1 Samuel 9 / Isaiah 53 / Revelation 15-16
Behold my servant. Just as there were many who were appalled at him, kings will shut their mouths because of him. What they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand.
Turning the natural reality and expectation on its head. Many were appalled at him because he was unacceptable as God made and sent him. He didn't stroke the egos of the leaders, nor make them captains in the movement, but instead said what was true about them and everyone else who is first in this life—that they are regarded by God as they themselves regard those who are last underneath them. To the Father these who are highly regarded are like those they scorn and leave behind while they heap up more for themselves. The beauty of the Father is that the one they claimed to be waiting for came as one of these who were afflicted and oppressed, so they didn't recognize him because they wanted someone like themselves, who were everything in their own eyes but nothing to God.
The last will be first, and the first will be last.
He didn't choose to preserve his life, but took what came because of what the Father told him about himself, what He had been telling the world of humans for thousands of years while He waited for the Son to be born to Him. He didn't want him to be anything like the humans, what they wanted or what they were willing to accept or even consider acceptable, so He made His own Son like one they wouldn't give a second thought to, one they would pass on the street and wag their heads in pity and disgust, because it's the Father's delight to confound the humans and their pomposity with secret things like the real Jesus who was despised, not respected.
Who has believed our message. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Israel rejected Jesus because they rejected God, because they were animals trying to self-save, self-justify and self-preserve their own way and traditions—wanting always to be first at the expense of God and their brothers—because they weren't sons of God, but mere animals driven to do that. That is the plight of all the self-proclaiming and self-promoting presumptuous religious leaders who promote themselves and others like themselves to preserve their status quo, and take on as much human gratification as they can get away with to feed their egos. It's the natural way of the animal and quite acceptable to them because they conspire together to hide their evil behind lofty things like how they're doing it all for their gods.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
It is also the tendency that exists in the sons because they come from the same human stock, and there are no variations or differences. If given the chance and opportunity to be just like them we would, and we'd find our own justifications for why we need to get this or that for ourselves, because that's how the nature acts and it always covers its tracks because it's also driven to hide. We naturally think we wouldn't because we naturally love our own selves, circumstances and plight. Our motivations are always pure to ourselves because of the evil we're under, without exception or variance. If there were exceptions then it wouldn't be perfectly efficient to keep away those who aren't invited.
Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
So the sons are fundamentally the same as everyone else. We all like sheep, meaning we all like animals, not sons, were meant to go and be astray, away from the Father because we're unable to come near Him—so that the Lord could gather up for the Father those who are chosen to be in His family. By his choice he did this, choosing to do what pleased the Father instead of himself (what Adam conspired to do). The animals are dishonest liars who cannot ever know God or come close to Him. That's why it takes a certain steady, powerful, secret process to make them sons who can come close to the Father, while the others cannot because they remain animals, always driven toward thinking they're inherently better than the others because they have no choice except to be bound to the natural creation and everything in it via the nature that drives them while they remain unaware of it, which is the mechanism that keeps them there.
This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand."
In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: "You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them."
The sons of God are told the truth about their Father; they are given the gift of knowing the secret truth about themselves that the others aren't given because it doesn't apply to them.
But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
They are privileged in knowing, but not like the privileged sons of the rich humans who don't have to do anything. The knowledge given to God's own sons is meant to make them as He is, to give them the mind of the Son of God who can see things like their Father, from His perspective. That is, the humans aren't inherently valuable as they think about themselves; that is the curse talking, which makes them believe they are more valuable than the others, just because it's them. They're caught in a vortex of self-appreciation and promotion from within. The closer one's DNA is to their own, the more valuable that one naturally is.
As wrong as this is about the humans—it means they can never be able to love of hold up God and His dilemma or make it their own because they're caught in the vortex of self-love—it is the copy of how the Father feels about His own sons. It's like the super double twister irony turned upside-down. He makes his own human sons orphans in the world so that He can be their Father and pull them in to Him and His purpose for Himself and them. He makes them last in the world so that He can be who makes them first in His world, where they won't ever have to go away from Him because that's where He wants them. The world throws them away but He purchases them from the world for His own sake, and lets the world have their own to be with it forever. The firstborn Son is the most perfect example of this process, which all the others follow in order to find their way to the Father.
He was oppressed and afflicted. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.
The land of the living is a misnomer, because the natural isn't alive—everything in it always dies and is replaced by something else. Fathers are replaced by their sons who carry on their name. What the humans are compelled to consider so dear and precious (what they call their life), is in actuality not precious or valuable at all, as it comes and goes like the grass on the hill. How many thousands of human lives die off every day? There's nothing rare or valuable about that, actually it's quite pedestrian.
The life that is life corresponds to "My people" and "His descendants" in the above verse, who are the sons of God whom He has chosen to be His sons. The Father isn't replaced by the Son, but is made One with him so that he becomes more complete. The Son does take over the Father's work, though, so that He will fully have what He has wanted from the beginning.
It was the Lord's will. Though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring. By his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many.
The will, desire and purpose of the Father instead of the will, desire and purpose of the self—the plight of the animal. As the animal eats other animals (and other dying things) as food to preserve their lives, the sons are strengthened in their new, invisible life that is truly life by wanting and loving the will, desire and purpose of their Father in their heart so that His dilemma and purpose becomes theirs, as it should for a good son who wants to please his father by doing his will.
Saul was an impressive young man without equal among the Israelites—a head taller than any of the others.
Samuel said to him, "The LORD has not chosen these." "There is still the youngest," Jesse answered, "but he is tending the sheep." Samuel said, "Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives." Then the LORD said, "Rise and anoint him; he is the one."
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
We can't say the truth enough; every time we learn it we forget it because we learned the lie so well—that what appears to be is. We were so programmed to believe and act a certain way for so long, according to the nature that was instilled in us when we fully took it into ourselves (when we passed over into maturity); we need to have the new way pounded into our consciousness over and over. When something happens from God we are aware of something about the new way for a moment, and we're filled with the response of delight. Then shortly thereafter we turn around and are filled with the world's consciousness—the revival of the animal nature in us, the reaffirmation of what we can see and hear with our natural eyes and ears—which reinforces and validates the old consciousness within us.
Learning the new way will have to be like learning the old way—slow, steady and sure. As we grew up we were constantly exposed to the things of the world—all the ways of man; how to talk, eat, act, and look like. What is valuable, what our goals and pursuits should be, who we should associate with, how we protect ourselves, etc, etc. etc. We learned them by constantly being exposed to them and absorbing them into our consciousness, and they became part of our identity as humans. We learned them from our parents and other humans, the various advertising, and other images we were exposed to about how we should strive to be—everything we could take into ourselves via what we could see, hear and comprehend.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.
"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
We now need to be exposed to the new teaching more and more, and to the old less and less. As we are, we will learn the new way in the same manner as we learned the old way; it will replace that old understanding slowly and surely. Here is the new consciousness: God's ways are not man's ways. What we want as humans is the opposite of what God offers, and what we want as sons is the opposite of what the world offers.
That is demonstrated in the Saul/David episode, and His choice as the man He would make prince of Israel. Why did God choose Saul? As a contrast to who He loved and would make king directly after Saul—the man who had his heart turned toward Him. God chose Saul so that He could show to us how the human consciousness in us will be deposed in favor of God's consciousness in us, as surely as Saul was deposed in favor of David. It's the copy thing again, for our good and favor, to learn how things are in the spiritual world via the stories preserved for us.
The humans wanted the big, strong, tall handsome one to be their king. They could see him with their eyes and feel secure in their minds that he would make them safe from the Philistine threat. But when the bigger, tougher Philistine came along he was afraid, and had no power within himself over Goliath. Was it David who killed Goliath? God did the miracle through him so that He could live through him and be the protector of Israel that He wanted to be.
We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.
God always wanted to be Israel's protector and mighty King—to serve and protect her as the good husband—but she constantly refused and rejected Him because she couldn't see Him. So He did it through David whom He loved. He made David great not because of anything he possessed inherently but because He loved him and chose him, just like He chose Joseph and made him great. David had a humble heart before God, and God raised him up to be the shepherd of His people. David's life was still only a copy, as he ultimately merely pointed to the Son who would possess that ultimate humility before God perfectly, and become the good Shepherd of God's real flock, His sons (David is one of those sons).
The new consciousness is being revealed to us over and over, and slowly we are beginning to take it in as it becomes part of our identity as members of this new race of sons, the head of which is Jesus the cornerstone and foundation upon which the family is built (not the made up jesus god which is just a myth). The sons are the living bricks that make up the living building which has the consciousness of God instead of man. It is a building that is alive because of that life of God lives in each of the bricks—the mechanism of the new covenant made possible by the Son and his choice for the Father, the good example set for his brothers. The buildings the humans make are dead, stagnant and temporary, like the temple which was destroyed as a symbol that the old covenant had been nullified.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
And who can speak of his descendants?
Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
Who can speak of his descendants...he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. The Lord's offspring are the spiritual sons of God who are saved by his desire to do the Father's will and give Him what He wants, which also becomes like food for us that feeds our new bodies. We are the sons that the Lord never had in the natural, to carry on his name in the land of the living like all the animals do in the land of the dead. He chose to obey God and be crushed for the Father, to save the sons and present them as an offering to God, for His sake, because the Son loves the Father more than himself. He is giving his Father the family of sons who love Him by the work he is doing and has already done, removing the animal nature from them so they can love His purpose and dilemma.
I have food to eat that you know nothing about. My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work.
We are responding to what he is doing in us by learning the new way, almost by a kind of spiritual osmosis as it seeps into our heart to transform us, allowing our consciousness to be changed from the old to the new. And we exercise our power of choosing what we will be exposed to day after day, which is like taking in food so we actually do have a hand in it. We absorb the new way and are changed from dead to living, darkness to light, son of the serpent to son of God. The animals despise God; the sons are changed from that into beings who love the right way, truly, in their hearts—not who just choose it begrudgingly against their will when they'd rather be doing something else.