Judges 21 / Isaiah 43 / 2-3 John
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
God forms and makes His own sons to be in His likeness, not the likeness of the humans. However, His likeness is undetectable to the humans, so goes the process that is happening in the sons. His sons look like Him and have His name, because they have been fundamentally transformed on a level that is so deep it cannot be detected by the humans, nor the humans part of the sons (why that aspect of them must be purged out of them thoroughly). They become aware as they are changed so that they can notice what is unnoticeable to the humans.
Before me no god was formed,
nor will there be one after me.
I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—I, and not some foreign god among you.
There is and always has been only One God. Examining the christian gods we will find that the devil god is actually just a creation of God to keep the humans away from Him and give the sons a true choice. It fully lives in and rules all of the humans without being detected. It's what makes them what they are—defined as unclean animals before God—and by that definition unable to come near Him.
The sons are born into that race of unclean animals so they are all fully human, fully unable to be called sons of God unless that very fundamental nature is rooted out of them, that which lives in the humans without prejudice. There is no way for a human to come away from it because *it is* them—their very thoughts and fiber of being. It is not the "sinful nature" that the "bad people" have, which can be divorced from by willing it away, or by being one of the "good people" (there are no good people except the Son who was kept good by being insulated from that nature via the life of the Father living in him).
The spirit god is actually the way the Father interacted with His sons in the OT era (not living in them because they were unclean but coming to them, being on them) who lived before Israel or were scattered amongst the 12 tribes before the Son came into the world. The spirit then lived in the body of the Son to keep the devil (mechanism created by God) away from him (untouched, clean). The spirit of only the Father could only ever inhabit a body that was pure as the Son's was, so He couldn't live in any of the humans except the Son who was pure.
When the Son chose the Father instead of the animals, then went to the Father to become One with Him, the spirit changed because it contained a new component. The life of the Son was now with the Father, so that he acted like a kind of buffer between the Father and the unclean animal which inhabits the humans without prejudice. After that the spirit could actually live in the bodies (hearts) of unclean animals, provided that His intention was there, His word which declared that one was chosen to become a son in the Father's house after the order of the firstborn Son (the real Jesus). This is how the prophesy of Jeremiah 31 could actually be fulfilled.
The jesus god is actually the only Son of God, whose coming into the world to save the family of God was the Father's intention from the beginning. That intention was with God from the beginning, not the existence of a jesus god with the father god (and a holy spirit god and a fallen angel god with his army of demons). A reason this is important is because the Father was alone with His messengers, but without a true family of sons who had chosen Him, who wanted to be with Him more than anything else (more than getting something from Him like going to heaven).The scenario of a bunch of gods living together like humans comes from the made up stories, like the Greek and Roman gods, the same era in which the christian gods were born.
There is only one God, whose intention for this creation, why He made it, was that He might gain a family of His own sons out of it, who were not forced to choose Him and love Him, but did because they wanted to, which is what the Father loves and wants, expects and demands from those who would be called the sons of God. There is only one Son of God, who saved the family of God for His sake, by that thing the Father so highly values—choosing Him over everything he could have had or been as a human, if he had chosen that. The Son's choice for the Father is what saves the other chosen sons. The spirit is the mediator between God and man, the way He interacts with the chosen humans i.e., not randomly or with anyone and everyone (another christian error).
The Devil is the mechanism created by God to keep the humans away from Him and to give the sons a real scenario of choice, because what it offers is highly alluring and tempting. The sons of God are specially chosen by the Father, and choose to deny the right to take what the Devil's offering them—in the mode and example of the firstborn Son—but instead lay down their own life, set it and everything they could have and be as an animal aside to choose the Father because they love Him and His purpose to have a family. They want to be fully a part of that purpose, a member of the true family of God more than they want to exercise their right as an animal to live its life the way it wants—for itself and its own purpose like all the rest of the animals.
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.
There is a parallel with Israel as the copy, versus the better Israel, the true sons of God, recognized by Him as such because He chose them and they chose Him back. A way in the desert is John the Baptist, making the paths straight for the Son who would save God's family. Streams in the wasteland is the life of the Father living in the Son, the living water that flowed out from him to heal the sick and set the prisoners free from the prison of the animal (the devil). The Son was the new covenant, and would become the way God would be dealing with His sons in the future—by becoming that buffer component and the example for them, the firstborn of many brothers. Living water in the desert is not water for Israel, but the life of God living in His true, chosen people—the firstborn Son first then the others in the same way. The living water in His Son, then in the sons, is a fulfillment of what Israel was only a copy, spoken when Israel indeed existed as that copy of the better thing which had not yet come.
The poetry of Isaiah speaks fully to what God plans to do for His sons, not for Israel populated by human animals. The cities and civilizations of the humans are where the humans congregate, where their systems and ways flourish and reinforce the animal nature in each other, keeping them away from God (efficiently serving its intended purpose). The sons of God exist in the deserts and wastelands of the earth away from the populations of the humans, meaning there are very few of them because they reject the humans and their ways to effectively choose the Father and His ways and purpose in the world. They retreat to the places where the humans aren't because they need to learn another way apart from the animal nature that ruled them for so long before the Father was revealed to them. They become separated from the humans and all of their pollution and uncleanness, not bond with them more, so they can learn the new way that is opposed to the old way. The humans gather around each other like moths around a flame, but the sons run away to where their Father is, into the places where the humans don't want to be.
Yet you have not called upon me, O Jacob, you have not wearied yourselves for me, O Israel. But you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your offenses.
These verses speak to actual Israel and her unfaithfulness to God. Isaiah finishes the chapter by summing up why were they continually unfaithful to their Husband. Reviewing the past, God points out where it came from, and delineates who He's actually talking to—not His actual chosen people but humans who were bound to the earth and the natural creation via the animal nature. That means they could never love God or be faithful to Him because of that condition.
Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence.
Your first father sinned; your spokesmen rebelled against me.
So I will disgrace the dignitaries of your temple, and I will consign Jacob to destruction and Israel to scorn.
"Your first father," who, "sinned," is not Abraham, but Adam. The sin was the conspiracy he entered into with his helper and the mechanism created by God to serve as a choice—a way for Adam to prove his faithfulness to God. But he chose to trust and believe that which was created, which didn't even exist before it was created. So what's the end for Israel? Not future glory, but "Consigning Jacob to destruction and Israel to scorn." The promises for Israel that Bible scholars think are going to happen in the future aren't for the animals who call themselves the Jews, but for the sons of God who are the actual Israel, whom the prophets were speaking about when they spoke of Israel. They are what God always wanted from Israel, but never got because they couldn't ever be, because they were by and large unclean animals. The reason He can expect to get that from His true sons is because they are fundamentally, down to their very nature, different than Israel, as much as they are different than all the other humans—as much as Jesus was different than what Adam became after he sinned. The accounts of the OT point to the this spiritual reality:
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
Those who aren't called to become sons do not have eyes to see or ears to hear or minds that can understand what's real in the spiritual world where God lives, the permanent world where everything in it doesn't end in death. Like natural Israel they think everything is about the natural (esp. the way to get to God), so they think the blessings promised for her are future blessings for some group of humans just like them. They think that what happened in the first century was some anomaly because they can't perceive the spiritual world, so they don't understand that it was the new thing promised by God, while the old way was fulfilled by the better thing.
They say the words, but they don't know what the words mean because the Teacher (the Son in his present form, being able to live in their heart) doesn't live in them to teach them what the words mean, so they have to make up explanations that don't make any sense because they're so far removed from the humans and what they are deep inside themselves (driven by fear and instinct). Then they say well you just need to have faith that it's true, but that's not what faith is at all. Faith is only for the sons because it's believing the unbelievable, hearing the unhearable voice of the Father instead of the voice of the ruler of this world (the fear and instincts that rule the humans)—what is validated by their natural faculties and the other animals around them. Faith is hearing the voice which always says, "Come out from among them and be separate," and doing what it says. The sons, as per the Israelite copy, have to be pulled out of the world of humans—where they once lived when they had eyes but they couldn't see God, and ears but they couldn't hear His voice—to be delivered to the knowledge of their Father.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, 'Give them up!'
and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.'
Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf.
This is God pulling His sons out of the world. Geographically speaking, all the nations of the earth would give them up. They would all be citizens of the world of humans with the animal nature before He pulled them out. As far as their nature, they would be animals, just like all of the humans, "Who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf." But it's God's intention to give them eyes to see Him, and gather up His true children from amongst the humans who cannot love or know Him because of their condition.
National Israel was only a copy of the thing to come; what they were at their core was because of the condition put on their first father Adam. The spiritual family of sons and daughters who have God's name written on their hearts, whom He calls from out of the world, is the fulfillment of Israel as the copy. They would be the family which would truly love the Lord their God with all their heart and all their mind and all their strength, something the mere humans can never do.
Natural Israel never called upon God as a Father, never gave themselves to Him as a responsible son; never loved Him as a faithful wife. They did not fulfill their end of the covenant toward Him, nor honored Him as King, Father or God, because they couldn't. Animals cannot love, be faithful, or keep a covenant. So he said ahead of time, from the mouths of His prophets, that He would do this new thing; then natural, national Israel would be done, and all righteousness would be fulfilled. John blew the shofar, and Jesus came out from her, and that was her end; she died in childbirth as she gave God the Son He desired. 70 years later she was obliterated as the sign that she was through. The old covenant was fulfilled by the true Son, and the new one was set into place.
This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time," declares the LORD. I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
God would no longer have to be wearied by Israel's sin because the faithful Son was responsive to God and responsible for His treasure and intention to have a family of sons whose hearts are turned away from themselves and toward their Father instead, who not only allow their Father to write His spiritual covenant on their heart and keep it in their mind, but are willing to adhere to its terms (not being an animal any longer by allowing themselves to be ruled by that nature). That is what God counts as riches and treasure because that's what He can't make. He can call you and show you the way but He can't make you walk toward Him and choose Him over your own way. That's why the choice of a son for the Father is so important to Him, why He intends to reward them not with things which are worthless (inheriting the land, going to heaven), but with Himself as their Father.
"Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward. "
But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people.
The mind of Jesus through the mouth of David. The life of Jesus is one big clue for us that the spiritual world means everything and the natural means nothing. The jewel of God, the 500 pound ruby, the most valuable thing in the universe to God was a worm in man's world. God's message in Jesus to those who have eyes to see is "Look, the natural means nothing—it is temporary and passing away. I am proving it by putting my most valuable treasure in the life and body of the least of men." According to the humans, Jesus was as the least of men; but to God, the greatest.
Sons learn not to spend our lives concentrating on, preserving & celebrating the natural as the end-all, or participate in the long drawn-out orgy of accumulation the humans call their right of existence, because the sons know it means nothing (when they finally know). The humans might say they want to follow the Lord, and declare that they are sons of God, but talk is cheap. The religious people who are mere animals but don't know it, so they cannot get to God, have to make stuff up about Him because they just don't know about His reality. How we live our lives is how we declare what we believe, not our mouth babble. Sons know that God is not in this world, nor can He be seen. He is not in the humans' systems, nor can He be found via their religious institutions. He lives in His sons' hearts so they know He exists on a level that cannot be verified by the humans. It is their true guarantee of redemption, not as a natural phenomenon but spiritual (secret and hidden from natural creatures), so the humans cannot see it happening. They can't verify it or validate it one way or the other.
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing.
The first century believers had been given the ability to see that the natural meant nothing and the spiritual meant everything. They, by believing, showed that they believed by their actions. They "Stood their ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. Sometimes they were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times they stood side by side with those who were so treated. They sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of their property, because they knew that they themselves had better and lasting possessions." They knew that the natural counted for nothing; while the unseen things (their Father is unseen), for everything. The Father and His purpose is everything to them, and their own becomes nothing, worthless except to deny it so that we declare that we are sons of God.
In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. He says,
"I will declare your name to my brothers;
We don't go out on our own and choose how we will suffer for God. He will do that for us, but He will make it bearable because of what He gives us even now, to compensate for what may be happening concerning us and our participation in the world, as humans. He engineers our circumstances, not so we're always falling down, but so that we grow up into Him and become like Jesus (not defined as human, but Son). He is our good Father, and wants us to grow up and be strong in His way, and weak in the human way. We have an obligation to open the eyes He gives us so that we see things as they are; not as the world sees them—not how we used to see them. The world can only see what they see with their natural eyes; the sons are given new eyes to see what the humans can't see.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see (with natural eyes). To him be honor and might forever. Amen.