Deuteronomy 31 / Isaiah 3-4 / Colossians 1
When I bring them to the soil that I swore to their fathers, flowing with milk and honey, and they eat and are sated and grow sleek and turn to other gods and worship them and despise Me and break My covenant, it shall be, when many evils and troubles find them, this song shall testify before them as witness, for it shall not be forgotten in the mouth of their seed, that I knew their devisings that they do today before I brought them into the land which I vowed.
He was bringing them in even though He knew what they would do, because of the nature that inhabited them to be and do the opposite of what He wanted from "His people." He brought them in anyway, because He knew that out from all her millions would come just One who was as He desired a human to be, and the One was all the Father needed to have a family near Him, close to Him that He could enjoy and reward because He knew that that One had actually, purposefully and against all odds chosen Him over all that was alluring, what looked good to the eyes, what could satisfy the craving that was allowed to attempt to sway him away from the Father. Being conformed to the way of the Father and not the animal is such a monumental thing whose absolute seriousness and difficulty can't be seen until one is brought into the place where he becomes aware of the distinction between being led by the animal versus denying its power to lead one. It's difficult to put that process into words because it's so hard to separate and identify being led by the animal as a thing that one can observe and analyze.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
Since it's such an integral part of who we are and how we operate it's really quite difficult to say anything about it because it's just the way we are and how we live, even at the very core of our fiber and our fundamental consciousness. That is why what the firstborn Son actually did in denying the powerful animal the right to rule him is such a monumental feat of accomplishment and why it's worth so much to the Father. It also reveals the hideousness of saying that the Son existed as a god before he was created in the woman's womb by the Father, because that effectively removes all significance of the work he did in denying the animal the right to rule over him, and why the Father loves him because he chose to do what the Father wanted instead of what he may have wanted via the prompting of the animal to satisfy his cravings and appetite and receive the validation he deserved from the humans by the power of his own hand to effect it for himself, which was his right being the Son of God, the Messiah whom Israel had been waiting for.
In that day the Branch of the LORD will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel. Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire. Then the LORD will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over all the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.
He was the beautiful One whom the prophets spoke and wrote about because God put the image of his beauty in their minds and hearts. He grew up before the Father like an ordinary human except for his insides, which were different than all the others. In his secret mind and heart he was being told to that he was the One whom all Israel had been waiting for, yet on the outside it appeared to the otherwise, because he seemed like such an ordinary human there, so in that place it seemed unlikely that what he heard in the secret places was actually true. Wondering if what God said in the secret places was actually true—because he heard the voice yet in his outwardness he seemed very ordinary like all the others—he had to choose to either believe what the secret voice of the Father was telling him in the hidden places deep inside him, or else believe the animal which was pointing him to the otherwise by every other means whereby the humans usually observe and judge about what they will choose to believe.
"If you are the Son of God," he said...
The Son had to say to the animal tendency that was allowed to try to sway him away from how the Father wanted him to go, that he believed the Father who told him who he was, and even though he could have proven it and garnered for himself by the power of his own devisings the agreement of acceptance and validation from the humans who would have adored and honored him a thousand times more than David and Solomon; nevertheless he went the way the Father told him to go—quietly and without much of any outward revealing of his true identity to the humans. Throughout the entire nation of Israel, the only ones who seemed to be sure of his identity were the more common and unacceptable members of the society, whose opinion about such matters counted about as much as a dog's opinion. The identities of those who were allowed to see who he really was according to the Father—common menial workers, tax collecting enemies of the state and insurgent rebels from Galilee—is such a strike in the face of the humans and the way they attribute value and qualification.
"Who do you say I am?"
This is the model of belief handed down to the sons who must follow in his footsteps and go the way he went to the Father—never a guarantee of validation from the humans at large on the outside, and only the slightest agreement of validation from the humans whose opinion amongst counts for very little, on purpose. The only real and persisting agreement comes from the inside where the voice is telling the sons who they really are in the same hidden way that it spoke to the firstborn Son. Only the naturally non-apparent voice that could be mistaken for some natural occurrence which the humans around them do not hear and so cannot ever validate. It subtly takes the sons in directions that they naturally detest, because what's in them to love and run after is opposed to where the voice of the teacher is set on taking them—away from what they are and want to be because of the agreement that was formed within them and has already taken a strong hold in their heart as their permanent identity, so they assumed.
The voice of the Father telling His own true yet secret sons who they really are speaks in the same secret way and places that it spoke to Jesus when it told him who he really was. They have to choose to believe what the voice is telling them, or believe what the animal is telling them—that it must not be true because of how it looks on the outside and the absence of the validation that would prove to them it was true. This is the definition of belief as it applies to the sons of God, who all go the same way that the firstborn Son went. The human version of belief has been reduced to believing that certain facts are truer than other facts, or believing that the jesus god existed as a god before he was born (or not believing that).
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while,
"He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith.
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.
Because of the long period of darkness and desolation of that which once existed amongst the humans, instead of "I believe the voice of the Father who is telling me who I am to Him," it has become reduced to, "I believe that this factoid is more true than that factoid, that this piece of information is more true than that piece of information." Within the old "Our gods are better than your gods" mentality born out of and still existing by the same order of the system of the old Roman gods, who were obviously more powerful than the Greek gods—why they displaced them—salvation has been reduced to adhering to a certain set of factoids over another set of them. Their systems of "belief" tell a much different story than that which is established by the Son in the record that describes his journey—the way he went to the Father.
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The Son said to those who had been chosen to know he he was, "No one can come to the Father unless they go the way I am going, traveling the same path I am traveling. For you who are being given the ability to believe that I am the one I claim to be, there is only one way to go, which is the way I am going, as I am showing you.Not ever on the outside, but only in the secret places where the counselor will instruct you. Never validated by the humans at large, but only by those brothers whom the Father by His mercy is giving you as the witness you will need to continue down the path. As He has given you to me, so you are being given to each other. That is why it is so imperative that you love and take care of each other because your brothers are all you will have as per the witness you will need to continue down the path I go, which goes to the Father."
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
Because of the work of the One, the many who are called the remnant, which is the tiny sliver of the humans who ever existed from Abel to John the baptist, and then again beginning in the new era starting with the 12 chosen men, could also be remembered by the Father so that they can surround Him. They are the mystical, hidden sons, who are taken out of the world and separated from the humans by being those who have had the truth and life of the Father revealed to them in their human bodies, down in the secret mysterious places of their heart, below their mind and normal thought processes. The hope of Israel is that the Father would realize what the creation of the phenomenon of Israel represented.
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Not Israel as the humans understand it, which is nullified by the inclusion of the Gentiles. Those who are called to secret Israel which is the Israel of God, like the firstborn Son, have also chosen the Father with their lives, and their reward was that the firstborn Son would live inside them to be able to teach them from inside their heart how to be good sons for the Father, just as the Father had also secretly lived inside the Son's human body before he finished his work and then went to Him to finally become One with Him so he could, by the power of the Father which he is inheriting, live in the bodies of the humans he loved.
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Everything is about the Father and His family of those who have chosen Him over everything they could have had a right to have, being animals. They give up that right to be and indulge in what the animals love for the sake of being conformed to a better way which is revealed only to them.
Since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully* giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
*The word "joyfully" belongs with the previous clause instead of the clause it is associated with this translation. The verse should actually read more like, "...so that you may have joyful endurance and patience..." This is important because it changes the flavor of the meaning of the passage. Endurance and patience is one idea, but joyful endurance and patience is another. Where the young believer resents his brother for being a nuisance, the mature spiritual man has joy. He also knows that enduring in the trials that God specifically engineers for him allows him to grow in the spirit man as his flesh man dies a little bit more as he moves along the spectrum from animal to son, from Adam to Jesus, from satan to God.
Why do the younger believers have problems, as is attested to in Paul's and Peter's writings? The animal nature is so strong in them that it causes all kind of problems in the body of the Lord's bride. It isn't that big a problem before the Lord comes and they're initially changed, but once the spirit lives in a son's body it can recognize the same life/spirit living in another (that is the Lord in us). That's how we know we are his, we can recognize it on a level completely unavailable to us before. However, the animal also recognizes the animal in the other, and does everything it can to pull it out of the other so that it can flourish instead of being subdued, the way God wants it. Why does He want it subdued? It's all about chaos and uncleanness, spewing out pollutants and needing to control everything for its own gain, exploiting every situation it can to that end. With all its chaos and self-direction, why wouldn't He want it subdued.
Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
In the opening verse Paul lays out 4 ways in which we can know we are pleasing to the Lord and that we are living worthy lives in his name. Loving our brother, knowing God, enduring, and giving thanks to God for what He has done for us are how he says we can do this. They are what we are growing into as mature sons of God—what we are learning to be instead of what we naturally are. Each one is a radical change from our old nature, and each takes something that we don't possess within ourselves. It comes from God, who gives us our new nature, the nature of Jesus. Only by this new nature are we able to look more like him instead of the animal, every day we're being changed. The first and third are similar in nature, as are the second and fourth. If we combined them and made them 2 instead of 4, this passage is very much the same as Jesus telling us the greatest commandment—to love God and our neighbor more than ourselves.
Loving the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, or knowing our Father and giving thanks to Him for what He has done for us.
Jesus lives in us to reveal to us who our Father is, who also lives in us. It's important to learn who our Father is because we have a relationship with Him now, not once we are resurrected. He speaks to us in these mortal bodies to reveal that to us, just as he had to the 12 who were given to him for that reason. It is that relationship which is the seed of the kingdom, planted in us, that grows into what will overtake all the weeds (all the various ways of the animal), so that we finally know Him and are known by Him.
Many will say to me on that day, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?" Then I will tell them plainly, "I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!"
Knowing our Father is in itself a method by which we are changed, because as we know our Father and what He is like, we will want to please Him by turning away from that which separates us from Him. Actually becoming aware that He is in us makes us able to do that by realizing that feeling of closeness when we are being conformed, as well as losing that feeling when we're choosing to go our own way, like the first humans who wanted to satisfy their lust for the thing that looked good to the eyes (on the outside) instead of being conformed to and content and happy with what the Father wanted them to have. Also, we understand the contrast between our new Father and the serpent, who taught us to fear and live as animals in the world filled with animals. Along with knowing who our Father is comes knowing what He has done for us, and our hearts become softer and filled with thanks and love toward Him who has chosen us and is pulling us out of the world, less fearful of that which before dominated us in every way. Actually understanding that we are chosen specially enables us to comprehend that He loves us particularly and wants us to know Him. That's the beginning of love.
Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.
We give thanks out of a pure heart because we know that we are being moved from darkness to light, and that He has given us the inheritance of Himself, which He promised to Abraham. When we truly know our Father, and know that He has pulled us out of this world and realize that He has given us the deposit and guarantee of our redemption, then we can't help thanking Him from our heart. These hearts are becoming purer each day as we grow into that inheritance, which is the Father and the Son living in us, as the Son promised to those men who were chosen to be his true brothers. Even when earthly princes are young, they have to wait for their inheritance as they grow up into it, but each day they know they are a little bit closer to realizing and receiving it.
Loving your neighbor as yourself, or bearing fruit from your good works and joyfully enduring with patience.
Doing good works and enduring and having joyful patience with our brothers is the same thing. All this is necessary in our relationships with those who have been called children of God with us. It will take power from God to do this, an actual change in our nature, because we're naturally going to want to see them as competitors and therefore tear them apart, rather than patiently endure with them. When we are given birth from God, we will be shown our animal nature, and the animal nature in our brother will be even more evident to us. It is much stronger in a young brother than one who is more spiritually mature. At times we will want to rip that person to pieces because of the trials we will suffer together—the trials of bearing another's burden, which becomes very heavy with the weight of the old man, who naturally and always wants himself to be put first instead of last. We endure, though, because that is how we learn the new way of becoming the living sacrifice as Jesus was. It's not just a concept, it is a spiritual reality and one that must happen if we are to become children of God.
At times it will definitely feel like we are dying, and death is painful. But he gives us respite, just when we think we can't take anymore he eases the burden for us. Miraculously, things will change and all things will be new again. That is how he works, continuously regenerating us in real ways altogether new to us, that are significant and that we can feel and understand. These are the silent, hidden miracle of the voice of the teacher who speaks in us, unheard by the world of the humans around us no matter how certain they claim to be able to know the way to the Father. These are the things that keep us close to the Lord and what he's doing in us to give us the new reality and nature of the son instead of the animal.
We bear fruit when we do good works, including loving our brothers and taking care of them because they are God's possession first, and our only witness to the life that is hidden from all the rest. That's not a consciousness we can just drum up from within ourselves, and it doesn't happen immediately. It happens as a process, as everything that grows in the creation is a process. In that sense it is alive and has to be nurtured like a young plant growing amidst the forces of nature threatening to take it down. But it's also within that creation that the thing grows. So it is with God, who created the evil that once was our friend, but now is our adversary—so we could come out of it and find our way to Him. That is the opposite of how we used to operate, living for and serving only ourselves, which makes sense because that's what the animal is.
God has already eaten the satisfying meal of the great passover Lamb of God. Jesus' body was the meat and bread, and Jesus' blood was the wine that God consumed and was finally satisfied. No longer did He need the sacrifice of animals for that soothing savor that only temporarily satisfied Him as the old covenant. Israel and the daily sacrifices went away with that old covenant.
When we go against our own nature and love Him instead of ourselves we produce fruit for God to eat. We can never give God the sacrifice that Jesus gave Him, but our sacrifice nonetheless satisfies Him in small ways, and in those small ways we look like Jesus, the object of God's great love. Only the power of God can allow us to endure the trials and have patience with joy. Trials are necessary because they make us trust our Father who we cannot see, instead of ourselves, what we learned as animals—the only thing we knew before. They are the things that change us from what we used to be to what we are becoming, and with each one they squish out a tiny bit of that old man, the self-serving son of Adam. He left us as orphans, but our Father adopted us and made us dearly loved children of His.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will...
What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?" declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.
The poor are those who haven't for whatever reason been able to take advantage of the system that the humans made and maintain for their own good, to promote their own survival at whatever expense. That is the working out of the animal nature in the humans, and it was what happened with Israel as the leaders went astray and led the children away from God with them. God loved David because he was a true shepherd of God's flock, turn them away from His enemy and toward Him. By the time Isaiah wrote, many of his ancestors had done just the opposite. Always needing to satisfy themselves by the constant feeding frenzy of the animal within them, they turned away from God and His covenant to satisfy and fulfill their own desires, and they turned against their brothers who they should have been helping but were exploiting instead.
The same thing happened with the truth of the new covenant in the first century, as it got turned into yet another exploitation device by the animals, the leaders using it as a way to control the poor for their own gain. It's not much different than what happened over and over in Israel, which is why there are 2 Babylons, the first a copy of the second—the whore who calls herself the bride. The second, though figurative, is more important than the first because it pointed to the fact that the new covenant would be going into captivity.
Everything is okay, and happens according to the will of God. Probably God just wanted to live in peace with His beautiful, perfect, obedient Son for a good long while before having to deal with the animals again. All their whoring, chaos, lies, dirtiness and everything else they do that makes them abhorrent to God, while they all think He just loves them so much for all the "good" they do. The mature human animals are this way to God, so contrary to the great lie made up and maintained by the great whore—that He loves everyone the same. That god of babylon has no preference, so it also has no sons—just one big amorphous mass of nondescript humanity—and therefore can have no love.