1 Samuel 16 / Isaiah 60 / Matthew 5
And the Lord said to Samuel, "Look not to his appearance and to his lofty stature, for I have cast him aside. For not as man sees does God see. For man sees with the eyes and the Lord sees with the heart."
And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him, for this is the one."
And the spirit of the LORD gripped David from that day onward.
God hides His treasure in the most unlikely place. The greatest treasure is His choice, His desire to have a son and pull him out of the pool of humanity to make that one a son of God, for His purpose and not the humans'. God had made a choice, to the surprise of the humans, and made the choice known to them.
And Samuel rose and went to Ramah.
But then Samuel went home. No coronation ceremony, but only the intention of God made known. David didn't become king in the peoples' eyes right then and there; but it was so according to God, who made the choice which would stand. The external circumstances didn't matter, because the intention of God was made known, which is more important than any actual deposing of Saul and installation of David.
I am the LORD; in its time I will do this swiftly.
When David was anointed, that was it, the deal was done because God had decided and His word went out as the declaration of His decision. By His word (intention) all things become so. His word is His will, what He desires to be. Not what is in the natural world ruled by the humans, but in the permanent world where He lives forever.
The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind:
"You are a priest forever."
When we have been told by the living word that we have been made a son of God, then it is done. We don't have to wonder if it will come to pass, although we will because the unbelieving animal nature that is in us still sees things more with eyes that see lies easier than they see truth. We learned to see with eyes that could only see the natural dimension, what seems to be because it's observable. God sees with the heart, and as we become more son than animal we will be able to see with our heart too, and believe it is so, because God has decided to do it, so it will be done.
Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
The Law he was giving upheld the family of sons who in the world of humans are all the things he mentioned that brought blessing because they're the opposite to what the humans spend their lives trying to prevent in and for themselves and their DNA carriers. The poor, mournful and meek are characteristics that are despised and appalling to the human nature; so they spend their life running after money, happiness, strength, respect and honor for themselves so they don't become those things. They don't have the time, inclination, energy or room in their lives to hunger and thirst for righteousness because they are busy trying to get for themselves, being driven by their animal nature to survive longer and better, which means never being satisfied with what they have because the fear of not having enough will always come in to them, even when they've just accomplished some material goal, or the fear of not being good enough will make them crave getting respect, admiration and acceptance for being something special.
Pure in heart isn't in them to be or even want to become, because they're driven to hide as per Genesis 3 which details the most fundamental way that the curse works (they were afraid so they hid themselves). The animals have another life hidden within them that they can keep secret from the other humans. It's in them to keep that life hidden and they invent all kind of ways to do it. From clever to mercenary they start to go about it as soon as they begin to realize how they must develop and incorporate those defense mechanisms because their world, no matter how tame, is actually hostile and harsh just outside the nest, so they have to learn to protect themselves from the predators who are all around them or die. This is the natural process of passing over from vulnerable child to fully mature, dead human. Being merciful peacemakers is pretty much the last thing the humans learn to be, because they are about learning how to protect themselves, and those things are about being vulnerable and sacrificing for the other. In the world of the humans one can't protect themselves by being vulnerable; one must build up an armor of defenses, the thicker the better, to be able to ward off the others who are trying to get what you want—your house, food, job, wife, money, kids, possessions; and your good, respectable, honorable name.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The humans don't strive to learn to become persecuted by the other humans. They learn to develop ways to avoid that either by becoming stronger, richer, more respectable or more cunning—manipulating their way to being loved by the humans. Attaining a level of persecution is what they spend their lives trying to avoid, not embrace. The sons of God, like the prophets, aren't persecuted because they're "good people" but because they have something in them that the humans don't have, and hate because it's naturally against what's inside them (the nature of animal instinct that drives them to be and do what they naturally are—not sons of God but mere animals).
The sons, like the prophets, learn that the only thing that is valuable to spend one's life engaged in running after to secure is to find the hidden life of the Father, the explanation of the secret things which always comes back to the reason this creation exists—His desire and intention to have His family of sons around Him and with Him. That is the only thing that matters because it's the only thing that lasts; everything else falls, withers, fades or abruptly ends like everything else in this creation defined by temporality that only mimics eternity.
Overlapping cycles of death resemble a never ending state, but broken down are just one huge set of singular existences which *all* terminate, without any exceptions. Even stars die, so from the tiniest organism that lasts only a few seconds until it is terminated, to the sun which seems like it will burn forever, everything follows the same law and rule. The life that is planted inside the sons of God all come from the same place—the one source which is truly eternal and never ending. This is the impetus for the call for a separation of the sons from the natural creation, the severing of their ties to it so they are not one with it any longer but one with the Father and their true brothers by and because of the life planted inside them. If the life is not there, then that one is one with the natural creation—just another terminating existence lying somewhere in between that microorganism and the sun.
Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
"Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments" isn't talking about the law as it had evolved and as it existed amongst the humans in Israel at the time of the Son and deliverer of God's true people (what the Jews pointed at). "These commandments" refers to what he had just said, everything that was being accomplished by him—the new covenant to which Jesus was comparing the Law of God, which had been perverted by the humans and their self-preserving, corrupting animal nature. But when Jesus talked about the Law, he was referring to the Law as it had been given, and its purpose—to create and maintain a group of holy sons of God, separated from the world so that they were fundamentally different from all of the rest of the humans who weren't chosen to be His people and didn't know the One true God.
That which God created (the family of sons of Abraham) was still imperfect, though, because the perfect had not yet come. Even though Israel had been chosen as God's people, nevertheless they were still plagued by the animal nature that led them, according to the cravings that welled up inside them because of its effectiveness. The commandments that Jesus brought weren't just temporary human things that only touched the external, yet couldn't sanctify the heart of a man—what the man is in his deepest parts, as God sees him as opposed to how other men see him (as God saw David, versus how Samuel saw Eliab).
The Son's commandments cut against what keeps the humans separated from God, their animal nature, and the things he is teaching in Matthew 5 refer to "everything that was being accomplished," the real purpose of the new law that he brought, which he was implementing—what he was accomplishing by the choice he made to not take up his life but to lay it down fro his true brothers. The good news is that this nature implemented by God to rule men unawares and kept them separated from Him—that which made those who controlled the interpretation of the Law (the self-appointed leaders of God's people who could only care about themselves) pervert it for their own gain—was the real enemy of the sons of God, but its domination of them was being specially and particularly lifted for those few who were chosen to be anointed (baptized by the spirit) to become sons of God.
Jesus doesn't say, "The Law says," but he says, "You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth,' " because he's not contradicting the Law that God had given, or its purpose. He is, though, contradicting what the Priests and Rabbis had made the law into, the same thing that the controlling christians (leaders) have made the truth as the disciples knew it into—that if you are something, believe something, and do something, (become one of the "good people," as defined by them) then you can be right according to God. But you have to keep coming to them to remain good, which is built in to their system. You don't have to do the law because He loves everyone the same and has no preference who lives with Him forever. You just have to be one of the "good people" who are going to heaven, so you wont' go to "hell." Those are the lies made up by men, controlled and maintained by those who claim to be the leaders of God's people, yet who don't know God or the way to Him, and especially how to be right according to His idea of rightness. That's because shortly after the Son went to the Father, they made up lots of gods, who they claim will save them because they assume the words are meant for them.
Look not to his appearance and to his lofty stature, for I have cast him aside. For not as man sees does God see. For man sees with the eyes and the Lord sees with the heart.
According to the Samuel account, God sees with eyes that the humans don't have. Jesus and John did have the eyes that God had, because those eyes and their heart had been planted in them to grow and take over, making them sons who saw with their Father's eyes. Along with that heart came the love for the Father, and the desire to do what made Him happy (do His will, be concerned about His intention to gather up His family from the stock of humans). The life of God lived in their heart to teach them the right way, and it grew in them so that they knew the right way and were courageous enough to choose it. They knew the difference between it and the wrong way (what lives in the humans); so they were able to distinguish between the two (what the humans cannot do because they don't have the eyes to see, ears to hear or mind to be able to comprehend what the Father wants His sons to be able to). They could choose the right and reject the wrong. They were true sons of God, accomplished according to His desire and purpose. They loved God because He first loved Him.
He will eat curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right.
The humans, on the other hand, are mere animals who can never come close to God because of their condition. They can never love, because the animal condition allows one to only be able to love and care for itself, so there is no ability within any of them to love as God loves. They can only temporarily do it in spurts, and even then it is always, only for their own flesh and blood (those who share their DNA).
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
The new Law of God was not for the Jews, but for the sons whom God had chosen to be His, whom He had decided He wanted in His family, those whom He anointed, like David, to become the object of His love. That love's intention is to remember to redeem them from the earth so that they can live with Him and the rest of His sons, forever in His house. This new Law of God, the new covenant predicted by Isaiah and Jeremiah, is based on what can't be found in the animals who are in slavery to self-servitude and love. That is, love for the Father and the desire planted in them to help Him accomplish and have what He wants—what His will dictates—to have a family of sons who love Him and want to live with Him forever.
"Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" Pointing to his disciples (not his human family members), he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers (the ones he was willing to lay down his life for—NOT the entire world of humans as the christians claim, which makes God ridiculous and insincere—but those who were particularly chosen by the Father to be his brothers). For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother (true family which transcends and nullifies the natural family for the true sons)."
The animals spend their entire lives looking for treasure that will finally satisfy them, and they have to keep looking because it never does. Everything in the natural is temporary, especially the condition of being satisfied. The sons of God have a new desire put in them (as per Jesus and John), according to the new Law and its commands, via the new covenant—to find the treasure of the love of God which is the only thing that does satisfy. And it is not temporary, but is what God's entire plan and purpose is with this temporary creation—to gather up a family of sons who are hidden in the world but will be revealed swiftly, as soon as the time comes.
The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
The sons of God being revealed is the point and purpose for this creation of bondage, decay and death, which was subjected to the frustration of having the curse put on it, purposed by God and done by His word for His own will and desire. It is the situation and circumstance of decay (cycles of death), fear, meaninglessness, aloneness, self-preservation, etc., and the ultimate end for all its creatures, to rot in the ground and perfectly become one with it until there is no sign of an individual life left—everything but love. The new creation based on love—God's love for His family and having them with Him—means they will have to be redeemed from the present, dying creation, and their bondage to its predicament of decay and temporality so they are not one with it any longer, but with Him and the Son, and their brothers. That's the ultimate expression of love, that God intends to remember to redeem us (save us from forever remaining one with this creation), and has given us that promise and guarantee within our hearts so we can know it.
Then will all your people be righteous and they will possess the land forever. They are the shoot I have planted, the work of my hands, for the display of my splendor.
The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation.