Joshua 18 / Isaiah 24 / Hebrews 6-7
For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.
How was he made perfect forever? Firstly, he was being made perfect all his life as he heard the voice of the teacher inside him slowly and gradually teaching him against choosing the wrong—the natural human animal inclination—and for choosing the right which was hidden and secret, unavailable to the humans because that process hadn't been disclosed on the earth until the Son "came into the world." Other sons had a taste of being constrained and conformed by the Father's commands so that they couldn't help but speak the word that had been planted inside their hearts, but the Son who "came into the world" was as different from his brothers as was the work he was "sent" to do. Hearing the Father's word and believing Him who spoke to the Son, then choosing to conform to what He wanted the Son to be against what otherwise would have made him like every other animal, was another way the Son was in the process of being made perfect. After conforming to the Father's commands all through his life and finally to the end of it, then it was on the Father to finish making the Son perfect. Being raised up from the ground which would have otherwise swallowed him up and made him one with it like every other thing that exists is the first thing the Father did. Then being brought near to the Father so close that he was made One with Him was the thing that finally perfected the Son. Being made One with the Father, fully and finally, means that he could no longer be made one with the natural creation.
How could any of this process have any meaning whatsoever if the Son were already perfect because he pre-existed as a god? It cannot, yet the entire christian world rests on that assumption, and if you try to explain how that view makes the explanation of the Son's relevance to those who would follow him a muddled mess, and a mockery of his importance to the Father, you won't get an audience because the world of the facts they adhere to (what they "believe") is built upon that fundamental lie. Therefore the whole rest of it has to be contorted and reshaped to accommodate that lie, because when that is the beginning then the bedrock, significance and all ramifications of the whole thing is changed into something it's not and never originally was. You will be scorned and labelled a heretic for proposing what is true because you'd be the only one, and that world exists because of the agreement of consensus they give to each other. If they all agree to adhere to the same lie, then it becomes true for them. It goes most simply like this: "How could we be wrong if there are so many who agree with us, and how could you be right if there are so few, if any, who agree with you?"
Then the angel said to me, "Write: `Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!' " And he added, "These are the true words of God."
This is what has ramifications for us who are still in these natural bodies. The wedding supper of the Lamb is for the same purpose as the unification of the Father and the Son. It is the true marriage, what human marriage can't ever accomplish because those who participate in that marriage are subject to so many variable external factors that affect how they act and what threatens them as well as what their desires, hopes and aspirations are going to be for themselves, separate from the other. More often than not the instinct to self-satisfy drives the humans apart, who once made their vows to never separate. The true marriage unifies the Son with the rest of the family of sons of God who have been chosen out of the world of the humans to become one with him and by that union, one with the Father. They would be nothing without becoming one with the Son, who is already One with the Father. Therefore their union will be into the eternal family, which is the Father's only enduring purpose for this creation. All the other trillions of simultaneous purposes always individually come to an end with many more there to replace what has died. God's family is the better, more perfect—hidden, secret and mysterious—thing that every seen thing can only ever point to.
If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the law was given to the people), why was there still need for another priest to come—one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law. He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar.
The writer says that Melchizedek represented a different, better tribe than Levi. He represented the power and word (intention) of God, His hidden and secret purpose from the beginning which existed before the 12 tribes were even established. Melchizedek's presence in the Abraham account designated that God had an order of righteousness intact which transcended what was seen, earthly, natural. He points to the spiritual tribe of God's real sons descending directly from God, seen in the secret life of Joseph who was chosen and taken by God. His family of sons transcends the natural creation and exists apart from it while the natural is unaware of its existence, assuming that they are the beginning and the end of everything. It is God's will and purpose to have His hidden family of sons whom He has chosen and who reciprocally respond to Him, closest to Him. He creates a secret life for them to which the natural creatures aren't privy. The sons are born into the creation as are all the natural creatures—purely animal, earthly, dull and heavy, always getting pulled back to the earth from whence the animal initially came. Then they are secretly taken out of that world just as Joseph was secretly taken out of his natural father's world.
Since God is pure spirit—just to say that there is nothing natural about Him—the sons must be becoming what they naturally aren't nor ever had been in order to become familiar with Him, to know Him and be able to be known by Him. We chart the spectrum as on one end purely natural animal—all about the tangible natural senses which all the animals exist by in the present temporary creation; and on the end other purely spiritual without any of the natural touching it—everything that God is, His world where He lives with the Son, as they are One. So the sons move along that spectrum from when they are purely animal, on the path toward their Father who is pure spirit. As they move along that spectrum away from what's heavy, earthly, animal; toward what transcends the earthly existence, their consciousness, or nature, changes. It has to in order for them to actually become sons who are being made perfect by this transformation from darkness to light. It is a process that continues to happen within the son ever so slowly and gradually even to the point where it seems like it's not happening, sort of like looking at a tree and thinking that nothing's really happening because it's such a slow process.
The new wine dries up and the vine withers;
all the merrymakers groan.
The wine represents the profound desire to know the true God through all the lies found in the natural. As the symbol of the new covenant it is all about this transformation of the sons' consciousness from dead animal to living son. It is a condition that has been altered, a consciousness that has been changed, that the purpose of God isn't in the natural creation but another, that which is slowly and gradually revealed to the sons so they are aware and can choose the better, more perfect thing.
This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
One of the first things Noah did after God purified the world with the water of the flood was plant a vineyard and drink the wine that came from it. That's the representation of the purification of the sons which means their very nature is changed from one thing to another, from evil (the world before the purification) to good (the new, purified world where God can start over with something new). Noah getting drunk on wine is about that change of consciousness, the altering of the basic state which happens to anyone getting drunk on wine. The difference is that having one's consciousness altered by wine is a temporary thing done by the power of his own will and ability to get the wine for himself that will get him drunk. In the morning he's back with his old, heavy, natural self. The changing of the sons' nature, his fundamental state of consciousness, is the thing that moves them toward their new nature, of the son not the animal.
Do not get drunk on wine (the natural process of altering one's consciousness), which leads to debauchery (self-driven worthlessness to contribute anything good to the process of transformation). Instead, be filled with the spirit (not the releasing of endorphins into the blood, a totally natural chemical process; but the true and lasting alteration of the nature of a son, which leads him away from his condition of being a slave to serving himself so that he can be concerned for the more perfect cause—the Father's purpose and treasure).
He (John) will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord.
He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the spirit even from birth.
Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
The sons' knowledge of God as they move along this spectrum from evil to good is not just thoughts, but a changing substructure of their actual identity which is formed by their nature and how it protects them from their external influences. This has to happen if the son is to become clean in his heart where God wants to live. He wants to be that close to His sons by living inside them in that hidden place, all the way into the most secret recesses of the thoughts and motivations of their heart. It isn't an accident that those things (thoughts and motivations of the heart) are not observable by any natural observation. The thoughts and emotions in the natural beings are invisible, as God is invisible. These point to an activity within the humans of something more than just what's observable to the eyes, the intangible area that is totally given over to the animal nature in all humans, what keeps them separated from God. It is the area that gets changed in the son, where God wants to live in him as per the Son's promise. To those who were faithful to him and did not abandon him, he promised the reciprocation for them from the Father and himself, once he had the power to do it.
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.
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. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
The transformation of the son from animal to what he is becoming happens on the deepest levels within him so he has no control over it except by choosing the right by being courageous, and being rewarded by the Father by the process of that transformation continuing within his heart to bring him even closer to the Father that way. He can't make it happen by the power of his own hand, like he can temporarily change his consciousness with wine. The external things of his former life will slowly fall off as he is changed from the inside out. From the invisible recesses of his heart his very nature is changed so that as he becomes another being the extraneous things more easily fall away from him too, as he moves along the path toward the Father, away from self-love toward being able to love another purpose besides his own dilemma all the time.
The city is left in ruins, its gate is battered to pieces. So will it be on the earth and among the nations, as when an olive tree is beaten, or as when gleanings are left after the grape harvest.
Isaiah keeps pointing to God's Messiah who would bring the new covenant with him and institute it among the sliver of animals He has chosen to hear His voice by doing the work that is the model and example of the other sons. This new covenant wouldn't be an earthly covenant like the old one. It was a covenant between the invisible God and His sons and would take place in the secret, hidden places of their heart. Not on the outside like the old covenant, by doing things in the earthly body, but in the secret places, via the spirit who is secret because He's invisible to the natural creatures.
"The time is coming," declares the LORD,
"when I will make a new covenant
It will not be like the covenant
I made with their forefathers
"This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel
after that time," declares the LORD.
No longer will a man teach his neighbor,
or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,'
By this new covenant and way that God could now deal with the sons (He could live inside them), He could purify them of the uncleanness of the animal nature from within, in their deep, secret, hidden places—what always kept them apart and separated from Him as per its purpose to keep the animals away from Him. As they become clean in the deepest, invisible parts of their being they become able to be brought near to Him because they are becoming clean in the place where He will be. It's what matters to Him because it's the most honest place in a man and tells the most honest truth about what he truly is, never minding any way he might look or act to the humans who observe from the inferior place which can easily be falsely construed about the man and what he is.
It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.
The concern about falling away from the nature of the son, after the process of pulling him away from the old animal nature has been done in him to bring him to a certain point of enlightenment—a fundamentally changed nature—is genuine in the writer. The copy and warning is the Israelites being pulled out of Egypt and promised their own land with God and their king and ruler instead of Pharaoh (the animal nature which used to rule the son). Instead of being servants to God's enemy they were mightily pulled out from being dominated and were being shepherded to the new land promised to Abraham. The frequent warnings about loving the things of Egypt is for us, about indulging the things that we used to love, a longing for the desires and satisfactions that we learned to employ before we were taken by the hand when the process began.
Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation." But Moses sought the favor of the LORD his God.
Moses' argument with God when He wanted to destroy them because of their love for the things of Egypt was for God's sake, according to the burden He put into Moses about His purpose and desire in the world. To prevent a public disgrace from happening Moses chose to be unselfishly wiped out along with them if God were to wipe out the copy of the more perfect thing. He was assuming the position and model of true leadership by being willing to be a sacrifice, to die on behalf of the better thing. Moses is the copy of the most perfect Son.
I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account.
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
Another warning to the sons, following along the copy idea, was to not follow the Israelites' mistakes but instead go to school and learn from the copy. Their laziness, greed and fear caused them to not totally destroy all of the inhabitants of the land once they were delivered to the place God wanted them to be and live in peace without the foreign influences. The thing that was presented to them was having their own land to live on, to prosper and enjoy their existences and serve and worship the One true God. Theirs is the copy of the relationship that the sons are presented with by the Lord, who wants to free them from their bondage to that animal nature and be delivered by him to the land, the relationship where he can live in peace set apart from the chaos and fear which totally rules the animals. That is the place where he can start to know his Father, and the great love He has for him. That is the place of safety and love, security and peace—only because it's also where he is being purified from the dross and crap of the animal nature. The two cannot exist together. He is being consecrated and made holy by the process that is initiated in him. He is moving away from being led by the animal. He learns new ways of being satisfied and fulfilled, and he learns from the Israelites' mistakes of turning back to Egypt in their hearts and not destroying the canaanite in the land.
"Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
Then the people answered, "Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other gods! It was the LORD our God himself who brought us and our fathers up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled. And the LORD drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will serve the LORD, because he is our God."
We must be on our guard because the temptation to love the old things will keep coming up. The glory of what's being presented to us will be dim in light of merely wanting to satisfy ourselves by what we can reach out with our old man hand and take. If we desire money or children or security or girlfriends or happiness or earthly love then we will get that, but we can't have what the Father wants to give us too—we have to choose to one or the other.
Joshua said to the people, "You are not able to serve the LORD. He is a holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, after he has been good to you."
But the people said to Joshua, "No! We will serve the LORD."
Then Joshua said, "You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to serve the LORD." "Yes, we are witnesses," they replied.
"Now then," said Joshua, "throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel."
And the people said to Joshua, "We will serve the LORD our God and obey him."
Those things the humans love are the things that they spend their lives running after; the inheritances of Adam, temporary things that cannot ever satisfy even though it seems they might, so they must be engaged in a lifelong pursuit of them. They are what the serpent provides for his children—temporary because man is temporary, just like everything that is natural is temporary and subject to the same cycles of death. God provides Himself for His children. The desire of David's heart was God, and God gave Himself to David, a relationship with Him where he could know his true Father's love, as He promised to Abram long before:
After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward."
Abram was afraid that he would not have a son who would carry on his name. He was looking at the natural and naturally was upset that his name would not be preserved by his own seed. God didn't say, "Do not be afraid, Abram" for no reason or just out of the blue, as we often think when we read this, like maybe it's just some sort of salutation. He is specifically addressing the thing that Abram is dwelling on and obsessing about, which comes out of him in the next verse:
But Abram said, "O Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?" And Abram said, "You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir."
In the verses that follow God addresses Abram's fear, but first tells him what matters more. Abram is worried about a son to receive his inheritance and ironically God tells him about his own inheritance. He and 318 men had just routed the kings who had captured his nephew. This was a preview of God going before the Israelites to capture the land He would give to his natural descendents. He also, after his encounter with Melchizedek, refused to take anything from the king of Sodom, which is the looking forward to God's sons being separated from the world, not running after what they love. Just after this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision and He told him those 3 things: "Do not be afraid about your name, I went before you in your battle and I was and am your shield, and I will be your reward. You will inherit me, a part of my own life which is the only thing that is eternal, so that you can be eternally in my purpose, one of my own sons. You are the copy of Me, being the true Father of the better thing of which your descendants will only be the copy.
You did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
One day we will inherit, as true sons of God, what He promised to Abram. Not the land, or the preservation of our name in the land, but God Himself, and His name on us as His true sons. The land is what the natural sons of Abraham inherited, which they also lost a few times over because they did not want God like Abram did. But it's not about the land, that's only the copy of what is real—God pulling us out of the natural creation and then living in us. That is what He promised to Abram before he became Abraham, the natural father of the natural copy of the more perfect thing.
The hidden promise of God to Abram was God Himself, living in him. It is also the inheritance promised to Abraham's real sons (faithful in their heart), who are God's sons, which are being made into the true temple where God will truly live in peace, surrounded by the love that comes from His sons to Him. The tabernacle and the temple are only copies of the spiritual reality that they point to.
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.
Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple.
What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."
"Therefore come out from them
and be separate,
says the Lord.
"I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."
Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
God will not live in a temple that is stained and polluted by the world's garbage, the self-preserving chaotic nature of the animal. We have a part to play, which is to learn to choose the right, and then to choose it so that we are guarding the good deposit that has been entrusted to us. When we know that our Father's enemy is the nature that rules the humans in all its forms and manifestations, we don't continue to bond with it and allow it to lead us and be our father like it used to be when we didn't have a choice but to be ruled by it. We see that it can't give us anything—the serpent always leaves us as orphans, unlike our Father who has adopted us and loves us, and is willing to show us that by giving us the guarantee of His own life in us that is tangible in an intangible, yet the most true way.
It's clear that we have a responsibility to that relationship, not to the world of humans, or the nature that wants to rule us, but to our Father who is making us pure and unstained with the world's crap as we respond to Him. Our responsibility isn't to our dilemma of how to constantly survive and accumulate whatever we're told is valuable but is all just temporary and worthless, but to the only thing that will last, which is the Father's purpose in the world—to have a family of His own sons. That is the more perfect reality of what every human father is just an inferior copy of.
We will be becoming more spiritually mature as good sons like the firstborn Son who teaches us to be that way when we heed the voice that speaks to us. Jesus was naturally from the line of Judah, but spiritually he was descended from the same line (the secret tribe) of Joseph whom God loved and chose over all the others who collectively are the copy of the animals. Melchizedek being greater than Abraham is the spiritual will and purpose of God transcending the natural. Hebrews 7 is an argument upholding the supremacy of the Christ. It's also speaking to the sons' secret spiritual heritage in the family of God. The Father keeps us hidden in the same manner as Joseph, the copy who pointed to Jesus the most perfect Son, was kept hidden by God.