June 4th.

Joshua 22 / Isaiah 28 / Hebrews 11

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The world was not worthy of them.

The animal lives for this world. It obeys the cravings and lusts that well up within it to tell it what to do. It is an integral part of this world because it fits into it like all the rest of those who participate in it just as fully, being what they're programmed to be by obeying the commands that come from within, in the form of the instinct that drives them to be what they are. Though they like to consider themselves independent creatures who make their decisions all on their own, they are driven by another current underneath their ability to cognize so that they don't recognize it as it drives them along to do what they're driven to do so that any individual decisions they make aren't reasoned and objective, but are made along the lines that correspond to the instinct they follow, whether they know it or not. That's why they basically always act the same way: for themselves and on their own self-loving, self-interested behalf.

Doing this is not a bad thing for the animals who have no other choice, just as it's not a bad thing for a goose to fly away and leave its place to go some other place, or a lion to kill a zebra so it and its brood can survive. In the same way the humans are fundamentally driven by the same kind of instinct to get and have for themselves and their own brood if they have any, so that their existence will be enhanced by getting and having more for themselves. Their existence is a little more complex than the animal in the forest, so that when they feel like there's not much physical threat of annihilation, their drive to survive turns more to the emotional frontier where their place amongst the others becomes their focus of attention. Because they're driven to feel like they're surviving better amongst those they see as natural competitors, then whatever they can get to build up around themselves, literally and metaphorically, they use like bricks in a wall to make the walls of the fortress of their existence stronger, taller and stouter so they feel like they're surviving better. That's how the world and its participants works by and large, along the lines of these definite natural proclivities to be a certain predictable way.

The last will be first, and the first will be last.

One of the most distilled messages, taking into account all that the Son said, is that what seems to be one way in the world and amongst its participants, especially in their thoughts and intentions, is the opposite in the world that cannot be seen with the eyes, whose participants are not those who we deal with and who are like us who must participate in this predictable world where its inhabitants always act basically the same way—for themselves, on their behalf because they must or they will be trodden down by those who do. The Son basically taught those who wanted to follow him that in order to follow they must become what they couldn't become, what goes against every ounce of the driving instinct that defines their existence as a participant in the world.

You have heard that it was said, `Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.

It is impossible to follow the Son because the humans are driven by the opposite nature that they can't just deny, so that whatever they're doing they're obeying the commands within them to do whatever it is. This is why it's impossible to take the Son's words and turn them into human commands by which some of the humans try to rule over other humans to do their will to give them money or emotional currency, or just the agreement of consensus that their lie is actually true, which comes not from God but from that agreement they give to each other and have amongst each other when they conspire to give it. It's for the survival of their particular group amongst the other groups of the humans who conspire to do the same thing, who also want to establish the idea that their gods are better, stronger and more real than are the gods of the other group whose adherents' agreement with each other that their gods are better give it life (survival).

The groups who try to establish that their jesus god is better than all the others say that they follow his commands, or at least try, but they don't comprehend that it is impossible to obey what he actually said because of the nature that drives the humans to be precisely the opposite of what he was teaching his disciples. This is the explanation for all the milk-toasty, mush-mouth behavior amongst the christians, because they assume that by it they are somehow approaching, or at least trying to, love as the Son commanded. But what's driving them on a level below their thoughts and intentions, which they cannot control, is that natural instinct to be what it's defining them as—merely another one of the participants in the world full of competitors trying to get the same thing, that is, trying to achieve a better condition of survival. What they're after, which is perfectly suited to animals trying all their lives to survive, is an eternal condition of being able to survive forever—going to heaven. That is why they try to assume their affectatious postures of "love," as commanded by the Son, so that they can achieve this state of being able to survive forever. However, it just doesn't ever work because they're driven by a force they cannot control which commands them to be the opposite way than what love would look like, as meant when spoken by the Son.

Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. "You call me `Teacher' and `Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

The first clue here is the statement that he had loved "his own," who were in the world. The real Jesus wasn't some soft spoken candy-ass who loved everyone and wanted the humans to follow him. On the contrary, he chose his words when speaking to large crowds which he knew for certain would drive them away from him. He commanded the impossible because he didn't want them following him. When someone got close to the realization that he might actually be the Messiah, he told them to shut up and not tell anyone, but when one of "his own," whom he loved recognized who he was, he told him that the invisible Father had secretly revealed that to him and not any man, even himself.

Then the reason that the real Jesus taught that his followers must become what they couldn't become was to establish that only by a particular and secret revelation, because one was chosen to hear it, could that one—who would otherwise be just an animal driven by instinct and therefore couldn't obey his commands—actually be able to follow him. However, like those who went before them who also carried that secretly revealed message particularly for them, it wasn't obvious like things in the world are obvious, because the Father who had reveled Himself to them wanted them to have the courage to be strong enough to believe that He indeed had revealed it to them, even though it wasn't obvious, and especially because it wasn't being validated by the animals who are integral to the world to which they were bound. That is the opposite of what the various groups do, who claim to know the way to God, when they conspire with each other to give each other the agreement that they as animals are driven by instinct to get and have for themselves. Then they call their collective adherence to their own particular lie about their gods being better, or even existing, "having faith," which nullifies the idea of what faith is according to this chapter in the Hebrews letter.

All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Notice the progression of characters, starting with Abel and Enoch, then going to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses. The author was trying to steer his Hebrew audience in a particular direction, to reveal something secret to them by purposely omitting any of the names of the twelve tribes naturally descending directly from Jacob, because the hidden message was that one particular group of humans existing within the world ruled by natural human animals who are driven by instinct, isn't important to God. What was important was the secret group of particularly chosen sons who were specially handled by Him, which is represented not in the twelve tribes but in the secret tribe of Joseph whose name got lost to his natural sons, born to him by the daughter of an Egyptian priest. Then God reclaimed the secret tribe of Joseph through Moses and Aaron, by making the Levite tribe from which they descended a special group within that special group, chosen to be a secret metaphor which represented something that couldn't be comprehended, unless that comprehension was given in the form of the specific revelation about it. It also brought the number of the natural descendents of Abraham back down to twelve, as the Levites were treated differently than all the other tribes in their inheriting the earth, which is a part of this world. The way God treated the Levites was another metaphor representing something better, about a particular secret group who would be closer to Him than all the rest, who had a different kind of inheritance than all the rest—more like Abraham and less like the twelve natural sons of Abraham—because they were specially chosen to be different than all the rest.

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."

Hebrews 11 isn't the superhero chapter—it's the sons chapter. It is the testimony that the Father hides from the humans and reveals the truth of His existence to a few or to one of them. Then He wants them to choose that which has been revealed to them, or what seems to be, even though it's not being revealed to the humans around them who haven't been chosen to hear that particular revelation. It is a record of the sons to whom God revealed Himself, contrary to what seemed to be in the natural order—then of their having to choose one or the other. If they chose to live their lives out like the other humans around them, then they would be able to do that. But if they chose what those humans couldn't see because it wasn't being revealed to them, then they weren't choosing to live out their lives like the rest. That is the right of every animal to do as per its ability to do that with whatever resources it can exploit to that end, and they wouldn't be able to do that because the choice meant giving all that other stuff up to find the secret treasure of what was being revealed to them.

These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

Chapter 11 is about them choosing, despite the odds against and the consequences. It's about them appearing wrong to everyone around them, but being right because they are choosing against that agreement of consensus of the natural order and what seems to be possible and not. Faith is being sure and certain of what we hope for because of the secret revealing, but which we cannot see, what cannot be validated by the humans around us because that very thing we are having faith in and hoping for isn't happening to those humans around us. We can't get any agreement from them because we're being driven by another force that goes against the one they're being driven by, and they don't like it at all because what's driving them is opposed to what's driving us who have the revealing inside us. The Father sets it up that way on purpose, which is what this chapter is about, so we can have a record of the tiniest remnant or sliver (maybe only one man in many cases) being visited by God so that His truth is revealed to that one man, who then must choose that which is being revealed only to him, or else what seems to be according to the natural order of things around him, and the vast majority of humans whose reality is that natural order.

He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.

The object of faith isn't generic or public, but specific and secret. The reason it becomes a generic thing for the public in the form of a religious institution which follows the natural order to a tee is because that specific thing has not been revealed to them in a public and generic way. However, they do want to survive forever, so they manufacture their own revelations and are given over to whatever it is they want to collectively believe—whatever they've made up to give them an adequate agreement about their ability to survive. It is the same story throughout the history of the humans and the gods they make up to help them further their own agenda. This chapter is the flip side of that, about those who were chosen not to further their own agenda but to destroy it by choosing against what would do them good.

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.

We believe what the Teacher is telling us because we know it has been told to us in the secret place where only God can live, being pure spirit not bound by natural limitations. The seed of its reality has been planted in us; if it hasn't been planted, then there's nothing to hope for, nothing to believe or have faith in. If it's being validated by those around us, then there's nothing genuine about it because the revealing of the Father to His own sons isn't for public consumption so the humans will not be able to validate it. The sons of God do not make institutions by which they can manufacture their agreement and therefore get what the Father wants them to have from each other, which is the animal way so that they don't have to actually search for the hidden God. The easy and chicken way is to clomp onto one of the popular gods of the humans which will provide that easily digestible agreement that the animal craves, which we call the morphine dripper effect where everyone assumes they're going to some special place where they'll survive forever, indulging in their cravings to the hilt. This and the other versions of heaven or paradise are very acceptable to the large groups of humans who adhere to its shiny glitter, while the sons who are searching for their hidden Father will be considered gross and scornful because they don't validate the others.

When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, "He is out of his mind." And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebub! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons."

Getting the animal agreement from the humans will be impossible for the sons because it is designed to be that way, according to the purpose for which it was employed in the sons. We can be sure that it is genuine because it isn't being validated by the humans at large. The sons have always been considered crazy by the common animals because they see, hear and know something that the others don't, can't and won't be able to accept.

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.

It's a special and rare thing, just as it should be considering it's hidden treasure. It cannot be treasure if it's so easy to find, if it's so ho-hum that any common animal could figure out where it is. If it's easy there's no point to God being hidden, no reward for believing because there's no cost in believing. The fact that there is a definite, tangible cost is why faith is valuable, because we have to actually choose God, the hard way over the easy way—what seems to be the only possible way according to the rest of the common animals, whose only reality is that way.

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

Faith isn't generic, but specific to each one so there's something very tangible to lose if it isn't true. The particular things we have faith in must be specifically given/revealed to us first, before we can have faith in them e.g., believing that there was going to be a flood via an unknown natural phenomenon (impossible to predict), although quite inconveniently, you are the only one who heard the voice say it was going to happen. According to the way everyone else is living in the natural (the voice they are all hearing), it doesn't seem to be the case that this unlikely other crazy sounding scenario could be true. But you believe that you heard the voice telling you that this would happen, so you have to make a choice. Do you figure, by what you see with your eyes, that it must not be true because it seems impossible and nobody else will (or even can) corroborate what you think it's saying to you? Or do you start building what the voice tells you to build so that you can be a willing participant in what God wants to do on the earth? Noah, by doing what the voice told him to do, being faithful to what he heard, was giving up his life for the sake of the One who spoke. He earnestly sought to please that One, by doing the specific thing he was told to do.

Just as Noah believed that the voice told him something very specific to believe and do, and proved that he believed it by acting on what it told him, so it was with all of those listed in this chapter. They heeded the voice of their Father, what the wayward son of Deuteronomy didn't do, and earnestly sought to please Him who spoke despite the consequences. The consequences for God's sons is that they *will* lose what they would otherwise had been able to happily hold on to—their animal existences and all the things in it that they planned to enjoy for the rest of their years in their earthly body—as was the plan before the Father was revealed and the voice spoke to them in the secret places of their heart where the animals can't see.

I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.

This and other words of the Son were spoken, recorded and preserved so that the sons will know what the process is, because it follows the same course of action. What's the purpose of the son giving up his life? To make a living declaration—not just spewing forth a bunch of mouth babble—that the secret life of the Father is worth choosing, because it costs everything and he's willing to give everything up for the Father. That is the most valid and true declaration because it is a real choice, not just theory about how he would choose if he ever had to (while he continues to live like all the other animals around him). His life is his animal existence and the nature that rules him in it. To become a son of God, the human in question must first be consecrated and made holy (like the Levites and everything used in the Tabernacle, including the animals offered for sacrifice) for God's purpose. If the son remains an animal, he can't be any good to God, because the animals can only live for themselves (they can never truly be for the Father and His purpose). That's the nature that has been programmed into them, from which they can't otherwise get away (unless they've been chosen to become one who is set apart from that which is common).

The nature of the son, unlike the animal he was before, becomes that which is increasingly concerned about one thing—the Father and His family. The son's nature has to be effectively changed at its very core, so that the nature and consciousness of the animal that formerly led, raised and taught him its ways is replaced by the nature of the son, who knows because he is choosing the way of the Father instead of the way of the common animal. The most perfect example is Jesus, to whom the voice of the Father also spoke (like Noah and the others, who were imperfect examples because they were the copy of the better thing) very specific things about him and the work he was specifically chosen to do. He was the only one who knew, though, the truth of what the voice was saying in him. It was not validated by the humans around him except one guy crying out the truth of God in the place where nobody was (the desert). Jesus is the pinnacle of faith leading to being pleasing to God because he heard the voice and obeyed it, despite the consequences.

He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

The voice of the Father told him that he was Messiah, the One for whom the entire nation waited, and by all earthly expectations would be received by all Israel with the greatest and most glorious welcoming possible. This is what the temptation was about, Jesus thinking to himself that he could show the humans who he was and claim that earthly title—his right as the Son of God—and so receive the pomp and glory and greatness from the humans as he fulfilled Israel's assumed destiny as God's chosen people. The point of the temptation is that he actually had to prove his faith in God, that he believed the voice of the Father who told him something different about what Messiah would look like and do—the complete opposite of what the humans expected, wanted and were willing to accept from God.

He accepted his fate because he knew it was the will of God (because the voice of God told him). Denying the animal nature that wanted him to grab what would have satisfied a natural craving that was allowed to tempt him—proving to the humans that he was the greatest, most anticipated prophet in the history of Israel and receiving what came with it, all the earthly rewards—was the most profound statement of faith that anyone ever proclaimed about the secret, hidden Father. Jesus believed God, enough to deny himself the right to be what everyone expected him to be, what those closest to him pushed him to be, another reason it was so hard to do what he did, and why he's so valuable to God.

Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!"

For a good long while as Jesus grew up before God, he may have assumed this also about himself, and looked forward to it. The voice of the Father may have allowed him to believe that for a while before telling him what it was all about, before enlightening him to what Isaiah said about him, which would have been a difficult thing to accept until he was ready.We can postulate this to be true because of the way he dealt with the men he knew were chosen to be his true brothers, members of the true family of God, the ones God wanted to redeem from the ground so that He could enjoy them forever. He knew something they didn't know about his fate, that it wouldn't be or go according to how all the humans assumed, and he allowed them to not hear the "bad news" (according to the human mind) until just before it had to happen. Jesus knew that the Father had specifically told him something about his time to go to Jerusalem to die for the sins of the sons, that it would happen as soon as the gentiles started getting interested in him:

Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. "Sir," they said, "we would like to see Jesus." Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.

Jesus replied, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

"Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!"

Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and will glorify it again." The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.

Jesus said, "This voice was for your benefit, not mine. Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

We see the same sort of reaction in the disciples, although dim because what Jesus felt was impossibly excruciating, enough to easily kill any of us with madness and darkness in our mind and heart. We've had only the tiniest taste of that darkness in us, and we almost buckle every time because of the speck of what we experienced compared to the mountain that was heaped up onto Jesus' heart. The scope of our work isn't the same as his, but it will be to the same ends—for the Father's purpose, doing His will, for the sake of His family, our true brothers.

Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, "Where are you going?" Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief.

Before he told them the truth about what was going to happen to him, now he was telling them what would happen to them, and their reaction is recorded. It's not what they expected considering the momentum they had accumulated up to this point, and the bad news about the fate of Jesus coupled with their fate would have been too much to bear if not what was given to them soon after he went away. He tells them that it would all be okay because he was going to send them something completely intangible to their earthly sensibilities. Not something they could hold on to and keep, like Jesus himself staying with them in his natural human body to protect them, but something totally foreign to them, although they were able to see the consequences of it in the fact that it lived in Jesus—it was the life that enabled him to do any of the miracles and say any of the things he said which made them believe in him in the first place. That's what he's trying to get them to understand in this whole section around John 14, esp. in his interaction with Philip. Notice how Jesus is telling them over and over to believe that things were true even though they seemed impossible. It was hard to let go of Jesus, but he was trying to teach them about how to please the Father by believing what seems to be impossible, what the animal self will be screaming out to not believe because it doesn't seem real, because it can't be seen with animal eyes.

Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.

The point is that the voice of the Father spoke to the sons in the OT and told them specific things that were contrary to the way things looked to be in the natural sense. He spoke to them specifically and individually because the sons are specific individuals and the Father loves each one according to their own characteristics. In this way it is personal, never generic, and when we learn that the Father loves us enough to have specifically chosen us we can comprehend the relationship as it actually exists—personal, never generic. The reason it seems generic is because we're so spiritually dull and have been so thoroughly conditioned by whatever religious community has propagandized us with their particular lie about how God loves everyone the same, which portrays a very banal, generic love—why it's so unappealing.

You, O sons, will be gathered up one by one.

Isaiah is predominantly speaking to the new covenant and the bringer of it. It's a new covenant that he is predicting, as the voice of the Father spoke to him and told him what to say; however, it's not a new intention. Even from the very beginning God's intention was to have a family. Throughout all the generations of the humans He has been quietly, secretly, gathering up His sons, by speaking to them via His hidden, secret voice which is not naturally audible. That voice is pure spirit (not audible), and it speaks in a spiritual way so only certain of the humans can actually hear the voice, and they either respond or they don't.

Not responding means they considered their life and what they wanted to get from it more important than giving it up according to what the voice of their Father was saying to them, individually and specifically. Judas is the prime example of one who, even though he saw the miracles that Jesus did, and heard the words which proved his authenticity, was more interested in having his own hopes fulfilled than doing the Father's will—the most perfect illustration of being led by the animal nature.

All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance.

What they do all have in common is the hope of the Father having what He's always wanted, which coincides with what each of the son's ultimate desire eventually becomes—that they will be redeemed from the grave so that they can live with their Father and brothers for whom they have given everything up, in which lies all their hope. What they do in this existence is for the sake of the family instead of themselves, which is the highest mode of example as seen in the Son's life and purpose, whom all the others follow by imitation. It is the culmination and fulfillment of love, because love begins with God and permanent love—unlike the human version (the copy)—is God being able to love His family of sons. They will never have to go away from Him, nor Him from them. That is the ultimate form of safety and security and the hope of each of the sons, for their Father's sake not their own.

Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Being a son is about being chosen and knowing that you are chosen above your companions even though it goes against your deepest sensibilities and may not even seem right or fair to you or anyone else. It is about having to choose to listen to a voice inside us that is distinctly different, and runs completely contrary to our own voice and identity, desire and will, and the voices outside us which reaffirm that animal identity. It is about believing something we cannot see, what the humans will not verify, yet that we know is real nonetheless, because we can hear the voice of our Father speaking, revealing Himself to us as our true Father. It's about choosing the hard way over what everyone else is saying and doing and telling you is right, responsible or noble. It's being conformed to the shame of Jesus against our natural will and the pride of our own animal identity which always seeks honor and approval, never shame and scorn.

It's not just another conceptual lesson about what we would choose if we were in in Abraham's shoes. The word is alive and active, and it cuts through all the way down inside us and makes us choose in ways that matter to us—that betray our very sacred life that we would rather preserve and hold on to. It's not generic because each of us is tethered to the world differently, in different ways and modes. At first it's scary because it's something that battles against the fortress of our very selves, against all we know and want to be. We spent all our lives building up who we are, the identity, people and things around us that we protect and love. Now we have to choose to betray ourselves and believe something we can't see and doesn't seem right to our individual nature, yet we know it is asking us to choose.

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.

It gets easier when we choose, though, because that same voice of the Father, the spirit of truth who asked us to choose, continues to speak—corroborating that what we have done is still right. Otherwise, without the helper, the comforter, the counselor, the spirit of truth, we wouldn't be able to do it because from the time it starts all the way up until our natural body expires, we're all still hoping for our ultimate desire, to be with the Father and our brothers.

Taking on the shame of Jesus is declaring to God and everyone else that you have faith, that you believe enough to be what you'd never choose to be and have an earthly life that you'd never choose to live. It goes against everything within us that is there because of the self-preserving animal nature we were all born into. We say that it's important enough to us that we're willing to pay the cost, and not just theoretically. It cuts past our ability to control things and give God only what we want to give Him. Taking on the disgraceful identity against his will, even though he was doing the correct thing, is the life of Jesus, his crown of glory in the spiritual world.

Although we'll hate the thought of it, nevertheless it is a way that the Lord makes us depend on him instead of what seems to be—what we can see with our eyes and understand with our mind. It is a way that he uses to build real faith in him,  a method of disarming us and rooting out the subtle and deceptive lies of the snake that continue to dwell in us even after we are born of God. It's how we become purified and set apart from the unclean animal which used to rule us. It is how God builds a temple that He can dwell in, a family of His own sons who are clean from the pride and filth of the animal, purified and able to be dwelt among in peace.

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

By faith Moses...regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.

Prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given; do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance; be holy in all you do; live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.

By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country.


And the Reubenites and the Gadites gave the altar this name: A Witness Between Us that the LORD is God.



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