Joshua 8 / Isaiah 12 / 1 Timothy 1-3
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his
government and peace
there will be no end.
The Jews made the one who was coming into what would serve them best, hiding in the lie that they were doing God some kind of favor by assuming the pomp for themselves by assigning it to their fictional version of what they wanted their Messiah to be—like Solomon who hated God by becoming a full-blown animal, indulging to the teeth in everything that was available to him because of his earthly power, as though that's even close to what He ever wanted from the leaders of His people.
"Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!" declares the LORD. Therefore this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: "Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done," declares the LORD.
They thought they could hold on to their animal identities (keep their life) and be blessed by God who is opposed to the animal (find life that is truly life and remain what they wanted to preserve for themselves). It's the classic human condition of wanting to eat the cake and still have it—to be able to eat it again. It's the general feeling amongst the liars that because there is nothing they can do to effect it except conform to what the group of humans agrees upon, then it must be free so there's no real cost except lip service & mouth babble, and learning how to act like the "good people." Because they don't know that the animal nature is the sinful nature, they embrace and partake in it fully, unawares—all the while thinking that sin is something outside of them, that the adversary is some devil flying around outside of them, assuming they're protected from it because they're "good," someone else than what they actually are.
"I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing," declares the LORD.
What they expected their version of Messiah to be is not what God delivered, just like what they expect of God now is not what He is willing to give. Nobody takes what they want from God; nobody uses the real God for their own gain like getting a job, being elected to office, or buying something. Being approved by the humans means nothing to the God who deludes the humans on purpose and does not respect who the humans decide will be a leader of His people. They don't even know who His people are, because they exist as a secret entity, just as He has made and kept Himself secret from them. One doesn't go to a human school to become a leader of God's people, nor is one made that by the will of any human (himself) or group of humans (whoever claims to know the way to God).
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.
They wanted the one who was more powerful than David, who would bring glory to the nation of Israel as David had done. More true than that, they wanted one who would glorify them because they would be his loyal subjects and would in turn be honored amongst the people for possessing and following the one who would make *them* great. They forgot who David was though, and that his heart was turned toward God first—the reason God chose him. He was the youngest and least favored of the sons of Jesse, whom God chose to be the leader of His people.
"The LORD has not chosen these."
Then the LORD said, "Rise and anoint him; he is the one."
This is a formula for the way God works—contrary to what the humans would themselves do, or expect that God will do. David looked out for God's concerns more than his own, just like he took care of his father's possessions (the sheep of his flock, which was a big part of his identity as a man) even at the risk of his own life fighting lions and bears, which points to the better Son and the definition of his value to the Father.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand (self-appointed leaders in that position for themselves) is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
The sons of Jesse represent the Jewish leaders as David points to Jesus the unlikely one, the one none of the humans saw because the humans look for things they learn to value—Saul, not David. Those who were looking forward to Messiah made him into someone who could give them what they wanted in the natural, which they conveniently made their own will for Israel—to be leaders of the most powerful nation that would rule the world. And no surprisingly, in their scheme of the way things would go, guess who would be honored by their version of messiah? The animal heart is deceitfully wicked because it always manipulates to serve its own self and ends, consistently and incessantly. The One whose heart was pointed toward truly wanting to take care of His possession is the One He loves.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.
The animal's ability to hide meant that their doctrine might have seemed like a noble thing on its surface, because of course they were doing god's work, and they were the "experts." Even the cause of Judas, who was a fierce nationalist, could have been construed as noble, especially in his heart. He was also looking for the glory of Jerusalem that would rule the world, another misconstrued interpretation of the words of the prophets. This is also what the leaders of the people waited for, and they expected to be first in line in the assembly of their messiah's court of officials.
The chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money.
The marriage of Judas and the leaders is especially poignant, as he betrayed the Lord for what the humans naturally love and value more than anything, all because Jesus was not what either side wanted him to be—not able to be manipulated to do their will. Neither understood the scriptures, what they were for and what they pointed to, as the Son did. He knew that Israel proper was just a copy for the better thing, the family of God's own sons. He also knew that the leaders who always act on their own behalf, because that's what animals naturally do, were not interested in the Father's purpose.
They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.
How did the writer know that they didn't know about the thing they claimed to be experts in, enough even to be called "teacher?" Because he knew who was teaching him, and it wasn't another human. He knew that all the self-appointed human leaders could do was look around and become validated by and find the ego agreement in the number of other humans they surrounded themselves with, those who reinforce their lies, and they are honored by those humans for their position as "expert," what the humans always love to honor (instead of God). It worked for them, according to the cravings that were instinctually in them and the many things for which they yearn. They got positively validated by the other animals, so they assumed they must be correct and that they knew what the Law said.
You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
I do not accept praise from men, but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?
The writer of the Timothy letters had crossed over from dead mature animal to son of God, and the spirit that searches the mind and heart of God supernaturally told him what the scriptures said and what they were for, the secret messages that they contained and pointed to, the new covenant that the Son would bring and initiate which would nullify the old one by its purpose. The law couldn't actually make someone righteous, but only pointed to what would make the sons pure and right before their Father. Even in the OT era a man couldn't become righteous under the law because it only pointed to the new law and new covenant that God would make with His sons (Jer 31). God chose those whom He wanted to become His own sons then, just as He did in the first century and is doing now. It is not as the humans assume it to be, like their own reality which is random and chaotic with everything left to chance.
The new covenant would be realized in and instituted by the Son of God, the promised Messiah who had not yet come, when he finished the work that the Father had for him (what the good son normally does). It was retroactive, applying back to all the sons that God the Father had chosen from before the great prophet "came into the world." That's how the entire family of God's sons will be saved, not by anything they did under the law but first because they were chosen, and then because the second Adam was unlike the first, who was faithful to everyone—himself, the helper and the animal—but the Father. The good Son was faithful to no one but the Father, and his faithfulness applied to the others as per God's will that it apply to them and nothing else—not by the will of any man.
Dogs have surrounded me;
a band of evil men has encircled me,
David loved the law, as he declares many times in his poems, but he didn't know completely why. They contained secret information about his supernatural Son who was also goin g to be the one who would save him from the grave (hell). The Son was the one who would save his ancestor and David loved him for what he was going to do for the Father whom David knew as Father because he was chosen to know—to be a son who could be retroactively remembered because the Son chose to not be an animal led by instinct. Their heart was the same in that they loved God and wanted to please him more than their selves. When Nathan was prophesying to him in the great declaration of Messiah's new covenant, he called him David's son, but it wasn't about any of his natural sons. They mostly followed after their father Solomon and spiraled into mostly evil shepherds looking nothing like their natural father David.
David said about him: "I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence."
Peter knew what the OT was about and for, who it pointed to and what the value of Jesus actually was, because his heart had been being transformed from animal to son. He crossed back over to the place where he was before he went through puberty and became a man. He left what was behind and pressed on toward that which he knew was true, and becoming truer as he went along in the new way of the child, of a son to God.
We tell you the good news: What God promised our fathers he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm: "You are my Son; today I have become your Father."
The fact that God raised him from the dead, never to decay, is stated in these words: "I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David."
So it is stated elsewhere: "You will not let your Holy One see decay."
For when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers and his body decayed. But the one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay.
The living word told Paul the truth about the scriptures, and he knew that those who presumed to be teachers of the law didn't know what they were talking about. He knew the secret and hidden truth contained in them, which had nothing to do with the natural but was totally supernatural and hidden from the world (the natural beings, animals bound to the natural creation). He responded to the living word and heeded the voice of the Teacher by what he actually—not conceptually—did. Throwing off the things that would hinder him (all the ways of the animal that the humans love and run after, what used to rule him) allowed him to more easily walk along that straight path to the Father, to be found in Him and nothing else—not any earthly identity, not a position of honor or glory (he knew what that was worth to the Father), not a good man or teacher, not "things," money, or anything else the humans spend their lives running after.
If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? If others have this right of support from you, shouldn't we have it all the more? But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ. Don't you know that those who work in the temple get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing this in the hope that you will do such things for me. I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of this boast.
Paul gave up his right to be honored and supported as a workman of God—reimbursed for the incredible gift that he brought to many—because it was in him to do the opposite of what the animals do, who expect to be paid and honored by other men for the "good" things they do. He made himself, by the choice for the Father, what Jesus made himself into, not just in theory (all the animals can ever do) but in the reality which reflected a pure heart toward the Father, to satisfy and fulfill His desires and will—after the heart of David who cared for Jesse's sheep more than his own life.
Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.
The supernatural condition brought about by the work of the spirit in him was cleaning his heart of the animal's reign in the most secret places, so he could be consecrated to God, able to come into His presence. By the time he was 25 or 30 years in the new way, the animal had been thoroughly purged out of his heart, and the lies that used to rule him became few. That meant he could know the Father and be found in Him, in the new identity and name He gave Paul. Everything is new for the son—new covenant, new heart, new identity, new aspirations and dreams, new desire, new treasure, new ways of being fulfilled, new value system, new Father, new master and Lord, new brothers, new family, new definition of love.
We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers--and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
This is what the animal condition and nature makes all of the humans across the board with no exceptions. The sons are those who are pulled out of that condition because of a choice that God has made—that they should no longer be slaves in Egypt but inherit the relationship of a son who knows his Father's love. The liars, those who assume their self-appointed positions of modern day teachers of the law who don't know what they're talking about, claim that they and those whom they lead can just move away from the sinful nature and become something they're not by their own power to convince other humans that they can, according to the system they've set up which they say can lead to God, which in reality is just an efficient producer of the agreement of consent that it doles out to those who agree to conform and participate in its purpose. They say that if you're true to their system and obey their rules then you will get on the good side of their gods.
The reason they are just like those Paul spoke about is because they don't even know what they're talking about when they diligently study the scriptures, because they believe the lies that the whore established so long ago, and that this animal existence means something. Everything they say just reinforces the rules of their own institution. They have no idea about the power of the animal nature to utterly rule them so domineeringly that they can't even notice its total control over them. Nor do they comprehend that *it is* the sinful nature that Paul spoke about so much, what he continually exhorted the other sons to move away from, because it keeps them from the Father, it keeps their hearts impure. Because they think that sin and evil is something they're set apart from because of their own ideas instead of the reality that it totally engulfs them, they have no idea of what they're even talking about. Their made up jesus, devil, sin, spirit, salvation, hell, earth, and heaven are completely powerless to effect anything true according to God, in His world.
I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.
The origins of their fathers' work is evidenced in their creation of positions of power and leadership within the church, which shortly evolved into the beginnings of the whore of babylon's rule of darkness. Shortly after Paul's death the animals took over the truth, and turned the church into a political institution with leaders who held positions of power, glory and respect amongst other humans. What the church became is what was dictated by the animal nature in the men who assumed their positions of power within it.
When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
They weren't as Paul was, as a true son of God was, but as the animal nature in them led them to be, as they instinctively followed its dictates to satisfy their cravings for power and honor amongst the humans, because they didn't actually believe that God would give it to them so they had to get what they could by their own earthly power. Not servants but served; not humble but expecting to be honored and glorified as their natural positions could afford them (just as the Jewish leaders had done before them with what was once good).
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God (because the life of the living Father lived in the Son), did not consider equality with God something to be grasped (as the first Adam had), but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!
The animal can never deny what its nature dictates to it. What Jesus and Paul became cuts directly into what the leaders can't move away from, even when they can't know what it is. What this verse reflects more than anything, which is the entire life of the Son, is that he wasn't an animal, wasn't led by that nature, and the way he acted definitively showed that. Paul knew the darkness was coming, that the truth would be taken captive into the coming babylon, the animal would rule the earth, and he talked about it a few times; so did John. They didn't realize it would last another 2000 or so years.
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised. But the people have not returned to him who struck them, nor have they sought the LORD Almighty.
Isaiah tells and retells the story of Israel's unfaithfulness toward God. Their entire history was filled with self-seeking, God-hating, self-satisfying greed and idolatry. The attitude of the group that called itself special and chosen by God reflected this perfectly, and God blind-sided them by their own greediness. He gave them a Messiah whom they couldn't recognize, whose heart was like that of David, who had a singular purpose to uphold the interests of the Father. A heart of true humility, contriteness and a broken spirit is what God's Messiah had. That is what God desires—a heart like David's, the opposite of man who can only, constantly think of how to serve himself—while he disguises it as something else, something "good;" some favor he's doing for God.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
Those leaders who try to disguise their self-interest with service to God are everywhere the humans are found congregating together. That's why Jesus warned the disciples to beware of the yeast of the pharisees, which was the hypocrisy of the animal—something it can't help. When it is allowed to take hold in the son, it spreads because it works with the animal nature, the old way. It finds a home and builds itself a stronghold without him even realizing what is happening.
We need to also beware so that we do not take what God has given to us and make it into something that will help us self-promote and self-preserve. We should be grateful and seek to maintain the humility and understanding that we did not do anything to deserve the gift that we received. We should not take credit for what we have and count ourselves more highly than we ought. The miracle of being given the secret truth is not something we earned, and we can fall away from that position in a second if we latch on to the haughtiness of the animal. When we learn to deny the animal we do it because we love our Father and don't want to be seduced by our enemy. Let that create an attitude of humility and thankfulness within us so that we do not use the gift from God for our own gain, however subtle it might be.