1 Samuel 24 / Jeremiah 1 / Matthew 12
Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I delight;
He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets (he will be hidden).
A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"
He said to them, "If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."
Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
The justice Isaiah is talking about is true justice, that belonging to God who is the only true and enduring judge. It can only be put into a man by His invisible power, and only because He has decided to do it. Then the man understands what justice is, that it isn't relative to what the humans want to define it as—for their good. True justice is always and only for God's benefit, that His will and desire will be accomplished in this creation. The account between Jesus the actual shepherd of God's people and the presumed leaders of Israel establishes a formula between God's sons and the humans who say they know the way to God. Their justice is relative to what will suit and serve them, not God, because they are animals, driven to do their own will. Jesus on the other hand was guided by that pure justice of God that was also in the mouths of His holy prophets, what was put in Jesus by God's life existing in him.
"Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child."
But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, `I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD.
Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant."
God purposely provoked the leaders with the miracles he did. It was the very God that they claimed to serve, living in the body of Jesus, who did those miracles, and there was no power in Jesus besides the life of God—the only good thing—which could make them happen. He could have done them on another day, yet they were done on the sabbath because He knew what was in man, and He wanted to give them the chance to use their earthly power to bring judgment on their heads by their own hands.
The leaders should be guiding the lost sheep, but instead they are blind shepherds who can't guide the sheep because they don't know the way. They use the position of servant (Moses, Jesus) as one which can profit them, for their personal or collective gain. They figure that God doesn't see what they do in secret, or what lives in their heart, yet they are liberal in their use of scriptural "rules" they have created to conveniently judge and condemn others who aren't like them.
It's not a small thing to call yourself a leader of God's people, especially when you use that position for yourself, no matter what capacity that may be. It could be for financial gain, or to satisfy the egotistical craving to be someone who is respectably endowed with a knowledge of the printed words. It could be to push out from your midst those who make you feel uncomfortable, those who don't obey the rules; those who aren't conforming, who make you feel unsafe, uneasy, or don't satisfy your need to be in control. This is a picture of the injustice that is in the animal as opposed to the true justice of God.
I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.
We see how God purposely makes us look like "bad people ," to the "good people" for the same reason—so they will condemn themselves with their own words and actions. It isn't us who are being pushed out in the name of the god they serve; it is the Father, whom we know was doing His work in us, whom they pushed out of their little community of the good people for their own will and comfort, claiming to be able to know what is happening by words printed in a book: "God would NEVER do that!" they say, because it is against His words. "What about the children!" they ask in their righteous disgust. What will the Father say? "What about MY children?" He is the same and does not change, nor will He abandon what has already been started. The justice of God, the desire to do our Father's will instead of our own, is only beginning to take root in us. It is all we ever wanted not because there is anything so good about us inherently, but because that desire was planted inside us, because we were chosen to have it be so. When the time was right, that seed began to sprout, and the life was germinating and sprouting, and the stagnant rules and regulations that are more about humans than about finding the invisible God couldn't satisfy our need to find our true Father, because He caused that seed He planted in us to sprout and start growing.
The sanctity of what the humans who claim to know the way to the living God hold up as sacred and holy through their dead institution's rules and rituals—like the Jews who thought that sacrificing some animal made God happy, while they assumed He couldn't see into their dishonest hearts, just because He was silent—was ironically and beautifully trounced on by the God who causes the seed to sprout in us at the appointed time. He has little respect for the gods that the humans create and live for—their kids, marriages, material things, bible schools, rituals, careers, positions, identities, dead rules made from printed words (so they can hide from God like their ancestors and feel excused) and every other worthless thing they spend their lives and time running after, declaring all those things to be what they love while they give their obligatory time to their gods, getting smarter and more clever about what the words say to trump the unbelievers and feel right about the lives they have created for themselves by all their hard work and responsibility.
While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you."
He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."
The Son had no respect for the humans and their systems and rules, the sacred cows they held onto that made them feel right with their gods because they worshipped them faithfully by turning the words meant to turn the people toward Him—which God gave to Moses—into rules that could make their own animal agendas sacrosanct. The Son was driven by the life which started out as a seed in him too, however it sprouted even before his human mother gave birth to him. Unlike us who have to be transformed from dead to alive, the Son had to remain perfect, spotless, untainted and untouched by the animal nature; and the Father kept him pure that way when he was unable to keep himself (as a child who needed to be brought up properly).
During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
The Son never passed over from human child to human adult. He didn't go through the human process of dying like all the humans do, each destined to die according to how the first humans died. The Son was a human child, but because he did not go through that human process from child to adult, he never became a fully human, fully animal, fully dead to God being, because he had to be different than the rest of the humans and even his brothers. That isn't to say that he wasn't tempted and tested by the animal, who was allowed to do that in the same mode as the record of Job indicates that "satan" was allowed to test him. However, not from within his own dead animal heart (if you are an animal you are dead to God). Satan came and stood before him, meaning from without, not within. The record states that he was *with* the wild animals, not one of them.
I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.
The enduring irony of God would have it that even though the Son denied the animal the right to rule him, and was kept by the Father and then himself thoroughly separated from it ruling, leading, guiding him (he wasn't defined as an animal), he nevertheless to save his brothers had to become the animal. He had to become cursed even though he was the only one who didn't deserve to be cursed. He had to become the snake on the pole in order to take the animal onto and into himself, right there at the end when he was on the cross. At that time the Father had to leave him all alone, to turn away from him because it was then that he became sin—took it on himself, became the animal because the animal was heaped onto him so that by dying with it he could kill its power for the sake of his brothers who before, during and after him wanted to find the Father but couldn't because they were cursed.
About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
The reason the Father was able to so perfectly live in his body was precisely because he wasn't an animal (until the end because it was forced upon him just before he died). Then in that moment the Father had to leave him because the animal inhabited him and the Father doesn't/won't/can't inhabit a body that is unclean because it is inhabited by the unclean animal nature.
"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly.
Having to become the animal was what he was dreading, because all he knew was being close to the Father. The Son was in the Father and the Father was in the Son; they were One, just as he prayed that his disciples would one day be when he was able to inhabit their bodies. But the relationship the Son and the Father had was different than the relationship that the Son would have with the humans who *were* animals that needed to be transformed from dead to alive. The Father couldn't live in an animal body; He could only live in the Son's body because the Son was not an animal. However, when the Son went to the Father and become One with Him, they became like a new creature because of this infusion of the Son's life, which changed the Father because He finally had His long anticipated Son with Him safe and sound. That added life of the Son into the Father's body is what made the spirit able to be given to men who were animals, but who needed to become transformed into a being that is not an animal (a son of God), so they could come into the Father's presence, near to Him because they're clean.
Another crucial importance of the Son is that without that new addition of his life into the Father's body, the Father couldn't ever have His family of sons with Him where He is, to be able to enjoy and love them, because He could only fully live in the Son's body because the animal didn't. After, though, they could live in the bodies of his brothers because the Son's life was like a buffer between the animal and the Father, so He could live there, and so they could become transformed by the life that is planted in them. It is this process of the spirit being given to men that produces God's family, and there is no other way to get to Him except by being born of the spirit, as the Son was in his conception, the firstborn of many brothers.
You should not be surprised at my saying, "You must be born from above." The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.
The spirit is the un hearable voice of the Father who speaks the Father's commands to the son's heart, as per the terms of the new covenant according to Jeremiah, so that the son can live in an honest relationship with the Father on that deep level (not according to rituals or observable human things, but where only the Father sees). Because of Jesus' suffering to learn obedience to the Father's way and his faithfulness to that way (choosing the Father over the animal), the spirit (the life of the Father and Son) can work inside of a man to change him from what he once was to what he will become. He doesn't obey the will or dictates of the humans, nor play by their rules. When God decides to take one of the humans and transform him into a son, that is what He does—He takes him for His own by the force and power of His arm, the same as He pulled the Israelites out of Egypt. Then He replaces the self-serving nature of the unclean animal in that man with His nature. Slowly and steadily He puts His spirit DNA in that one, to actually make him into a son who looks like Him (not to the humans because the process is hidden from the animals) and begin the transformation from dead to living.
The miracle that has already been established in the body of Jesus is the power to supernaturally change a person from self-lover to God lover in a gradual, yet genuine way. To actually change the desires of a man's heart so that the things of the world and the ways of the animal decrease in him while the things of God increase is a long, slow process that takes much teaching, training, suffering, enduring and readjustment to the new way of thinking, living and being. It's relearning what we already once learned when we passed over from child to adult animal—taking the dead animal into us so as to define us as one—when we learned how to be fully human and therefore dead to God. God is interested and actively involved in the sons He has chosen, that they actually become His instead of the serpent's. It's not random or chance, because that is the will of God in the earth, to gather up His family of sons who will be with Him forever.
If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
The miracles that were being done by the power of God in Jesus' body had another message other than the obvious—that the kingdom of God had come upon the humans. The effects of the animal nature that included suffering, pain, and death were being reversed in a few who were close enough to Jesus to touch him. Two things are important about that: the effects of death were being undone, and the recipients had to be near Jesus, touched by, touching or targeted by him, or it had to be deliberately initiated by him in order for it to be accomplished.
In other words it wasn't a blanket healing where everyone who was inflicted by some disease was all of a sudden healed. The fact that they had to be within touching distance of Jesus meant something—that he actually went to them, that it wasn't just something that everyone received willy-nilly; each one was specific. The same is true in both regards about the birth of God's sons. The effects of the animal nature instilled in it once that animal becomes mature are reversed so it becomes like a little child again (dependent on its Father instead of itself), and each birth is specific and deliberate.
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.
God's sons are derided, ridiculed, and called crazy by the humans. That is one way He very effectively separates them from the world. The self-serving, self-appointed "leaders" of Israel had God in their midst, living in the body of Jesus, but they didn't like Him because He made them feel uncomfortable. He told them that they had to give up their animal right to live as they wished in order to not be defined as an animal, and be on the path that leads to the Father. That is the right to live your life the way you decide to, the right to have your own family of sons who look like you while you spend your time taking care of them and yourself. The right to engage in all the animal rites like finding a mate and fulfilling that sexual craving. When that is no longer being satisfied, then it's to satisfy the right to become rich, or to gather up respect for yourself from the other humans, or amass things around you so you feel insulated from your imminent death.
As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."
He said to another man, "Follow me." But the man replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God."
Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family." Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."
The rights the humans cling to are fine for the animals. The sons give them up, they trade them because they hear the voice of their Father and want to find Him instead of preserving their life, what they instinctively feel they need to hang on to, again to feel some insulation from their hostile world. They don't believe the religious leaders who say you can do both, which means that you don't have to believe—you can just say you do while you live your life like all the other animals. They would have dissuaded Abraham from killing Isaac because God loves the children and it's wrong to abuse a child. They would have told Moses that it would be fine to stay in Egypt, because that was the place God put him and he shouldn't rashly think to the otherwise. They would have told Jesus he didn't have to die, that he was being "Over the top with the whole God thing."
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
God demands something from His people, not just to surround themselves with others who reinforce the lie created by men, who admire, respect and lift them up; who spend their lives toiling and laboring for themselves, expending their efforts on maintaining the lie that He is there in their midst blessing them with His presence because what they believe is more right than the other groups of humans who claim to know the way to God. Animals can only inherit the kingdom of the animals, which is the earth—what they become one with once their breath is gone. The kingdom of heaven is the kingdom of the spirit (God is the spirit), which can only be inhabited by those who are born of the spirit.
Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.