July 1st.

1 Samuel 13 / Isaiah 56-57 / Revelation 21-22

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The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.
Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.

But you—come here, you sons of a sorceress, you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes!

Whom have you so dreaded and feared that you have been false to me,
and have neither remembered me nor pondered this in your hearts?
Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear me?

The contrast of those who chose God and those who rejected Him. His sons were lying in the ground waiting for the Son to come, on whose choice their future depended. If the Son chose the right and rejected the wrong, these men from the OT era who longed to find rightness with God by being true in their heart would find it, and could be remembered by Him, to be separated from the natural world (the earth, the soil they were lying in) unto Him, to be able to joint the others who felt the same way in their heart about the Father and wanting to be with Him.

I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you.

The external practicing of the law was limited to just that. Those who found rightness with God knew that although they held an importance, they weren't as important as was a pure heart that longed to be right with God in the places where the humans couldn't see, because God transcended the natural and observable reality. That is what the miracles He did were about, to prove that He exists even though He hides so that those who don't want Him can be justified by that. He keeps Himself silent and hidden so that there is an actual chance for true faith and belief to exist for those who do want Him—there is a real choice that can be made for God. If He and His reality were just obvious then there wouldn't be a choice, but out of fear those who don't want Him would choose Him just to avoid the alternative.

When you cry out for help, let your collection of idols save you! The wind will carry all of them off, a mere breath will blow them away.

But the man who makes me his refuge will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain. And it will be said: "Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people."

By being hidden, those who don't want Him don't choose Him because that's the easy way; while those who do want Him have to swim against the current of everything natural to get to Him. They have to fight and claw their way to Him because that's what He wants, not a bunch of cowards who choose the obvious way just because that's where the consensus is, so it's easy. Any animal can figure out how to survive, to learn the system and then work it to his advantage—spending his life engaged in that process every other animal is engaged in. To spend one's life running after what seems to everyone else non-existent takes courage, because the life has been offered (the miracle has been witnessed), yet there is no record or proof of it anywhere in the the natural (except what can't be explained). So the one who is called by the Father to be given a choice must wander out into the dangerous territory where there is no consensus. He cannot warm himself with the comfort of the numbers of the other humans around him because they're not there.

For this is what the high and lofty One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: "I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite."

That is the message, pure and clear, about the Son. He is in his real form and identity not what the humans made him. That is the obvious thing, the naturally observable product of the humans so that the truth isn't known amongst them. The jesus god remains a myth around the world of those who cling to it so that the truth of the Father can remain hidden and secret, revealed to those who want to know, but not found anywhere except the secret place where He remains unkept and uncontrollable by them so that a true faith might exist. It is this way because the Father wants them, but He wants them to choose Him, which is their faith and belief that the Father and the brothers will honor because he wasn't a coward and didn't shrink back into what is convenient and easy, where he can find the consensus of agreement with the humans who don't want Him, who justify themselves by not being able to find Him so they can live their lives undisturbed while at the same time thinking they're so inherently good that they must be going to their made up heaven in the sky where all their gods live with the "good people."

Let no foreigner who has bound himself to the LORD say, "The LORD will surely exclude me from his people." And let not any eunuch complain, "I am only a dry tree."

For this is what the LORD says: "To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant—to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off."

And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD to serve him,
to love the name of the LORD, and to worship him,
all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant—

these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.

The eunuchs and foreigners seemed to the Israelites to be of lesser worth, cursed actually, because they couldn't participate in the things the animals hold so dear to and amongst themselves—to carry on their natural name and lineage as one of the pure chosen people of God (the good people). This isn't a message about actual eunuchs and foreigners, but the sons of God because they will be this way in the world of the humans.

The disciples said to him, "If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry."

Jesus replied, "Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it."

The Son chose to make himself a eunuch because that was one of many declarations to the family that the natural life counts for nothing; that what the humans love, run after and hang onto as though there were no other choice amounts to a handful of sand that quickly runs through the fingers once the life is gone, along with everything else they spent their lives running after with gusto. The Son set the example for his brothers, that the only thing that matters is finding the Father who is hidden and secret on purpose, so that they would have to fight and struggle and claw their way to Him, to get to Him and the treasure of their inheritance, which is Him living in them, making them His own sons, a truly specially chosen people who have been refined by the process of having to choose Him by swimming upstream against the current of everything else.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."

He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes (the one who fights against the tide and swims against the current because he must in order to get to the Father) will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars (those who don't want God, so just chose the easy way like every other animal); their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

Why shouldn't the Father reward those who chose the hard way, who followed the true example of the real Son of God who speaks to the sons who are in their human bodies, showing them the way to the Father, not via the way of the animals who can't hear him but the lonely way that no one wants to take because it's not known, familiar or appealing? To choose to go the hard way is what the Father loves to see from the son, because it's his declaration of true faith as opposed to the mouth babble of those who don't want to choose Him, but want to create their own way that's more appealing to what they want (their own life intact the way they want it all to themselves, all the while assuming they're going to their made up heaven because they're so inherently good and valuable to the God they couldn't have cared much less about).

Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.

To become a son, that one must be willing to give his life to the Father, following the example of the Son of God who gave his life as a ransom for his brothers. His life wasn't lived in a vacuum or so high on a pedestal that he cannot be reached (most likely because he is considered a god). He lives as close as the son's heart in order to be the most effective teacher, yet so totally hidden because he doesn't come in from the outside.

My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.

The life is a seed that is planted and then grows with the nurturing of doing the Father's will, which is listening and being obedient to the teacher's voice, which is the food that he talked about, that nourished that same life that lived inside him, of the Father his teacher who taught him the way to go—upstream, against the tide of everything naturally expected and encouraged by those who were counting on him to do their will by him choosing to do his own will (the serpent's) instead of the Father's.

The Sovereign LORD declares—he who gathers the exiles of Israel:
"I will gather still others to them besides those already gathered."

 

Come, all you beasts of the field, come and devour, all you beasts of the forest!

Israel's watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs,
they cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep.

They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, each seeks his own gain.

"Come," each one cries, "let me get wine! Let us drink our fill of beer!
And tomorrow will be like today, or even far better."

 

"What have you done?" asked Samuel.

Saul replied, "When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Micmash, I thought, 'Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the LORD's favor.' So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering."

"You acted foolishly," Samuel said. "You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD's command."

 

Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.

But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob' ? He is not the God of the dead but of the living."

 

God has called us to live in peace (with Him, the Son and the brothers who want to find Him more than they want to preserve their life, who want to live after the model of the Son of God).

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