1 Samuel 17 / Isaiah 61 / Matthew 6
Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men.And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men.
When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting.
Why are the humans compelled to be noticed by others for things that are considered good by the culture at large? There is a craving inside the humans that is very strong to be noticed and accepted for the good we do, or are. It is an instinctual thing to do it, and get that for our selves. Because everyone wants it, and does it, there is a conspiracy amongst the humans about it, so they let it slide because they know they do it too. They raise a fuss about it when it gets out of hand in one or a group of them, because it threatens the conspiratorial balance they have with one another—the kind of silent, subtle law that exists among them without being defined or pointed out as such. It's a phenomenon nevertheless, and exists whether they will admit that or not.
Underneath all of it is a craving to be loved and accepted, to be beheld as good enough to get that from the others, so they keep trying to get it by working, trying, getting, then having for themselves whatever their means can accommodate them with. But it never satisfies, and it doesn't get them the perfect love and acceptance they crave deep inside them, but since they can't get to that place inside them they can only seek after superficial things that don't last. They aren't aware of what can satisfy on that level because it purposely eludes them. So they just keep working for the bigger and better house, the prettier girlfriend, the more perfect magazine body, the more lucrative job and portfolio (because they're too old to maintain that perfect body), the respectable position in society (because they couldn't make enough money), etc., etc., etc. These aspirations exist in 99.99% of the humans at the unextreme levels as the subtle outgrowing of their nature limited by whatever means is at their disposal, so it's just another part of the conspiracy they maintain with each other.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The treasure that gets stored up in heaven isn't for the particular person doing the storing up, in this case the sons of God being taught by the Son of God how to be good sons for the Father. The treasure that will be stored up belongs to the Father, in the form of the only thing that's important to Him—His own sons, safe and secure with Him. It's so devastating that Judas turned away because the Son couldn't keep him, but he knew that it was foretold so he accepted it. Those men who did choose the Father over their own way, their own lives, their own right to live and die for their own sake and benefit like all the animals are able to, were treasure to the Father. They learned to and did choose Him following the Son's good example, so the Father could remember them and raise them up because the Son was obedient, making the hard choice for the Father to set the example for the others, the Father's treasure.
The humans run after all these things (food, clothing, money, egotistical gratifications, DNA carriers, respect, honor, acceptance, etc.) but your heavenly Father knows what you need.
So seek first his kingdom that is within you (not a human one, outside of you) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
The trouble in each day is remembering who we are. It is not an easy struggle, or one that is fought and then the rest of our time we rest. Every day is just a little more growth, like an oak tree grows just a little bit each day, but steadily. We just stay safe, choosing to keep learning the right way by seeing and choosing what may seem insignificant, but is actually food for the life that is growing inside, if the seed has been planted. Each of the little things adds up to something significant to the Father, because it means we are steadily and surely learning to be a good son who can choose, one who can be trusted, with whom He can be pleased.
And all this assembly shall know that not by sword and by spear does the LORD deliver, for the LORD's is the battle and He shall give you into our hand!
The truly significant battle has been fought by a human like us, however not like us because the Son was born of the Father from conception (not like us who have to be born after we're already fully animal). There is only one Lamb of God who was untouched by the animal nature (although human, he didn't go through the human process of puberty to become a human man, which is defined as fully dead to God). There is a huge canyon between his being not like us in the sense (like his true Father instead), and him being a god who existed beforehand with the other gods. His identity was defined by his birth from above as the Son of God instead of an animal like every other human who has ever been born (defined by the nature they are born with).
We are beginning to understand the dominating power of the animal nature to lead us by its instinctual dictates; so we can start to appreciate what the obedient Son did in denying it the power to rule him, thereby breaking its power in his brothers. In the tradition of his father David, he overcame what seems an impossible foe. Goliath represents the nature put on the human, the thick membrane which separates the humans from God, creating an obstacle that cannot even be seen, let alone fought against, least of all overcome. It is not the adversary for the humans because it helps them survive; it is only an adversary for the sons of God because it keeps them from the Father if it is allowed to rule them, defining them as unclean animals who can't come near the Father.
A shepherd has your servant been for his father with the flock. When the lion or the bear would come and carry off a sheep from the herd, I would go out after him and strike him down and rescue it from his clutches.
David is being carried along by God in what He's about to do all the way to the battle lines, and even in engaging the soldiers with his questions. But the one God chose, to whom He gave His special favor (like Joseph), is being accused of doing evil, of being a cowardly little sinner by his own flesh and blood brother.
Eliab was incensed with David and he said, "Why is it you have come down, and with whom have you left that bit of flock in the wilderness? I'm the one who knows your impudence and your wicked impulses, for it's to see the battle that you've come."
This is what happens to all of God's true sons, after the examples of Joseph and David, when the Father is revealed to them, when He comes to them and puts His life in them. They then slowly become an adversary of the humans who have the spirit of the adversary living in them. As the life of the Father grows in His sons, the adversarial relationship becomes stronger and more defined because they more clearly are able to see as He sees, while the way they used to see is diminishing. The two ways of seeing can't simultaneously be strong; one has to overpower the other, and whichever is nurtured and nourished is the one that grows stronger. That's why the sons are commanded to come away from what continues to reinforce the evil that exists in the humans, not according to good and bad, but all bad if the seed of the life of the Father hasn't been planted in them.
The mythical jesus has become for the christians what David became for the Jews, an untouchable folk hero, some kind of god-man who did extraordinary things because the myths surrounding him are just made-up stories that have no bearing to what was actually true. Instead of Jesus being a revered and loved brother who overcame the impossible, he has been made into an untouchable god, far removed from anything the humans can appreciate. He is actually put in the despicable position of being supremely rewarded for doing what would be an easy task for a god to do, therefore making God the rewarder petty and ridiculous. It also means that because he is so different from them (since he's a god), he can't ever be an actual example for his brothers—what they must follow to be right with the Father. He can only ever be a theoretical example, which frees them from having to give up their life because since they think of themselves as just another human, while he was a god, they couldn't ever do what he did (deny the animal the right to rule him). They would even say that that notion is bordering on heresy, so they are free to just live out their lives like every other animal while they assume because of more of the lies made up by men (that the truth of the condition that the first century believers were under didn't go away, so it's available to anyone and everyone) that they're going to some fanciful heaven, because they're somehow "good" (not like the bad people, as defined by the same liars as those unlike themselves, who of course are the good people). This type of lie is perfectly reinforced by the nature that lives inside them to rule them and define them as unclean animals, because it always looks on its host as good, which is the mechanism of the survival instinct.
The time will come when men will, to suit their own desires, gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
The animals because of their nature always only want to suit their own desires instead of further the cause of God and do His will. So they make up stories which accomplish those ends for them. They don't know what the Son accomplished so they recreate him into the image whereby they can exploit other humans' fear, and control them to do their own will (survive better themselves).
Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, "I came down from heaven?"
The prophet who is truly from God isn't welcomed as a prophet by people who know him. He can never be anything to them except for what they think he is, because of what they conclude by their natural observations about what he is, naturally speaking and as he relates to how they assume he fits into their world.
It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.
The will and desire of God is what is put in the prophet who hears the voice of the Father, but the others are oblivious to it. Even when the prophet is able to do miraculous and supernatural things the animals still won't believe, because their need to only believe what their evil, natural minds tell them could possibly be real, overrides even the miraculous, supernatural, extraordinary things.
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, `Show us the Father'? Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.
It's not the rich who are blessed, contrary to what the humans think, because the humans can only regard things as they are based in and relate to the temporary, dying creation. It's not the intelligent, or those who are able to work the system, or the successful, the prestigious, the honorable or respectable. These are the ones who, no matter what ideals they might put forward, the humans regard as blessed and enviable. These are the ones who receive positions of honor and respect, either outright or by passive deference.
The blessed according to Jesus who knew the truth about the world where God exists, are the poor in spirit, because theirs is the kingdom of the spirit, where God lives. The blessed are the mourners, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted because of righteousness—all according to the present world ruled by the nature that rules the humans. They are made into what the humans despise because they are their opposites. But they will be comforted with an inheritance of love, they will be filled with mercy because of love, and they will see God only because they will be called sons of God, and brothers of the prophets who went before them. The kingdom of the spirit is their inheritance; God is the spirit. Only God has love that won't fade away like the humans' love.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion,
"For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity.
The sons inherit the love of the Father, redemption from the inevitability of being forgotten to rot in some grave to remain one with the temporary creation, and the ability to live forever with Him and their brothers without the fear of their existence ever ending (one with Him instead like their brothers and the Son). The most important thing is that God inherits a family of sons who love their Father more than what normally carries the ultimate value for the humans—their life, the right they have as animals to live it out how they want, for themselves. The sons have all said, in their own individual way, that they are willing to give up what was available to them as humans, for the Father's sake, to accomplish what He wanted instead of fulfilling their own individual destinies—which is the right of all animals to do. That is the declaration of their choice for Him.
And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.