2 Samuel 4-5 / Jeremiah 10 / Matthew 21
Do not learn the ways of the nations.
Jeremiah is addressing the making of idols because it was a more religiously superstitious culture of humans in his day. What lived in the humans to make them what they were is the same thing that lives in them today, and the words of Jeremiah apply the same way because the humans are essentially the same animals needing to survive in a hostile world. Today the humans have just learned to smooth that over so things aren't as obvious as then, but they have been the same since the beginning.
Good and upright is the LORD;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
Those who ever existed who weren't totally dominated by the animal to define them as such were the humans that the only true living God revealed Himself to. The rest were as the foreign nations were to Israel—outside of the calling and hope of Israel, the purpose of God the creator of everything seen whose purpose in creating what is seen is to draw out a family of sons from it. There were only ever a few who were ever specifically called by name from out of the world of the humans to hear the voice of their true Father, who had chosen them to come out from it by seeing it for what it truly is and learning a new way that skirts around the way they would have otherwise been totally disposed to being an integral part of without knowing any other way.
The sons though do know another way, because the Father has revealed that way to them, and they know it because they can hear a voice that the ordinary human animals cannot hear, inside their heart which normally isn't equipped to hear things as such. The humans make fun of the sons because they say those are things which cannot possibly be there (because they aren't experiencing it so it must not be since they know everything that can ever possibly be known), but even the humans experience the fleeting copies of the better things in their tightly closed little hearts that cannot be explained, what they can't control or even observe, so they just explain their feelings of love (fleeting copy of the better thing) and fear (the hallmark of their cursed nature), which go against their rational way they think makes them so superior, as some kind of given that they can't explain.
The fear that totally dominates them comes from the observations, from an early age, about the hostile world around them and the need to protect. Even from the young years they start to realize that it isn't a nice world where everyone looks out for each other and takes care of one another. On the contrary it is a world filled with bullies and princesses, kiss-asses and smart asses, tricksters and thieves. They learn that acceptance is tenuous and based on what they can give or be, outside of what they naturally are, which can get them that from whomever is deemed valuable enough to want to get it from.
It's a cold, unaccepting hostile world that the humans make for no other reason than that's what their nature requires. Everyone's just afraid and they're all playing a continual game of hiding behind whatever their particular resources can gather in for themselves to be able to do it. Some do it crudely while others are more sophisticated, but the reason they all do it is the same for all of them. They don't have a choice, they are compelled by the nature that is the basis for their fear based behavior. Because everyone just does it, everyone else including them don't even think of it on an observable level, because the same nature prohibits them from even being able to back around the corner in order to be able to see it. It controls their thoughts and behavior so perfectly that it's never found out, because that would require vulnerability, and the mechanism that is ubiquitously at work demands and dictates the opposite in them. When they erroneously think they're being "vulnerable,." that is merely another way to hide and not be found out.
The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
The snare is the nature that seamlessly captures the humans when they begin seeing the world for what it is, not a place where there are so many people around them who will be taking care of them and watching over them, but a world where they must learn to survive and adapt to this hostile world and become one of them so they can play the game of hiding, because that's all they do, learning how to adopt the most sophisticated system they can pull off for the resources they possess.
The sons of God must also be born into this world of human animals and become fully one of them, because they come from the stock of the humans which were created in the image of God (different than the other animals in their capacities, but just like them in their limitations). They must become one of the fully dead humans so that they can choose when the truth is being revealed to them—do they want what is natural for them, what is easy to retain just because they are already fully aware of what they have to do (just keep doing the same thing), or do they want to choose the Father which ALWAYS means rejecting the old way and everything it's about. The choice is real and it's absolute. It's not like the liars say by their lies that you can just do both, that being fully human (actually dead to God) is the only choice so holding on to it as per the instinct of the animal built in to the nature that rules them is the only option and the best thing is to continue doing that while you make your service to whatever god we're discussing be like a hobby you incorporate as an aside to your otherwise fully engaged life as an animal doing and being what you're defining yourself as by that doing and being. Being fully a dead animal in the heart, yet pretending to be otherwise by some external rituals (the hiding) is all there is for the animals, which is why one can wander into any church and listen to any message and be fully confused about it because it runs contrary to what's actually inside the animal to be able to accept. The mythological basis upon which the religion was established is 1800 years old. It has been updated and modernized through the years (reformation, various jesus movements and revivalist phenomena), but the foundation of the machine is fundamentally flawed, which never gets fixed in any of the big human religious movements. They never comprehend what sin is because they can't. If they did they might turn and be healed.
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: `God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'
Even though the criticism is valid it's not important because it's too easy and we should move on from there just as fast as possible since that itself, if dwelt upon, is just food for the animal to set our own selves up as those needing to survive, and feeling safe by our knowledge that we are so good at the expense of the others.
"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, `God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'
To see the condition that plagues the humans is the beginning. The next step is seeing how we are the same thing, from the same stock so also plagued by the same tendency to want to run and hide in whatever we can find or manufacture for ourselves and our own little hiding place, because being human we are just scared little animals who are driven by fear to instinctually need to do just whatever it is that's being dictated to us to do by the nature that rules us mercilessly (never lets up) because it's just doing its job of keeping the humans away from God like they were so many rats. The irony is that they think so highly of themselves, which is again necessary as a main component of the nature that must survive at all cost, so they're stuck in a kind of unseen vortex whose force keeps them stuck inside it, unable because they're unwilling to come out. They just like where they are because it's easy to remain in the state they are in and there's no call to come away from it so there's no need to ever even see it. That is the case for all but just a sliver of the humans, to whom the Father has revealed the truth of His existence and position as their true Father, and they His true sons. That is the information needed in order to make the choice, although it is about fifty-thousand time more complex than that, and usually spans lots of time, not just one moment, which is how a decision that is made is usually understood.
If that one chooses the Father, then that one starts submitting to being conformed to another reality than the one he already is quite familiar with because he is from that stock so he learned all its ways when he passed over and became fully one of the family of the human walking dead animals who must survive in their hostile world or else get eaten up by any of the various threats that abound in that world. The son first learns about the nature that dominates the humans even though they remain unawares and how bad it is because it is designed solely for the purpose of keeping them away from the Father. Since the son's objective though now is to come close to the Father, that nature which works so perfectly will have to start being dismantled inside him.
"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
This happens on a level that's so deep within him that it's inaccessible even to himself—the animal that was conformed to the reality of being programmed not to come close to God but hide from Him (the first thing the humans did once they were born into the race of the walking dead). That place is the heart, where the Father's life either exists (son) or it doesn't (human), for the very specific purpose of this process of transformation that has only just been started in this one.
I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, "Go, throw yourself into the sea," and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
Since he has to start over, basically from square one, the humility should become implied as the consciousness increases; but because of his old nature he is still preoccupied with hiding and pretending, oftentimes without even being away of what he's doing because it's so natural a part of himself as the other creature whose influence he's trying to come away from so he can be under another influence—of the good teacher who can teach him how to be a good, acceptable son to the Father and can therefore come near Him because he's becoming more clean than dirty, more blessed than cursed, more able to be called a son than a mere animal, a beast in the field whose only purpose in life is to die so he can become fully one with the natural creation, just another one of its endless cycles of terminating existences, giving the illusion of some king of unchangeable and never ending eternity.
I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
That's how much the Father cares for His own sons, those few who were standing there with Jesus who had specifically been given the eyes to be able to see fully who he was to the Father and to them, those who he was sent to teach and instruct about the ways of the Father and reveal the Father to them, because He was their true Father, what otherwise wouldn't have been known by them unless they were told. And he the good Son told his brothers the good news about their true Father, which is what the stories are all about.
Not generic facts that apply to the whole world of humans, which is the ridiculous lie that was developed by the humans, they way they know how to do it best—everything gets conformed to their reality of needing to survive in their hostile world, and this is just another one of those survival tactic except this is the ultimate one. Think of it, they create a system whereby they are able to fully enjoy their animals rights of living and dying just as they please (never being conformed to God's reality, what the Son conformed to instead of the animal reality), and yet also guaranteeing for themselves an eternal spot in their gods' "heaven" (in quotes because it's not a place but a state of being)—all just because they want to and feel they deserve to, because they're so inherently valuable to their gods (themselves). That is the conspiracy they participate in, a logical outgrowth of the nature of survival and self-protection via self-promotion.
Simply put, the sons must come away from this nature of hiding and falseness—false expectations and motivations because of false orientations. To be able to see it for what it is i.e., the way the Father effectively keeps the vast bulk of humanity away from Himself is to see how much the Father cares about His own sons, which is why the sons are the only ones able to see that (they are given eyes to see and ears to hear and a mind that can understand the truth of the Father, not generically but specifically as it pertains to them—that He is their true Father and not any human, and that their true brothers are those who also can see what they see and know what they know).
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
Love is the end and logical outcome of that seeing and knowing. There is no other reason to love and want to take care of one who isn't our own flesh and blood than to do it because we are actually doing it for the Father and we want to please Him by going against the animal's instincts to kill and survive and want to instead take care of God's possession even because it means effectively giving up one's life to do it, in whatever form that comes—literally or by one's life being spent for a work that doesn't seem to directly benefit himself in ways the humans normally are compelled to, for the sake of God and what He wants.
As surely as the LORD lives, who has delivered me out of all trouble, when a man told me, 'Saul is dead,' and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and put him to death in Ziklag. That was the reward I gave him for his news! How much more—when wicked men have killed an innocent man in his own house and on his own bed—should I not now demand his blood from your hand and rid the earth of you!
David didn't just want kingship for himself at any cost, which is what the ruthless men assumed, assuming he was an animal just like them, who only wanted to get, retain and control for their selves. David didn't see these acts as done by the hand of God (because the spirit of sonship was on him), but men looking to promote themselves, and not in David's or God's interests. They thought David was like them, hungry for power like Saul, led by the animal nature desiring primarily to heap up for himself, while God's interests didn't figure in. Saul hunted David for 12-15 years, even though he was in no position of power at the time. Saul didn't care to leave things up to God, because he didn't care about what God wanted. Saul wanted to control the situation by the power of his own hand, for his own sake.
Recab and Baanah were free to come and go, and so were trusted in the king's house. They used that privileged position to ambush Ish-Bosheth in his bed, as they were so much trusted that they even knew his sleeping schedule. As long as there was some hope that he might overtake David and retain the kingship, they were willing to be "loyal" to him. But when they saw that David might be king, they initiated the cowardly betrayal.
It's a lot like Judas' betrayal of Jesus, because he was given all the privilege, love and care as the other men who sincerely wanted to believe him and do that hard work, to try as best they could to love him even though they were hampered by the animal nature to be able to. It has a stranglehold on the humans, which we can see reflected in many of the accounts of those disciples who were led away by the animal nature's desire within them for self-preservation (Peter's vehement denial of Jesus to save himself) and self-promotion (James and John asking for special privileges, to be great).
Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.
In the end, they all except Judas went through the very difficult transformation from what they were to what they became, according to the Father's wishes (so they could come close to Him). Judas couldn't deny the animal nature and was so much led by it that he initiated the betrayal when he firmly realized that Jesus wasn't going to serve him (in the house at his anointing with the perfume, when Jesus declared it was for his burial and he fully intended to die, therefore wouldn't be able to accommodate Judas' desire to accomplish what was in his heart—something for himself wrapped in the cloak of it being done in the name of the good of greater Israel). He became one with it and loved it more than he truly loved God and the Son, who ironically was going to his burial for Judas' and his brothers' sake. The others were led astray by it, but were sorrowful and repentant because they wanted to love him but the animal nature in them was stronger than their ability to love him. Only Jesus was strong enough to be perfectly led by God and never the animal, and why he was loved by God as the perfect Lamb, worthy to be honored. That's why he had to be different than all his brothers, yet the same because of the process. His motivation was love for the Father, and giving Him what He wanted and desired more than getting and retaining for himself. That is a pure form of the Son's purpose as model and example for his brothers.
We will often be led by the animal nature to choose ourselves. Now is the time, while we are being taught about its power in us, to see and recognize that so we can be pulled away from its dominance over us. In the times when we don't feel like any of this is true, when all we can believe is what we can see with our natural eyes, is the time when the work of believing is crucial. It's easier to do the work of believing when the spirit is in us, giving us clear understanding about the things of God, when the voice is speaking clearly in us and giving us knowledge of the reality of his presence in us. When it's more difficult to believe and act, but we do it anyway, is when it's more important to God because it's like our own initiation of love toward Him, not just a response when He calls us.
I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, "Go, throw yourself into the sea," and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
The animal nature and everything else that we inherently are because of its life in us—the cravings, urges, impulses and instincts to be an animal rather than a son—are just like a mountain between us and finding, getting what we want most. That is the love of our Father in us, to be in His presence and be taken over by His love, which displaces that animal nature and gives us our new identity and seals us with the knowledge of His intention to redeem us from the ground.
Without that we're left to being what we as human animals inherently are—merely trees that take up water and nutrients from the soil but produce no fruit. Animals who can only ever love themselves and who in the end can only expect to have what we've spent our life loving—our selves and whatever identity we were able to build up around us; eventually inheriting nothing more than our dead corpses rotting in the ground. Everything we've spent our lives accumulating—all the love, honor and respect of men; the money, children, lovers, wives, careers, identities and everything else—will just go away like the life has gone away from the bodies we once thought were indestructible.
Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.
All that will be ours as we begin the transformation back to organic matter. But it does us little good if we're dead and can't hear our children saying what a wonderful husband and father we were. They're not going to lovingly prop us up in the front seat of our brand new pickup truck and drive us around town full of formaldehyde, or in a chair in our new kitchen looking out onto the vineyard. The humans are unnecessarily arrogant; everything is futile and meaningless. Let the sons come away from them so they can become filled with life that only their true Father can put into them.
John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
There's nothing sensational about the truth of God and what He wants from His sons; it makes sense and it's all written down in words that have been preserved for us to read. However, the understanding of everything comes not from the interpretation of men but from the voice that lives in the sons to teach us about the Father. That is what is able to actually take that mountain which is the flesh, the animal nature, and flatten it or throw it in the sea so even the water doesn't hinder us from being on the path to our Father and finding His love. So the paths that lead to our Father and the good things He has for us to know, be and do can be straight.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
It's work to keep believing when it's hard to, when we don't want to, when everything in the natural points to the life not being true, and the natural is all we can see. It's work to keep asking for the good gifts, and seeking the treasure that is hidden, and then when we've found it to sell everything we have and love in the world to buy that one field where it is buried, because we and the few rag tags and undesirables (to the humans) that the Father gives us to verify and validate that the life is real will be the only ones who understand.
The disparity and therefore the humility and love that had to exist in Moses—pointing at Jesus—was miraculously put into him by God. It completely transformed him from one thing to the other. To the humans around him it looked like he was crazy and had chosen what nobody in their right mind would. But what drove him was the love of God, put into him by God, for the purpose of doing His will in the earth. Since in the truest reality that is the only thing that matters, then according to God he had chosen to respond to the only good thing, and so was important and useful to Him. God loved Moses because he chose the better thing.
Only one thing is needed (to sit at the Lord's feet listening to what he said, to listen to the voice and respond and not worry about anything else. To only be "responsible" to him and doing the Father's will, which is not aligned with man's).
Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.
Jesus said that Martha, who was busying herself with what the humans thought was the better thing, was actually only doing a work that was temporary, of the world—preparing food that would go in the stomach and then out the next day, and only as valuable as that. Mary chose only to honor the Lord, to eat the words of life that came out of his mouth, because she recognized them as such and responded, looking like an irresponsible louse. It's like leaving your kids in the daycare facility an extra hour so you can choose the better thing—listening to the word being spoken inside you—and the shame that went with all of that from so many "responsible" people who claimed to know the way to God.
What's important to perceive about the Israelites, those who Moses led out of Egypt, is that they were slaves that had come from from slaves. They were the worst, the most ignorant and stupid animals, uneducated and given purely to appetite and instinct (thus all the crying about the food they had in Egypt). They were louts and brutes given to violence and natural reaction. They were not at all the type of people anyone would love or want to lead or least of all give their life for to save, as Moses did.
The absolute load of burden, the purely undesirable weight Moses/Jesus willingly accepted for God is so much about the heart and love, and not the instinct to save/feed/promote the self. Moses was the opposite of the Israelites, raised as a prince with all the opulence, education and wealth the world had to offer. Moses was royalty and the Israelites worthless trash. There is so much to learn about love here, both on the part of God and about the heart of Moses and why God, in His Kingdom, will again lift Moses up and give Moses the crown of a prince. "The First shall be last and the last first."
He made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
The shepherds are senseless and do not inquire of the LORD; so they do not prosper and all their flock is scattered.
Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.