1 Samuel 25 / Jeremiah 2 / Matthew 13
I will pass judgment on you because you say, `I have not sinned.'
Why do you go about so much,
changing your ways?
You will also leave that place
with your hands on your head,
The world full of humans, though it claims to be filled with wisdom and knowledge, cannot help the sons find the Father because that knowledge comes from a secret place inside of them if the seed has been planted. Though the urge to be validated by them supercedes the more seemingly benign urges to share what is happening inside them, nevertheless they both usually fail because the trust that the son must develop with the unseen Father who lives in the son by the life put into him, in the secret places where only the life can speak to him happens there and not on the outside. Encouragement from other sons can happen as we comprehend what the life is doing in them, but the specific teachings are individually tailored and speak to the particular sons specifically. In order to go further in toward the Father, that is the relationship which must supercede all his other relationships, even with the other sons.
The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom.
The one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who (1) hears the word and (2) understands it. He (3) produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
We cannot rely on each other to teach what only the teacher can teach us because we are within our selves ignorant of what the teacher knows. It is easier and more convenient to do that, and it might generate a feeling of safety, but the relationship with the Father must be the thing that everything else revolves around. The Father actually can draw us further in, while the sons only encourage each other to keep going in toward Him. The best thing one son can be for another son is a solid rock that cannot be moved. If a son is trying to urge another to see his point with too much gusto it will usually be for and from wrong motives, to get something for himself. The best thing to do is just be calm and understand that we don't need to control anything so we shouldn't get super freaked out by anything because we don't have any control over the situation that actually matters, which doesn't follow along natural lines (can't be controlled by us). Relying on the Father and not trying to control things is true faith, and produces more of the same, while freaking out and trying to convince by whatever means we have within us (all natural, and ultimately powerless) makes it harder on everyone. That can only come from fear, which comes from below, from the earth, from us and our own experience and what we falsely believe will allow us to control whatever it is that is freaking us out.
If they rely on each other to be what the Father wants to and must be for each of them particularly, out of convenience because they can see the other sons, then they just get pulled down by the common denominator of their own human limitations, which always and continually fight against the knowledge of the Father and the faith needed to keep relying on that unseen thing. The other humans, even our brothers whom we comprehend are being chosen to become sons, cannot save us or even give us what only the Father can give us by going further in to that scary, unknown, hidden place where He is, with the Son, where He wants us to exist with Him—in the actual word-hearing- response & production training that facilitates our particular transformation. That way we can be truly helpful to our brother by being an unmovable rock which just by being that is helpful to him, because that is what helps his faith in the unseen, certainly not being able to convince by our own means.
When the LORD has done for my master every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him leader over Israel, my master will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself.
Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands.
When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, "Praise be to the LORD, who has upheld my cause against Nabal for treating me with contempt. He has kept his servant from doing wrong and has brought Nabal's wrongdoing down on his own head.
Overcome with emotion and a response of retaliation, David knew but then forgot that he should have considered himself prohibited from avenging himself by his own hands. Abigail interceded for him so that he would not have the staggering burden of having avenged himself on his conscience. Because of what she did, keeping the servant of the LORD from doing harm to himself, she was redeemed by God, who avenged David Himself. The sons will need to learn that even though He is unseen, the Father is able and willing to avenge them if He so desires, and they should wait for that, which is the harder way because it involves the real work of belief. The work of avenging oneself may involve effort, but it is a work that doesn't lead to believing even more, which truly believing to the extent that vengeance by and for the self isn't required does bring more of. Avenging one's self by one's own hand and power may produce some momentary satisfaction, but it doesn't last and it doesn't produce more belief in the unseen but less, because we didn't wait for it.
Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
The way the story went is very important to the message that was put into Jesus' heart and the word that was put in his mouth. It went past Moses, Israel and Abraham; past Noah and Enoch all the way back to righteous Abel, the first to begin pointing at the Son and his importance to the Father. God's prophets and righteous men did the same thing because of the life that was in/on them, the spirit of the Father who told them a little piece of the truth. The whole truth is what they were just a little part of, one small component that can't be realized until each one is put into place, until the body of God's family is complete and whole.
Paul obviously knew some truth about certain pieces to the puzzle, like how important the body of Jesus was. He considered each one of the believers to be one little piece of that body. He speaks a lot about the body, and each one making up a part of the body, esp. in the Corinthian letters. Paul is another son, like so many prophets and righteous men before him were also sons, each one knowing a part of the truth. But nothing is ever fully developed or known by any of God's prophets or righteous men. The entire plan and purpose will not be disclosed until the body, His family, is all gathered up to Him and complete.
No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
That plan is the ultimate purpose and reason for everything that we see existing. It is the will of the Father to have His family of sons. It's what they all support and point at, what they work for and devote their lives to because they are overtaken by the Father's purpose (they and their brothers are His purpose). They become led by that purpose instead of the animal's (always take care of self to survive at any cost), which will be the glory of the family—each one of the sons will have gone through this process and journey which in the end is the enduring choice that declares their love for the Father in each and every one of them who made that their choice like the others, like the firstborn Son who is the model and example for all the others. They validate and support His will not with mere words, but their lives being taken over by the desire to fulfill His will over their own, and thereby become worthy to have His name put on them as His valid, legitimate son.
They (the fathers) did not ask, `Where is the LORD, who brought us up out of Egypt?
The priests did not ask, `Where is the LORD?'
My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
You said, `It's no use! I love foreign gods, and I must go after them.'
They (the house of Israel) say to wood, `You are my father,' and to stone, `You gave me birth.' They have turned their backs to me and not their faces; yet when they are in trouble, they say, `Come and save us!'
You say, 'I am innocent;
he is not angry with me.'
You will be disappointed by Egypt
as you were by Assyria.
The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"
He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them in parables:
"Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
Jesus' coming into the world is the fulfillment of the hope that was put in God's many prophets, which reflected His own hope and anticipation of the one who would make Him truly happy, which says something truly significant about what God loves to see from His righteous men. They are those who choose to make themselves the good soil of the parable, by becoming aware of the dangers of being ignorant to the word, of having no root so they get blown over by the smallest wind, of the endless anxieties and worries of living and the deceitfulness of wealth, all which lead to that condition of not being the soil that can produce a crop of righteousness for the Father's sake (the changed condition of their heart from scared animal with endless defense walls to vulnerable child).
The Son is the culmination of what the spirit in all of them was pointing to in the messages that were put in their hearts, and words that were put in their mouths. They were all sons, and they tell the story of the one son who would retroactively save them by destroying the power of death, that is, the power that keeps them in the grave, and which has kept men in bondage to it from the beginning, doing its job of keeping the humans away from God.
"Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?" they asked. "Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother's name Mary, and aren't his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren't all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?" And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor."
And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
If we have the word of God in us, then it will be proven true by God. No prophet speaks on his own behalf, but is driven by the power of the life that is in him, putting God's messages in his heart and His word in the prophet's mouth. There is only one prophet now, the One who was raised up, and by his life we speak to ourselves and each other, not on our own behalf or for our own good. If we were speaking words that everyone already assumes to know, then we would be welcomed into their assemblies and they would love us as their own. But they don't love us, they hate us, as we have already seen the underbelly of reality in their actions, behind all the veneer of their supposed love.
A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household!
Perhaps they even believe they are able to love, which is the point of the message that has been put in us—animals cannot love, and the humans are nothing more than animals, with the same nature that is programmed to merely survive and take care of themselves above everything else. Animals can and will always and without exception only ever be able to love themselves. We don't need to talk at length about what they did or are doing to us, because their fathers did much worse things to our brothers. That's something I've obviously taken quite a long time in learning, as the egotistical cravings to be avenged, still living in me, easily and readily show themselves in me, much more than my desire or ability to love those who hate me.
As we grow up into the family of God, we grow away from those animal predispositions. We have to, which is the point of everything real, if the calling is to be made complete. That is, if we are to be transformed from animal to son, which is the good news for those who are called (that they first can even be able to see it, then be transformed away from it). If they don't even know they're animals, how then can they be transformed? If we have to spend the rest of our days saying the same thing over and over, showing how all of the accounts all point back to the same thing, then that should be enough for us, as long as we're helping the Father's purpose instead of our own.
If we can save one of God's sheep and turn him around and point him to the Father, then our life will have been worthwhile. If it takes 40 years of doing that, day after day of waiting for the promise and hope that's in our hearts, then that's okay because the family of God is the only thing that is worth anything. It becomes our life and identity which consumes us because it is our Father's will, and the only way our lives can mean anything is by them becoming a sacrifice to that end, for His sake, that He will have what He wants. That is the message of the Son's life and message, verbal and non-verbal (what he actually did, which says more than anything).We know it will happen, because we've tasted the power of the life that is changing us—so it is a worthwhile thing to do. Nothing that we do for our own sake, for our selves, can ever amount to anything because whatever we do that is not for God's family is part of the animal plan to keep saving itself, which is part of the temporary, dying creation. It will be plowed under and made part of the ground like everything else that is forever one with it by that process (gravity sucking it back into the earth).
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry (according to the dictates of the animal nature).
They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.
Paul likens it to a marathon race because it's a very accurate description of our burden and work, to patiently endure with the message that has been put in our hearts and the word that has been put in our mouths. Not living as animals who are led by the animal nature, but by the spirit, voice and life that has been put in us, in the same tradition that Jesus lived, what made him valuable and important to the Father.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.
I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.
I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
Instead of seeking vindication and validation, let us consider ourselves the blessed, as God has given us this knowledge within our hearts to see what they cannot see, to feel what they cannot feel, and welcome any whom He might also choose. The freedom we have to understand and become the truth turns into the burden for the family, which is what it means to lose our life. It is the opposite of what we were before, always only concerned for the things that would further our own agenda, from which the truth sets us free. But it's not freedom to live for ourselves, which we know is the lie, or any of the urges of the animal.
So we don't welcome, or choose, or throw our pearls to whomever we decide should be a son of God. It's not based on our natural notions of who is worthy and not. In our natural state we cannot see into any part of the heart so as to make those kinds of righteous decisions—only God can, and whomever He gives that ability to (the Son and helpers). We would naturally choose by the evil that is within us and our human nature, based on our human emotions, our need to have the egotistical component still at work within us gratified. It's just something in us that defines us as animals instead of sons, which is what the struggle within us is all about.
We also slowly look away from the community and race of animals as we are given the ability to by the power that is being put in us to do that. Not to be comforted by them any more, never to take refuge in the false power of the natural, takes a long while. We have been shown that an earthly connection to the humans is false and can turn in a moment, because it's all based on tenuous emotions and temporary things that change. Our connectedness with the children of darkness, though it all seems so benign, because of friendship or familial associations are hard to walk away from, but they are based on the old relationship, human emotions and things that are only temporary and they change as quickly as the wind.
Ultimately anyone and anything that is not chosen by God is evil, His enemy, because it is all programmed to reinforce itself in the temporary creation, and cannot do what is right according to God and His plan. In other words, they couldn't care less about His family, no matter what they say, because they are being continually sucked back into the earth and themselves, which is what being ruled by the animal is all about. Only by the love that only comes from the Father, which is put in a son's heart, can that bond be broken. God's love cannot co-exist with the love of self in His servants, which is why we aren't as close to knowing His love for ourselves as we'd like to yet. But we like children are learning about it, and a little more able to choose to serve one over the other.
The one is temporary yet so appealing, so satisfying to obey the urges, impulses and instincts of the animal, which only lives for the moment. The other one is the harder thing to choose, but the love that we know lasts, even when the temporary creation is gone away. Paul speaks of this love in one of the Corinthian letters. Faith and hope are all we have now, because God's love is not fully met in these vessels of corruption. But when it does come, faith and hope will no longer apply, and only God's perfect love, which destined Him to have a family of sons who love Him perfectly, will remain. Then we will be complete. However, God's love is exclusive of the other, our God is a jealous God, and we will have to choose who we want to serve. That cannot be done for us. But when we do choose He provides comfort because He is faithful and His will, which that choice supports, is permanent. That reinforces the right way in us, what enables us to be transformed.
Night and day they were a wall around us all the time we were herding our sheep near them.