Joshua 5-6 / Isaiah 10 / 2Thessalonians 1-2
In that day the remnant of Israel, the survivors of the house of Jacob, will no longer rely on him who struck them down but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.
What God wanted from the beginning was to have for Himself a people who relied on Him instead of themselves. He wants to be a Father to sons who hold Him up and look to Him in a real way, not out of obligation or ritual. The rituals don't mean anything to God, who can see in the deepest parts of our heart. What He wants is a people who do not rely on humans, or their animal selves, but on Him in a way that cannot be comprehended by the humans because it is not in the experience that any of them are familiar with. He is the good Father who wants a family of good sons who love and honor Him instead of their own self-preserving lives, which they're naturally drawn to protect and nurture in their survivalistic mode. Remaining in this mode of being an integral part of an inferior (yet incalculably magnificent) creation is to remain merely another tiny, ultimately insignificant part of that which keeps going forward but not in a straight line of ascension, but like a circle that keeps renewing itself—reinforced by the movement of the things which miraculously keep coming back around to their same place so they can begin again. The sons who are called by the secret Father are given the very difficult task of breaking free from the cycle that holds them and everything in place like a spinning wheel that never stops, by unbecoming what they naturally became when they went through their process of puberty which landed them fully locked into their position of mature animal which is aware of what and how it must be to fulfill its role in the creation—an animal that knows how and what it must do to survive in the world full of competing animals.
Blessed is the man
who makes the LORD his trust,
Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but my ears you have pierced;
Then I said, "Here I am, I have come—it is written about me in the scroll.
Relying on the humans is the mistake the first first humans did when they relied on the metaphorical animal (woman trusts cunning, lying animal) and each other (man trusts woman) to give them the truth, information they needed by which they could make proper decisions about important things. The humans conspired together with the animal against the only One who actually had the truth, to believe the lie and therefore they became cursed by being fully given over to what they chose to love and wanted for themselves at the expense of what the Father intended for the children He wanted to have. What looked good to the eye was an illusion that they made real by conspiring together to believe it by agreeing with that which deceived them. That it could make them better than what the Father offered them was the lie that they chose against what the Father had told them, so they were bound to the metaphorical animal they trusted and conspired with, the first disclosed report about the administration of God's ironic, poetic justice.
They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
After that sequence they can only be counted on to have the nature of the animal in them and be driven by its instincts of fear and hiding from the God who hides from them, which is why they are driven to selfishly act for their own interests across the board with no exceptions, the same way all animals are driven to do what they do by the instinct hat rules them on a level far below their ability to observe, cognize, judge and act. It is not something they control, but is in them as a matter of automation, and like software in a computer it makes them act a certain way which they are all bound to via their uncontrollable urges, needs, impulses, cravings, fears, drives, etc.
They devoted the city to the LORD and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.
In contrast to the feeling that human life is inherently sacred and valuable to the humans who control the world, it is not necessarily so according to God. Whereas the humans consider their own selves the highest good, which radiates out from their own existence; what is valuable to God who isn't limited by that highly subjective constraint is the family of His own particular sons. The droves of common humans are more to God like rats are to men than they each regard themselves. The idea that God sees and loves everyone and wants everyone to be crammed into whatever heaven or paradise the humans have conceived is a lie that pervades all the religious institutions the humans have ever created because the lie is based on their own conception of themselves—that any god must certainly feel the same way about them that they themselves do. The idea that more is better is revivalist philosophy learned from the culture it grew up in; however it belittles the character of God. It says that God is so cheap and indiscriminate that He'll take anyone and make them all His precious, beloved sons because He must be like a machine without limitation of feeling or emotion, even though the words say to the otherwise. Bigger numbers for the humans means more of every kind of currency that they crave for themselves—financial and egotistical.
The humans were made in God's image; an image is a copy of the original. The relationship between a good human father and his son is an inferior copy of God's desire for His own sons. Just like the humans don't want a house filled with children that they don't even know, let alone love; so it is with God. He isn't a limitless machine; He gets angry and jealous. He also has the capacity to love but it isn't a limitless love, which would make that love generic and impersonal, as is the assumption amongst the liars. Because they don't know Him (because they haven't been chosen to know) they think that must just be the way He is with everyone—limitless and impersonal—so He must just be an unknowable god who treats everyone the same.
The miracle of life is incredible—the formation of one embryo turned into a human being requires billions of things to happen in such a short span of time. It demonstrates the power and majesty of God who creates such complexity and beauty. Yet at the same time it is very common, because it produces an endless stream of self-driven God-haters, self-worshipping little animals who are bound to their own plight via the nature that can only serve its host. Each one is cursed with the overriding consideration that their own lives are inherently so valuable, so they can only ever love themselves. They cannot love the Father and His purpose in their condition.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life (I do what He wants, what will enhance His purpose instead of doing what my self-driven animal is tempting me to take for my own self to survive better).
With all of its exceeding complexity, the natural world is still only a copy of the better thing. The real miracle is the real birth of a real son, which when it happens is hidden from the world of humans. Jesus was the first to be born this way, and he was completely and entirely hidden from the world of humans, kept secret by the Father according to His purpose that it happen in that way. The Son is the first to be raised from the dead into the assembly of the firstborn, where he is the cornerstone of the house that is the building where the Father lives and will live amongst those who love Him, who have actively chosen Him over their own right to live out their lives like all the other common animals. That is the message of the real Jesus, that he chose to break that chain and curse, to not be just like all the other animals who can only choose their own way and purpose, therefore cannot ever love the Father or His.
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
"You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve.
Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."
I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born of God.
Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, "You must be born again." The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the spirit.
Spiritual birth is not what the liars keep saying, that it's open for any and every Tom or Dick who wants to secure that eternal condition of being able to survive forever, which is very appealing to the animal which spent its entire life surviving. The family of the living, secret God is so exclusive and limited that it's hard to conceptualize, difficult to speak and write about because it's so different than anything we could imagine might be true. That's what makes it so valuable because it's so protected from the humans and their ability to just reach out their hand and grab what isn't theirs. As the Son of God said, what the Father reveals to whom He has chosen is like hidden treasure. That's not just a concept but a necessity if we are to see that what the leaders keep promising has happened, hasn't. When an ordinary man finds out that there is treasure buried in a certain field, and only he knows about it, then he does everything in his power to acquire that field so he can dig up the treasure and claim it. So it is with the sons of God, to whom the secret mystery has been revealed.
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
Those who hear the mysterious voice learn that the only way to secure what the good Father wants them to have for themselves is to sell everything else they have—literally and figuratively which they begin realizing isn't worth anything—so that they can get what is truly valuable, yet kept hidden as per the parable. Selling everything they have means lots of things, but it centers around giving up their right to be an animal like all the other humans around them so they can learn to be another type of creature, one of the new creation of God, one of His own secret sons in the world of the humans who remain merely animals stuck in the magnificent circle of renewing life cycles.
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God.
The "Israel of God" is that which metaphorical Israel represented, the "better Israel," which is the purpose of the good Father to find and have with Him all the members of the family He has wanted from the beginning. They are those who find the secret treasure that nobody else knows about (because it's kept hidden from those from whom it's not intended). That is a small part of what the spirit is for—to tell the son about the treasure and where it is, then what is required to get it. The spirit is the life of the Father and the Son, who give birth to a child and raise him in the knowledge of his new life, and reveal to him who his real Father is, and who his real family of brothers are. Not those who share his natural DNA (common animals), but those who share the Father's DNA with him, who have also seen the treasure and are choosing it and what it takes to get it, who are willing to do what is necessary and obey the rules that are put in place by the Father, which the Son conformed to, which all the sons of God must conform to in the order of the firstborn Son.
The ordinary humans don't know the rules, so they cannot be trusted to teach the sons what they are, which is the mistake from the beginning. The conversion of a son of God is a totally supernatural and spiritual phenomenon, which is not initiated by the humans or controlled by them. They don't even know what's happening, so there's no way for them to be able to control it like they control everything in their lives. The work of the Teacher penetrates the physical and the natural. It is the living word that speaks to the heart of the animal to begin to purify him and turn him back into a child, making him clean so that his Father can live in his body, which becomes the better temple, the spiritual house that God is building to finally dwell in, at peace with His own true sons. He cannot, will not, dwell in a house that is filled with the uncleanness and self-seeking chaos of what Adam was turned into. The spirit creates in us a place of peace where God can dwell amongst His sons, which is what the land represents, and the intention of the true Father to deliver His own true sons to that place where He can live with them. Unlike the Israelites (our consummate warning), the sons are required to obey the Teacher (not us or any other human) so that they keep that place clean of what contaminates, what leads them back to that spinning circle and away from the peace they can have by slowly ascending in a straight path to the Father and their intended home. Living around and amongst the animals can only bring a spirit of chaos into the relationship between the Father and His sons, and each one is responsible to keep the house holy by being separated from the chaos and reproach that the animals can't help but bring.
Then the LORD said to Joshua, "Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you."
This is what has to happen in the son's body/heart before he can enter into a relationship with the Father. The common idea about God is that He's just so cheap that he wants the whole flock of unclean animals herded into His presence, crapping all over and defiling the house and everything in it, creating the chaos and havoc that their self-serving nature always leaves in its wake. That's what they think and say He must love, because they assume God feels the same way about them that they feel about themselves. The humans can't know, yet they claim to know, which is a combination that only ever leads to misguidedness based on false presumption. If the animal nature is not being purged from the son's heart he can't even come near God, so it follows that he can't be in a relationship with Him or be known by Him and loved as a son because he's like every other animal that is running around on the earth, driven by a nature that cannot know Him. They can only make up their gods, which serve them the way they like and need to be served—gods who will conform to them, not the other way around. They may seem appealing to what lives in the animals, but they have no power because they're made up just like the Roman and Greek gods were made up out of the minds and according to the will of the humans. It is not an accident that the whore (christianity) was born in Rome, the confederation of humans who were able to impose their will on everyone else, establishing the lie that exists even to now, which most of the world of humans still believes in whatever form it has morphed. There are many brands of christianity, all coming from the the whore's foundational lie that the Son of God existed as some kind of god before he "came into the world."
Jesus never became a mature animal in the sense that he was ruled and driven by that nature—he never passed over from human child to dead animal (the purpose of puberty), but was held there by the Father, who never let him see that corruption. The Father's life, living inside him, made sure of that because it was in him from when he was conceived. Never becoming a mature animal means he never took on the animal nature into himself to become corrupted by it. It never ruled or dominated him—what it tried to do in the temptation—so he was perfectly clean and unpolluted by it. It was a combination of the Father's life/work in him, and his work too, believing that he was who the Father told him he was, and denying the animal (as seen in the temptation record) so that he remained pure. In hat way he was different than all the other animals (clean and spotless), and he worked out his own salvation with God by conforming to His purpose and helping Him, by actively choosing the Father and therefore showing his faith not in any mouth babble but in what he did with his life, which was the hardest thing imaginable.
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
The condition of the life of God living in the sons' natural bodies is another copy of the truest reality, which is that His sons will all together make up His eternal home where He will live, totally surrounded by the ones who love him the most. That is the place of peace, surrounded by love, and His sons will be around Him, where good, loved sons should all be—gathered around their Father so He can enjoy them. The son must be changed by the spirit from unclean mature animal to son first—not just in concept but in the spiritual reality of the Father's truth.
God is the spirit; He exists as spirit in a spiritual world inhabited not by earthly but spiritual beings. The mature animal is a friend to the world and its values, what it loves, and they run after what their nature dictates to them. The son becomes a stranger to the world, and gets set apart from it, living as a stranger in a strange land. The world hates him because it can't see itself in him, and the life of God is something so foreign to it that it reacts with the fear of a trapped animal, angry for no apparent reason except that it feels it's trapped and can't go anywhere. It accepts and loves those it recognizes look like them, who have it's spirit in them.
Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
The humanism of modern times has developed all kind of religious philosophies that worship the creature as never before. We see from the Jericho account that human life is not valuable in itself to God, which is such a departure from what the humans are willing to accept, especially those religious institutions that merely mirror what's going on in the culture around them. That's important to note because you can't get to God via anything in the natural; even the words are invisible and hidden. The printed words are just reinforcement, copies of the real thing that can only be pointed to because it's so secret and other-worldly.
When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city.
What does the city of Jericho represent for the sons of God? The nation of Israel moving into the land is a metaphor of the son of God being delivered and presented to the Father by way of the Son's work. The people in the land represent for the son all the workings and tendencies of the old heart; the way we used to be, live, think and believe—perhaps more importantly the way the humans continue to believe and live by (why the sons must become separated from the humans because exposure to them can only hurt the sons, like letting the Canaanite live amongst the Israelites). The nature that rules the humans is of self-dependence and preservation and belief in only what they can see with their natural eyes, hear with their natural ears and understand with their natural mind. It is all the pervasive lies of the adversary, anything that sets itself up against the knowledge of and devotion to the Father, what holds up the self and the creature to be worshipped. It is the lie of the snake from Genesis that we can be something apart from God, that we can take anything we want by our own hand, that we don't have to wait for Him to give it to us.
When we are born of God we have a new Father and we are a new creation. While we are young we will still carry around the baggage of the old man. But as we grow in the power of the spirit we will be changed into the likeness of our Father because we'll have His spiritual (unrecognizable) DNA, and His life will grow in us. However at first and for a while we will look more like the animal because the life of God will be small (just like a seed), and it takes a long time to grow and take over all the weeds that before were dominating the garden. God's warning to the Israelites is the warning to us: if we allow the things of the old life to remain, if we keep allowing the animal nature to lead us, they will contaminate us and cause us to worship other gods (our own selves, which we're naturally and instinctually prone and given over to do). They will cause us to move away from our Father because the land is being contaminated by the unclean, where the Father cannot live—the relationship where we can love Him with a pure and devoted heart because it has been changed. It isn't automatic and we have a part to play—to deny the enemy, to listen to the Father's voice and heed it, just as Jesus the pioneer of our salvation did. Our part is just to sit at the Teacher's feet and listen to his words, which can lead us to the Father. That is the best thing we can choose, just being safe in the Father's house without the animal and its garbage and noise. The way of the humans is always that garbage and noise, what the Father hates.
Martha had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made (what the humans are always busy with all their lives, being responsible to themselves and what others expect of them). She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"
"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed (to sit at the feet of the Teacher and hear then heed his words, to be safe in the Father's house—to become the house where the Father can live). Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
The most responsible thing a son of God can do is thumb his nose at what the humans think is so valuable and sacrosanct. Their only allegiance is to the Father, who is against the humans and their gods (themselves), as they are against Him. The sons learn obedience through the things that they suffer, just as Jesus did. The many things that happen in and around them, some easy and some hard, will all work for their good, if they have been called to know that love, to go into the land. They will purify them and make them understand that they cannot rely on themselves anymore. Consider the animal and how it goes to any length to avoid suffering. The sons on the other hand will start to love whatever leads them to their Father, because they know it is from Him, for His purpose and their good. The suffering from God is not random, as it is in the world, but perfectly engineered for them and their situation. Because He knows every hair on their head, He also knows what they need to grow, and they will be changed.
During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.