Judges 12-13 / Isaiah 37 / 1 Peter 3-5
"When your words are fulfilled, what is to be the rule for the boy's life and work?" The angel of the LORD answered, "Your wife must do all that I have told her. She must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, nor drink any wine or other fermented drink nor eat anything unclean. She must do everything I have commanded her."
It's interesting that the only "rules" mentioned by God for Samson was not to do anything in particular, but to not do, to abstain. The idea is that copy thing again, to guard what we have already been entrusted with, the good deposit of the seed which is the life that grew in the Son, which is the mechanism of the new covenant, under which the first century sons of God lived who were known as the true "Christians." They were the followers of the real Jesus, the Son of God who ascended to the Father so that he could become for them what the Father had been in him—that same seed of life that sprouted and grew up in them so that they were able to become transformed from dead to living, unclean to clean so they could come near to the Father and know Him, and be members of the family which is the only significant thing the sons learn to become fully vested in.
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.
Because of the significance of the family of God, what should be considered sin, evil according to God, except that which prohibits the realization of its significance—the human condition of total darkness toward everything except taking care of itself, under which the race of humans is at the present time of their evolution. The comprehension of the true family of God amongst the race of humans, which perhaps was only even being pointed at by the power that existed in the first century, is gone and has been absent.
The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
All that exists now are the babylon mother and the neo-babylon princesses who look like their mother but just a little different in the details—enough that they claim to be separate from her in name, but not in resemblance because they exist on the same fundamental lies that the mother carved out for herself when she took the bride of the true Christ into captivity sometime before and after 400 a.d. Then she turned herself into the bride, even though she was merely an imposter—a whore calling herself the true bride (whom she had swallowed up and killed off so she could rule.
Rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
These were the real Christians, perhaps another copy that existed in the natural realm, like the Israelites as a similar copy before them, who as a group of humans got wiped out (taken into captivity), just as the Israelites lost their significance in God's plan as His exclusive people. The reason the truth of the first century was allowed to be wiped from the world of the humans is the same reason the Israelites as the people of God were allowed to. It was merely another copy pointing at the better thing, which isn't humans in their human state or bodies as the end all, which they always like to believe (because they always think they're so inherently valuable). Their natural makeup (flesh and blood) disallows even the chosen to ever go fully into their identity as true sons because there is always that obstacle that gets in the way (their Father is pure spirit and cannot be known.
Manoah, not realizing that it was the angel of the LORD, inquired of Him, "What is your name, so that we may honor you when your word comes true?"
He replied, "Why do you ask my name? It is beyond understanding. "
Our fate as humans may be to get closer and closer but never perfect, which means it's never perfect and never can be because the condition of actually being human is fundamentally flawed, meaning it can only ever be a copy of the better thing, which the humans as they have been chosen to be interacted with (Israelites, prophets, shepherds, fathers, hearers, adherers [Job], etc.) have always only ever been. What is important is that this is the time to choose, because the choice is the key component, and this is the time to choose. The nature of the son can never fully be realized in this inferior, temporary existence; however, the choice can be fully made, and the seal can be received, the mark that says "This one belongs to the Father." The choice isn't a one time, get it done type of deal, but an ongoing one. It is about enduring and continuing to endure.
To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
God allowed this whore of babylon to take the truth of the first century sons into captivity, then reign for so long for a good reason—because He doesn't want His truth to be known as a commonplace thing amongst the humans. He desires that His truth be hidden beneath the piles and piles of garbage of the lies and myths that the humans have made up, which have a resemblance to His truth but are just myths and rules made up by men. His truth isn't for public consumption. He doesn't want to be known by the humans. He hates the humans and their ways, because the nature that drives them is totally against His will and purpose within the world of the humans e.g., they're driven to take what's good and turn it into a stinking pile of dung so they can use it to serve themselves because they're a slave to the nature which compels them to do that.
"Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered. "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me."
He only wants to reveal Himself to whomever He wants to reveal Himself, because He wants those particular humans with Him, as His own sons—not every human that ever existed which is the erroneous premise upon which all the little princess whores were birthed and have existed, who exist even now to claim what isn't theirs, what they cannot have. They follow made up gods in the order of the Greeks and Romans who had their many gods, because that is the era their own mother was born into, and the lies she founded are their inheritance which they claim and love for themselves because they can control lies and myths. They cannot ever control the living God. He accomplishes this by keeping it hidden and secret, "known only to him who receives it."
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Those who are called to have the Father revealed to them suffer by denying the power of the animal nature to rule them, which means they don't share in its benefits to them, which is the requirement of not being led by it. That is the suffering which is significant, because it is truly denying what is programmed into us to truly love down in our core of the way we learned to exist and live within that core, the ways we took care of ourselves and loved ourselves the best way we knew and developed based on our own particular experiences. It is what most truly defines us as the animals we are because they happen at that core level, underneath even our own thinking (so we can't ever even recognize it).
To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
So we first must learn to recognize the power that rules us, which comes not from anything within us but the Teacher's enlightening. Then like Samson, we learn to deny that power the right to rule, lead and guide us—effectively making the statement in the truest way possible that it is not our god, our father, our master, nor the one we wish to follow any more—so that its power can slowly fade away from its former position in us as all that.
And Samson will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines.
Who finished the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines—was it David? He and Samson were both just more of the same, which being human they could ever be—inferior copies who pointed to the One who actually *would* deliver the better Israel (God's own sons) from the hands of the true Philistines, of what these were also only a copy—the enemy none of any of the humans can ever come out from under unless they are chosen to.
David killed the great giant, the big Philistine threat—more powerful than any of the Israelites—with one blow via a secret knowledge that he could, and the secret power which enabled him, given to him by God. Samson likewise killed a great many Philistines in one great and final act as he gave what was left of his life for the sake of God's people. These only pointed to the one great and final act of the One Lamb of God, who would kill the true enemy for them (the particular sons, Samson and David) and the rest of the family of God's true sons once for all.
Now then, tell my servant David, "This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth. And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies (the Philistines).
Each of the sons has his own identity; there is no amorphous blur of the convergence of souls into one big impersonal blob, but they are all the members of the family, therefore one body. And the firstborn Son, whom God kept remembering beforehand, reminding the other sons he was going to come, is the head of them all.
The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever."
The mature animal is what this Son didn't ever become, because he suffered by denying it perfectly so that it didn't ever rule him, as it rules all the humans. This is one of the most fundamentally important truths, upon which the new message for the present age must remain based, because it certified the Son as being true and pure, the only One able to save God's family from the curse put on them as recorded in Genesis 3 (when they took the form of fearful animals who can only hide from God and never love Him).
Not accidentally, being ruled by the animal's cravings was the thing that led both Samson and David away from God, causing a kind of betrayal of their loyalty to the Father (similar to Adam's), indicating their imperfection which is okay because they could only ever be the copy, being under the curse. Putting a woman ahead of God was worshipping her, a fatal weakness and the reason they fell away from God, how they were unfaithful to Him and His way over their own animal needs. That is just the declaration of what they were at their core—chosen sons of God yes, yet driven by the animal nature like all the humans except Jesus.
For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God's right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.
There's now no more sacrifice for sins needed or available for God's sons, because what was being pointed to all throughout the OT was accomplished and finished. The killing of the Philistine has been done so that the sons can dwell with their Father without the chaos of the animal nature wrecking it—yet still only ever a copy as long as the flesh and blood body is in the way. At the present time it's first a matter of acknowledging that we are indeed being chosen to become the Lord's bride who is fit to greet him when he comes, and then to grow up into that identity, which we will collectively become at the appointed time. Coming away from the enemy, becoming separated from it, denying it the power to rule us, is the way we become that faithful bride, worthy to be his, able to love and honor her husband properly.
Once more a remnant of the house of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above.
For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.
Being delivered to the land is being in the love of the Father for us specifically & individually. It's knowing it and feeling it, being made non-animal to the extent that we are actually able to love and respond back to the Father with the genuine love that is being put into us. Remaining in the land is dependent upon making sure we don't allow the enemy to gain momentum—our part in remaining pure for the Father's sake, fighting for His cause and sake. It's becoming one who is increasingly looking out for the brotherhood of His family instead of himself (the animal curse), the other sons whom we know have also been chosen to this end (to be in the family of God). It's simply becoming the opposite to one who is completely ruled by the dictates of the animal nature (a mere human).
So much of this happens by learning to hear the voice that is unhearable to the humans. It is the mechanism which reveals the Father's truth to the particular chosen son. It lives in him to do this, hidden from the humans because the Father wants it that way. They do not hear, so they will not validate it. Learning the new way instead of the old doesn't just automatically happen; it takes a great deal of time, hearing the same message from the voice of our Father over and over. We will learn the hard way, repeating the mistakes until we decide it's better to say no to what is tempting us to betray the Father, being led astray by the lust of the animal in any of its forms, than to indulge. The suffering will come like touching a hot stove. The learning comes from the scars of suffering and the understanding of wanting to have what the alternative offers us—finding and remaining in a safe place where we can hear the Teacher's voice without the chaos that choosing the wrong brings us.
Learning obedience by the things that we suffer is a formula first used in Jesus, so we can only hope to follow on the same straight path that he walked to the Father and His love for us, finally being redeemed to live forever with Him because of it. There's no shortcut or way around, because the servant is not above the Master. Although that's what the animal in us will always want, our rejoicing with our true brothers will come from examining and exulting in the ways we chose the Father in spite of the suffering of the consequence. The animal is a liar—whatever it does will go away.
Your beauty should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.
This is what the animal hates, because there is no instant gratification in it, no immediate results, nothing that resembles what it learned to revel in to take care of and love its self so effectively. The quietness of heart and the attitude of not promoting its own self and way, because one knows the truth inside them and one believes that God sees and is able to provide if He desires to, is the faith that the animal cannot ever have because the nature of the animal is never to embrace it but to run from it.
What is your name, so that we may honor you when your word comes true?
It's also beyond our capabilities to know the spiritual things about God, which is why He has provided us stories and parables that serve as copies for His sons. It's true that they're available for the entire world—pretty much anyone can pick up a Bible and read it. However, as Jesus told his disciples, the true knowledge of what the stories mean is a secret, hidden thing that only happens in specific individuals (those like the disciples who were chosen to become sons of God), and only if they are given the secret key to unlock their true meaning.
Jesus called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
His disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,
" 'though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.' "
That's the way it is for the humans except those who, like the disciples, have been chosen to know what they mean because they have the key to unlock the meaning living inside them. The stronger it grows, the more they understand the secret things of the Father who they will soon see, but now are hampered by their body of flesh and blood which is heavy and gets in the way of spiritual understanding. The stories and accounts of the OT scriptures were recognized by Jesus as sorts of parables too (more like copies), which the Father had written down and preserved for his sake. Then God gave him the secret ability to understand what they meant because He lived inside him to teach him all the things that were hidden. Then when he was strong enough he taught to his disciples, who weren't able to get their meaning until the Son lived in their bodies as the Father had lived in his heavy human body of flesh and blood. The parables that Jesus told to the disciples were more refined, but both required that secret key to knowing what they meant, the truths to which they pointed.
Those are the copies that point to the secrets of the kingdom of the spirit, or the kingdom of God's spiritual sons. In the present time we have both things by which to know what is the secret and hidden truth of God, that which He desires His true sons to know. They both require the same secret key to understanding them. The nation of Israel was God's possession, set apart form the rest of the world as His. He covenanted to be with them and bless them with natural abundance and prosperity as long as they wanted to be His and follow Him. If they served Him, He would be their God and they would be His people. If they didn't want Him, He would deliver them over to what they wanted—what they desired in their animal hearts that strayed far from Him. That is the copy of the choice that is so important.
These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
God gives men the desires of their heart. That is, what they want in the secret places, where only He sees. The Israelites said they wanted God with their mouths, but in their hearts they were far from Him, always drawn to the alluring gods of the Philistines. Then God would give them the desire of their hearts by making them servants of those nations whose gods they wanted to serve. They wanted to serve the other gods, so He made them oppressed servants—not necessarily the way they wanted, but the way God provided them what was in their hearts, which upheld His righteousness. In that God showed them over and over the great contrast between the blessings—what He wanted to give them, and the oppression—what those nations, the world, would give them.
They participated in that cycle with God which went: appreciating God's deliverance (as long as His representative was alive), being unfaithful servants—loving God's enemies (the gods of the nations around them) instead of Him, being subjected to them as exploited and harshly treated servants, calling out to God, then being provided a savior. In return for their service to the Canaanite gods He gave them servitude toward them instead of the God of Israel, but He came back to them when they called out to Him, to deliver them from their oppression.
This process is significant for us because it is the copy of how we as sons of God will go astray because of the power and influence of that animal nature that is still in us, which is still easily able to lead us away from the Father and what He wants for us. It's actually a good thing because it's how we learn the new way. We have to understand the power of that nature, that we're utterly helpless and there's no better way than willing to do what's right but not being able to.
It's also the important copy because it means that when we realize how we have been led astray and we cry out to the Lord, he comes to us and saves us from the misery that we are presently in (learning from the Teacher about how to choose the right and reject the wrong). The Lord continues to be faithful when we are not, and as we participate in this awareness that over and over he continues to come back and save us, a certain trust develops in us which wasn't there before. The end is love, knowing and being reassured over and over again that he continues to come back and save us develops this love of God in us.
He kept providing them with temporary saviors who had something special from God, who had his heart turned toward Him. That's the story of the cycle of God's people in the Judges readings, especially the rise of Samson. Samson was special, a portrait of Jesus, with his heart turned toward God. His life wasn't about finally delivering the Jews from their enemies, or permanently turning the hearts of the children to their Father. He was yet another blast from the shofar, proclaiming the coming of the great One—the Son of David.
Once more a remnant of the house of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above.
For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant,
and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.
400 years later Isaiah picks up the savior thread, yet speaks more pointedly about the nature of the coming Messiah and the sons of God who will be saved by him. Isaiah's Messiah isn't another temporary warrior deliverer of the judges era, but the great deliverer who would permanently rescue God's secret family of sons from their real enemy, hidden within them and the rest of the humans. Isaiah also starts to define this coming salvation in terms of applying to a remnant—a very tiny sliver of the nation. After a long wait He sent him, hidden from the nation; revealed, just as Isaiah said, to the smallest group. The Simeon passage demonstrates the transition from nation to remnant.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the holy spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the holy spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ. Moved by the spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
When God finally did send His Messiah, He stopped participating with the nation of Israel as He did for the centuries before Jesus came, and 40 years later Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed, a symbol that Israel as God's people was over, that the covenant which bound God to them had been replaced by a new and better covenant. Then the responsible Son took over the work that his Father had been doing before him. The Son provided salvation for the sliver of men before him who did have their hearts turned toward God, those who were looking for the Messiah, the salvation of God for the better Israel. Those who waited for the blessing and hope of Israel, in faith, were redeemed retroactively by the Lamb, for God is just and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
"Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened." But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.
The LORD spoke to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people. He said:
"Do not call conspiracy
everything that these people call conspiracy;
The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread, and he will be a sanctuary; but for both houses of Israel he will be a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare. Many of them will stumble; they will fall and be broken, they will be snared and captured."
Bind up the testimony and seal up the law among my disciples.
I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob. I will put my trust in him.
Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.