1 Samuel 29-30 / Jeremiah 5 / Matthew 16
David found strength in the LORD his God.
All the evil men and troublemakers among David's followers said, "Because they did not go out with us, we will not share with them the plunder we recovered."
David replied, "No, my brothers, you must not do that with what the LORD has given us. He has protected us and handed over to us the forces that came against us. Who will listen to what you say?"
The evil in the animal that causes trouble for the peacemaker is because it is individually geared to get and keep for itself, like squirrels with their nuts and dogs with their bones, snarling at each other if another gets close to it. That is a truthful look at the animal nature and how it works in all the animals. The humans have more savvy, so they can cover over their own desire to get and retain for themselves as something good and right—life, liberty, private ownership and the right of all the animals to protect what they own, and all that crap. The condition and circumstance of what the humans hold up as sacred and good is just a smoothed over version of the dog and his bone, because the nature that drives each one's behavior is exactly the same. The difference is in each one's capacity to hide. The dog has very little capacity or need to hide, so driven by the instinct to protect what it thinks is valuable it immediately starts to growl and show it is ready to attack if necessary.
The humans do the same thing, only on a much more sophisticated level. They are able to hide their totally animal behavior as what they agree together is something good and right, a doctrine of fairness to smooth out and cover up (hide) the fact that it's merely animalistic instinctual drives that they have no control over as to what they operate by all their lives, and they aren't sophisticated or actually specially intelligent over the other animals because they all are driven by the same thing. What is common is that drive to get and retain, which as in any case can have its extremes, like someone who has the opportunity to not just have what's "fair," but to get and retain more than what's fair at the expense of the others. That is corruption, violating the rights of the others to get more for itself, but it's still based on the same fundamental instinctual drive to get, have and retain for oneself. In the end the humans are operating on the same level as every other animal, which is why they're all the same, evil according to God because all they can do is look out for and love their own selves, therefore they cannot ever break out of that prison to be able to love God and His purpose.
Among my people are wicked men who lie in wait like men who snare birds and like those who set traps to catch men. Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful and have grown fat and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not plead the case of the fatherless to win it, they do not defend the rights of the poor.
The requirement of the sons of God is to see, hear and understand about the nature that lives in them to make them evil, then to overcome that by becoming separated from it. This doesn't happen on a natural level, what we as humans will try to find a natural agreement about it within our own ability to figure things out. It is what the Father wants/needs/expects/demands from His own sons, so that truth cannot be arrived at via the human process, which is totally flawed and corrupt from its foundation outward, by the same animal processes. It was secretly hidden in the Law of Moses, but the nature that was/is in the human animals fought against it on an individual level.
A new command (requirement) 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.
This new command that Jesus the firstborn Son gave to his own true brothers was known by him because he was taught by the same spirit who taught David by living with him, by teaching him the right way that is echoes in the opening verse. This information was disclosed to them because in just a little while they too would be being inhabited by the same spirit, with the new component of the life of the loved Son added to it. The voice of God, which is the word that declares His intention to His servants (that His purpose of having a family of sons will be fulfilled) doesn't change, nor does the way He works. As His true purpose was declared, yet hidden deep within the law and the prophets because it ran against what the humans were/are willing to accept; as it was preserved in the stories of the OT era sons (David et al), and was made known in the recorded life, purpose and words of the long anticipated Son, yet it was also hidden deep within him too.
The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!"
Few recognized him because he was unacceptable to what they wanted, which is how the Father kept him hidden—right within the midst of them, yet totally hidden from them, because (this is important) what was in them was stronger than their ability to see, hear and be able to recognize and understand that this was the Son of God they were putting to death, because he was unacceptable to what drove them to serve it.
The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike." David made this a statute and ordinance for Israel from that day to this.
The animal wants to take and keep for itself according to what it thinks is the right way, which is evil to begin with because it comes not from God but from the animal nature that rules the humans. Jesus knew what David knew—that God had given the Amalekites to him. Not that he was great within himself to do what he did, but God was great and David recognized that.
"The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. `These men who were hired last worked only one hour,' they said, `and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.'
"But he answered one of them, `Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?'
So the last will be first, and the first will be last."
The burden of the son is that his brother, also God's son along with him, will have as much inheritance as he has for 2 good reasons: one, because it is the opposite of what the animal nature would lead him to do and be; and two, because he knows that the inheritance of God's sons isn't something that can be hoarded or kept for himself. It is God Himself that is the inheritance of His sons—that is, His life in them which gives them not only life, but the ability to actually love, which again is the opposite of what the animals possess. So the sons of God will want the other sons to have as much as they have, to share in the inheritance equally, for everyone's sake who is in the family of God.
The family of God's sons is the only truly fair and democratic system that will ever exist that has anything to do what humans (or those who were once humans, who have been transformed away from that condition). The last being first and the first last is a statement that declares that God does things opposite to the way the humans would expect, all because of what inhabits them instead of what inhabits the sons of God (a little piece of His own life, what inhabited the firstborn Son). David's generosity with the men who were tired, and honoring the elders of his people with the gifts of the plunders—as God had given them to David—is a testament to the fact that he believed and loved God, and honored those who honored him, no matter if they weren't as strong as the others in a human sense of strength or ability to endure. David didn't despise God's purpose as Esau did with his own birthright, selling it to satisfy his animal craving, or like Saul did with the commandment of God regarding the Amalekites and the plundering of their valuable things to satisfy his animal cravings.
Then the word of the LORD came to Samuel: "I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions." Samuel was troubled, and he cried out to the LORD all that night.
David understood and felt the wrath of God because he like Samuel was led by Him, as opposed to Saul who was led by the animal urges to save himself (not killing the Amalekite king), to get for himself (saving the plunder for himself then lying about it) and to appease the humans instead of obeying God (listening to the soldiers who wanted to take the booty, not destroy it), even if it meant not accommodating those warriors who were faithful to Saul, by letting them have the plunder, against the word of God. David was living and acting one with God, while Saul was one with himself. That is the real plight and story of the animal hidden beneath the mountain of lies it creates for itself to live in—that it dies alone with no love other than what it has for its self, so it exists in the bubble of its own love then goes back into the ground. It's revealed to the sons by them being given eyes to see what the truth is, so we have the obligation to continue to see and understand. Not so we can get something for our own selves but so that we can learn how to not be driven by its instincts and cravings as the animals are, so that we in fact can look like our true Father. It's all part of the journey toward Him, staying on the straight path that leads to Him instead of the ground, the inheritance of all the animals.
The message for the chosen people of God from the beginning is to love God and destroy everything that can lead us away from Him. Our brother is the one whom we should love by the removal of the animal constraints, with the same gusto with which we're compelled to love our own self when we're under the animal's rule. That is the dilemma of the humans, they can only love themselves because they have an animal nature that allows only that to be done. So it's impossible to love God with all their heart, mind, soul and body because they are completely caught up in only being able to love their own body—fulfill its demands and requirements, to satisfy its cravings, urges and impulses.
Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the King will say to those on his right, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."
Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?"
The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
Then he will say to those on his left, "Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me."
They also will answer, "Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?"
He will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me."
Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.
So I will go to the leaders and speak to them; surely they know the way of the LORD, the requirements of their God. But with one accord they too had broken off the yoke and torn off the bonds.
The house of Israel and the house of Judah have been utterly unfaithful to me," declares the LORD. They have lied about the LORD; they said, "He will do nothing! No harm will come to us; we will never see sword or famine."
The prophets are but wind and the word is not in them; so let what they say be done to them.
Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear:
These people have stubborn and rebellious hearts; they have turned aside and gone away.
They do not say to themselves, "Let us fear the LORD our God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest."
Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not plead the case of the fatherless to win it, they do not defend the rights of the poor.
A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?
Humans are slaves to the animal nature and they don't even know it. It is the perfectly powerful and ubiquitous force that God employed for His own purpose, and impossible to break through. It is God's mechanism; in the tradition of Job it is His doing. It keeps the humans where He wants them—away from Him. The vast majority of animals live and die the same, coming out of the natural creation and going back to it, and so couldn't be regarded by Him as more than a plant that shoots up then dies as per its own cycle of living and dying in this creation based not on life, but death.
Israel was God's chosen people until the Son came; not the entire world but just this one little sliver of people He chose to be His. What are they being condemned by God for? For being given eyes, but not being able to see, and ears but not hearing the message that God desired them to hear—what He told them over and over, even from the beginning. Love the LORD your God over everything else—go so far as to destroy what isn't Him—and love their brother Israelite like he was their own body. That's the most important thing, but because they were animals, He gave them more explicit instructions too.
What they should have seen as something more fundamental is the message from God that is from the beginning: Don't trust whatever urges and impulses come up in you to do whatever you want to do, because you can't trust those things. That is what the nations are driven by who do not have me as their God. They serve and run after every god that gives them pleasure, which satisfies their need for self-satisfaction and self-promotion. They create their own gods for that reason, and then serve them, so their gods always do what they want. The God of Israel is not a god of chaos and self-fulfillment, but of order and He expects something other than being driven by the natural instincts and impulses that are within you—the animal nature that was put onto the humans as the curse of Adam trusting the animal more than his Father.
To see that there are all these very tangible impulses and fears going on inside us is the beginning of being able to see what God requires—that we recognize and come away from them if we are given the ability to see. The burden of the son of God is to un become what is easy and natural, which is to just be what you are—an animal driven by instinct—living your life satisfying those urges and impulses; being led by them so they are your definite master. That is what Adam allowed himself to do, believe and trust the animal and serve it and himself instead of the Father, and the reason God gave him over to it, binding their natures together. God doesn't want His sons to be led by the animal nature or its whims, urges, impulses or instincts no matter what they are (even if we've made them gods which always satisfy us). They begin with the self and end with the self in a continual cycle of self-preservation because of all the animal fears and the inability to trust God. What about those who claim to see, who claim to know the way to God, but cannot know, but say they can see?
I thought, "These are only the poor; they are foolish, for they do not know the way of the LORD, the requirements of their God. So I will go to the leaders and speak to them; surely they know the way of the LORD, the requirements of their God."
But with one accord they too had broken off the yoke and torn off the bonds.
There is a yoke and slavery that God expects from those who claim to see, who claim to be His people, who claim to know the way to Him, who assume to teach others what He wants and expects. Those who are poor in spirit and do not know the way to God will be held less responsible, but what about those who assume the role of teacher, leader, shepherd of God's people?
If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
The leaders, because they can't see that they are merely animals led by instinct, can't see that it's impossible for them to love, so they don't have anything to repent from. If the command is to love, but they can't love, how can they expect to remain guiltless? Assuming to be the leaders of God's people, as though that position were on the same level of becoming a manager of a grocery store or an officer in the local Kiwanis club is the standard they will be judged by. Taking what is holy and making it profane by using it to satisfy their own animal cravings, which may even be something hidden to them underneath all the human lies they choose to trust, is not something to be taken lightly.
That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
The leaders claim to know a lot, so they should be expected to know what the desire of God is for those who have been given much. They definitely claim to know the master's will, which as is written in their law book, according to the master himself, is only to love. Should they expect to be held blameless when because of their animal natures they turn the words upside-down for their own good, and judge and condemn others for crimes less severe than the ones they commit? They turned God away from their midst in a deliberate act of vengeance and animal behavior, what many packs of wild animals do to those who are different or threatening to the pack. Because they were able to justify their actions with scripture they turned into rules they assume to live by, what about the scripture that condemns them for the things they do? Are they not the same as those who were ready, by the conspiracy of the self-preserving animal nature within them, to stone Mary Magdalene for her easily identifiable, outward sins; yet who were rebuked by Jesus because they were with worse sin hidden in their hearts, which he apparently identified within each one of them individually, making them public what they thought they could hide in their heart?
Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
How easy it is to justify the self while it condemns others less worthy of condemnation; that is what the animal does as it is led by the lies that live within it. How easy is it to be swept away by the animal's need to be, and lie that it is; better, righter, more just than the other—which is the egotistical component of the nature. Is that just the same thing we're doing here in these writings? Hopefully, for our own sake, no one will ever even know who is physically writing these documents, and why should they? Who cares what humans spent their time writing these words? Nothing's about any of the humans; everything's about the Father's purpose and desire to have a family of sons who are willing to not be recognized at all for anything—because they know that they don't matter at all on an individual level. That is the animal way, and the sons of God are not seen as animals any longer because they are kept in that condition by the life that is inhabiting them and their choice to do the Father's will above their own (true faith and belief). They are God's children because they are willing to become like children who are despised by the adult human animals who aren't seen by God because they're dead.
From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!"
As Jesus told his disciples the truth even though it went against what they wanted to accept, let us say what we know is true. As he revealed the Father's truth to those who were chosen to be told so they could be taught the way of the son who understands about the yeast of the leaders—their utter hypocrisy and their inability to see what they do—so he lives to teach us who have been chosen to become sons who aren't led or fooled by the animal's deception. Let us move away from that deception, as slowly but steadily as we are able to. Let us meditate and listen because he speaks to us to teach us the way to the Father, which the humans don't know about. Only the sons know how to get to the Father, because that's the way He set it up and wants it to be. It is through the teaching of the greatest Son that they learn the way, which is to un become what they naturally are so that they look like their Father instead of the snake which rules the temporary creation and its inhabitants.
Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that He would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised holy spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.
When David arrived in Ziklag, he sent some of the plunder to the elders of Judah, who were his friends, saying, "Here is a present for you from the plunder of the LORD's enemies."
Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, `What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.'
"The manager said to himself, `What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I'm not strong enough to dig, and I'm ashamed to beg—I know what I'll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.'
"So he called in each one of his master's debtors. He asked the first, `How much do you owe my master?'
" `Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,' he replied.
"Then he asked the second, `And how much do you owe?'
"The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?