1 Samuel 19 / Isaiah 63 / Matthew 8
Levi said of his father and mother,
`I have no regard for them.'
Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.
It's a difficult thing to betray your own flesh and blood, because there is a bond that exists there that is unseen, yet highly predictable. The tie that binds family members isn't just sentiment, but something hidden yet so powerful that it's impossible to break unless one is a renegade or an outcast because of inexcusable behavior. For one to not be either, yet to take on the shame of one who is, there must be a stronger force pulling on that one to cause to want to make him regarded as such by the humans who observe him.
The way that the humans are drawn to each other who share the same DNA is based on the way the Father is with His own sons, yet ironically the way they are is also what keeps them away from Him because being tied to your own flesh and blood means that your sentiment external to that invisible bond will be sentimental at best. That's why the humans who are trying to get to God try to mean it when they say they love Him, and that they love their christian brothers, but it's just flimsy sentimental purposing without any real force behind it. What they love is what they are bound to by that invisible tie that exists between them and their DNA carriers, which gets dimmer moving out from that primary binding circle.
Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.
The jesus god that rules the human belief systems was retroactively made into the mythical good god according to the religious systems that prevailed at the time the whore was born (Roman and Greek polytheistic systems fueled by anti-Jewish [monotheism] sentiment). Present day christians and their ancestors have regarded him through the whore's eyes for these many centuries (since about 400 or so a.d.) while the truth about the real God and the real Son has been removed from the world of the humans, nowhere to be found. This is according to the plan of God, already predicted by Daniel in the original babylon, who heard Isaiah just a little before him.
Why, O LORD, do you make us wander from your ways
The return from Babylon was just another part of the see-saw game that God was playing with Israel, to get her ready for the Son who was coming after a long period of silence from God. But they were never ready, because they were only humans, looking for another human who would serve them and their need for greatness among the other humans, the "bad people." When they heard the Son talk they didn't hear things they wanted to hear, but things that were impossible for good, responsible Jews to hear.
Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
The things the real Jesus said to the people who wanted to follow him (according to what would be acceptable to them) were not good things. The things he said to them in response to their wanting to rally behind him were appalling, disgusting, hurtful and shameful—totally unacceptable. He told them they would have to do and accept things that responsible humans did not do. He said things that apparently went against the law of God, what no good Jew was about to do.
At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven." They said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, `I came down from heaven'?"
"Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered. "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.
The humans who rely on their religious institutions to show them the way will not accept the truth from the living God because it will go against their human sensibilities about what it acceptable. That is key to why the Son said the things he did, because nobody would have been able to follow him unless they were drawn to him by something more powerful that what was in them. The real God doesn't want sons who are lukewarm, milk-toasty mush-mouths who don't have the balls to go against what seems acceptable.
If that secret thing isn't in them, planted there by the Father, they like the Jews who wanted to follow the Son because they thought he could serve them (give them food to eat) have each other to look to about how this Jesus from Galilee seemed like the real deal on the one hand, but he said things that were too harsh and completely odious to their sensibilities. They would be able to agree with each other that he must not be from God after all, because what he said contradicted what they believed about God (passed down to them from humans), so he must have been something other than what they had hoped he would be. "God would never do that," they will exclaim from their self-righteous fear.
He said, "Surely they are my people, sons who will not be false to me"; and so he became their Savior.
Being true to God means betraying the most fundamental things inside our selves, what we think and believe, what we consider valuable and worthless, responsible and unacceptable. All our values that we hold dear to us must be turned on their heads, because that's what the Father wants to have happen to His own sons—totally rejected and abandoned by the humans because the humans cannot save them or give them anything that will allow them to find their true Father. All the humans can ever do for the sons is the disservice of leading them away from the Father because that's where the humans are, and just like the snake who didn't want to be alone in his misery, neither do the humans want to be alone in their miserable alienation from God with nothing to do about it, and they hate and despise anyone who is specially chosen by the Father to become His own son. None of this happens on the conscious level, but on the level fundamental to what they are (animals like the snake), as defined by what rules them (the animal nature that is the snake, the creation of the Father to serve His purpose).
Yet they rebelled
and grieved his Holy Spirit.
The humans want to think of their gods as they think of themselves, because they are only able to make up their gods, so they would definitely be gods that would serve their interests best. Their gods would never do anything bad to them, bad defined as that which would go against their purpose, since they always consider themselves the good people. The sinfulness of the human heart isn't prejudiced—it isn't less in the good people and more in the bad people, although the tendency toward being a good or bad person, as defined by the humans (how they treat each other) can vary between them. The delicious irony about that is that those who consider themselves the good people (because they treat others well) are the furthest from being able to find or know the real God, because they feel they don't need to. They are able to rely on their position they have carved out for themselves among the humans as one of the good people, and the good people don't need God.
For a little while your people possessed your holy place,
We are like those you have never ruled, like those never called by your name.
For a little while too, the life of God lived in the humans (the spirit) in the first century, but then it started fading out of sight and went into captivity when babylon the great whore gobbled it up. Why not, since the Father had the Son with Him, safe and secure so there wasn't any pressing need at hand to continue dealing with the humans as He had to before in the see-saw game He played with Israel; continually going away from Him, then in His anger becoming her enemy and punishing her, then coming back to save her once again—all because she was an integral part of His plan, because she pointed at what He wanted most. Now that the Son was with Him He was satisfied, but the family of all of God's sons are not yet with Him, so He won't abandon His plan and purpose to have them all with Him, one with Him as the Son is presently One with Him.