2 Samuel 10 / Jeremiah 14 / Matthew 25
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.
The life of the Father living in the Son perfectly was the substance of the prophets' hope and vision. It is what many prophets and righteous men longed to see but did not see it, and to hear but did not hear it. It is what was promised from ancient times but hadn't arrived, the highest point in God being able to interact with man and He did it in this one human body via the mechanism of the spirit, which is what the life of God is, as far as the humans can identify it by their inferior means of observing what isn't originating in the natural realm.
The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds. Therefore, this is what the LORD says about the prophets who are prophesying in my name: I did not send them, yet they are saying, `No sword or famine will touch this land.' Those same prophets will perish by sword and famine. And the people they are prophesying to will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and sword. There will be no one to bury them or their wives, their sons or their daughters. I will pour out on them the calamity they deserve.
The antithesis of this is the naturally originating and earthly-based (what the humans can understand) instances of those who claim what isn't theirs to claim, who merely read words in a book and because they want to get something for themselves, lay claim to what they can't know about, bringing the spiritual down into the ground where they live and move and where their identity is defined as a temporary creature of the earth, destined to go into it and forever become one with it.
The naturally originating and defining identification of the way God deals with any of the humans is over. It lasted for a long while, when the Father was patiently waiting for the Son to come, so He could live in that one perfectly (since the Son was untouched by the animal) and teach him the way He wanted him to go so He could have the one He loved with Him. It served as a copy for the better thing, which came to the humans when the long anticipated Son came to the Father and became One with Him so that he could continue to do the work that He had started with Abraham the father of this great copy of the family which assisted the first century sons of God in knowing the truth, which is in its actual form (not naturally originating) inaccessible to them who are natural because they come from it.
In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will show wonders in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'
The life of God living in the bodies of some humans, calling them together, away from the humans who weren't under this condition (to become separated from them) was not a thing that the humans could be in charge of. Only the Father could be the initiator and maintainer of this kind of phenomenal outburst of the spirit being poured out on the humans, which is surprisingly just another copy of the even better thing that can't be fathomed by the humans in their natural state. Although it is the purpose of the Father from the beginning, even spelled out in the words that have been preserved to show those who have ears to hear the Teacher what their purpose is, since they have the ears that can hear and the eyes that can see.
The Father and the Son who made the outburst of this prophesied condition in the world of humans possible totally ruled this phenomenon of the new covenant as it existed for the short time it did, just after the Son went to the Father to be with Him as the Son He had been waiting for, which made Him happy and gave Him the partial taste and fulfillment of what He longed for—a family all His own full of sons who chose Him, therefore He is making them into sons to be in His family. It is what was happening in the first century in a pure way, until the temple was destroyed. Then the animals started taking control of the phenomenon whose leader was the spirit (the life of the Father and Son living in the bodies of men), the same way they took control of the great copy, what the Father intended to point at the better thing, which God intended to be ruler of.
When they said, "Give us a king to lead us," this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. And the LORD told him: "Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you."
They, being evil wouldn't have that though, and filled with the animal desire and cravings to be in control and conform what was good for their own sake, rejected God as their king and ruler, over and over again. The humans have always been the same, and have been motivated by the same nature to do and be the same way—only ever interested in pleasing and taking care of themselves, which is why they think they must control everything all the time, like the dominant male of a tribe of mountain apes, the humans are fundamentally motivated by the same nature that rules them, even if it's a little more polished, which ultimately defines them the same way it defines the ape and everything else in nature—destined to live and then die to itself, for only that reason, doing their part by being an integral part of the natural creation, which is where they begin and end.
This is what the LORD says about this people:
"They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the LORD does not accept them; he will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins."
The picture of the animal condition, or, the way God feels toward the animals. The evil, wandering remnant of Israel whose heart has wandered far from her husband is just another copy and instance of the animal nature that rules the humans. The devoted and faithful ones in their midst (prophets and righteous men), because they had eyes to see and ears to hear, are the copy of the sons. The reason they are devoted and faithful is because they have been called and given the choice, and they chose the way of the Father over their own after the example of the one humans who pleased the Father perfectly, the one He had been waiting for so long.
Therefore and only because of their choice, the sons are given the ability to see what the common animals cannot see or hear, which can be the primary catalyst in their being transformed from primarily natural to primarily spiritual, like their Father—what the naturally originating and remaining creatures cannot comprehend because they cannot see what the sons see and hear. They have something special inside them, not because they got it somehow by their own strength or merit, nor because they developed or nurtured it, but because it was given to and put in them; so they have no reason to boast. That is God's life as a seed that was planted in them, His spirit DNA which isn't natural so it cannot be detected by the humans who don't possess it. The spirit sees itself in the other humans it has been planted in, which is how we will know who our brother is.
But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
Later the others also came. "Sir! Sir!" they said. "Open the door for us!" But he replied, "I tell you the truth, I don't know you." Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
Not wandering is being in the Father's house, ready for the bride groom. Their condition of not being ready is why the groom says he does not know them. This is about the sons who are called and chosen, the exhortation that they be ready when the Son is sent back to them. Matthew 24 & 25 don't need a chapter break because the parables are his response, going back to their 3 questions of 24:3. The disciples were asking Jesus when things would happen so they could know and be able to control things, to make certain they would be ready when he came back. He replied by saying that nobody knows the time, not even the angels, and the good servant is the one who is good all the time, not just if he thinks the master is watching or coming back.
This is something new for them and all the humans. What was coming, that they were smack dab in the middle of, wasn't like what they knew because as he kept telling them it wasn't naturally originating, but it came from the Father who is pure spirit and therefore cannot be comprehended (known) by the humans. What was coming wasn't something they could control by manipulation or calculation. It was something they had to wait for and while they were waiting they had to obey the new commands that he had been giving them via their natural faculties, until what was coming to them finally came, in a totally unnatural way, to inhabit their bodies the way the Father was inhabiting his body so they would be able to fulfill the new commands in a more perfect way because they would be able to know more perfectly the things of the Father and be able to fulfill His commands, going back to the beginning but continually avoided by the humans who have a nature in them that loathes the commands of God.
Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another. Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.
Do not defraud your neighbor or rob him.
Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the LORD.
Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.
Do not go about spreading slander among your people.
Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt.
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.
All they had to do was understand what God intended the Law to be, what He wanted from the people who were under the Law (to be and live like brothers who loved each other and took care of each other like brothers—like a family). The family the God created was to transcend the flesh and blood family, which would be a declaration of the greater thing, the pointing at something better.
"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: `Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: `Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
This can be seen as a kind of summing up of everything that God wanted to Law to encompass in its most basic form, the point from which everything else sprang, what defined it and its purpose—to fundamentally fight directly against what was inherent in the human animals who were under the curse which made them not want to love God because they are busy loving themselves, and not take care of their neighbor because they are busy taking care of their brood, and hiding from God's command in that place (where the modern humans still love to hide—the nuclear family is the most important thing—"what about the children?"). However, so that these men couldn't hide there, the Son gave them a new command to observe, which trumped all the others, while they waited for him to came back to them, as he had promised he would, not leaving them as orphans.
A new command 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.
It was direct and to the point, and there wasn't any wiggle room in it. It was the succinct reduction into one little sentence, what the whole Law was about. They had just seen it illustrated in a visible demonstration by the Son when he washed their feet, nothing theoretical about what he had done, which he made clear to them.
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. "You call me `Teacher' and `Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them."
While they waited for the spirit to come (him coming back to them as per their question) they had this command to take care of each other just as they would take care of him because they were true brothers to one another in the Father's eyes, even if that wasn't apparent to them yet. It would, however, be taught to them by the spirit when it came to them, because it would be able to convert them to creatures who knew the Father and His desire for them, deep in the places which made it most true for them. Adhering to this command would ensure that they would be found among the virgins who were ready for the bridegroom to come—his coming back to them in spirit form.
Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.
The next parable, which is how he was answering their questions about his coming back, was about when he did come back to them to give them the good gift of himself in spirit form, what would be entrusted to those who made themselves ready so that they could truly be able to take care of the valuable property of the Father—that is, each other. What is the Father's valuable property if not those whom He has chosen, who have also chosen Him back in response to that call, as their declaration of true love—to be willing to go against what was naturally in them and the others around them, in order to continue to choose the Father even if it meant shame, degradation and death.
The talents which they would be entrusted with would be the lives and welfare of each other, which makes sense because that is the overriding message of the life of the Son, who was giving his own life for them. So why wouldn't they be expected to do the same thing for one another, considering how much they knew they were being given by the Father. It was a debt they owed to the Father and the Son, to care for His valuable property and be responsible with it.
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."
If that weren't enough, He was going to send them gifts, so that they could better be able to do what He desired them to do—not just to go out and make disciples of all nations, not to become filled with power so they could be bold, not to become strong men of God. Those are all things that originate from the natural, which are geared toward enhancing the individual and his own status amongst the humans and how they beheld them (as some kind of superhero).
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
The gift they were about to receive would be a helper that would enable them to be as Jesus was for them. Everything has to come back to him, because he is the firstborn Son, so everything gets defined by what he said, did and was. What most clearly defined his role, according to what the Father wanted him to be and do, was revealing the truth of the Father to these few men, and then becoming poured out as an offering that would be acceptable to save them. And not only them, but all the sons who had ever been loved by the Father (prophets and righteous people from OT era whose stories have been preserved for our benefit), and those who were concurrent with the Son's existence in his human body (what was offered by the Father as the acceptable offering), and all the sons who would ever be chosen and remembered by Him (us).
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. 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.
This is what everything's about according to the Father. All the human aspirations, hopes and dreams come from below, originating from the natural creation. They are all bundled together as worthless compared to what the Father wants—a family of sons who take care of each other, which declares that they belong to Him precisely because they go and act directly against what is naturally in them to define them as animals who can only love and take care of themselves. That is the definition of a son of God, the anti-animal who is led by the spirit and nature of the Father instead of the snake, the devil, the most cunning of all the animals who rules them all perfectly.
His master replied, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!"
The Master's happiness is having His family around Him, the most valuable thing made up of the most valuable creatures who give Him the one thing He cannot manufacture—a creature who says "I choose you because I love you, and I declare it by my actions and my thoughts and desires all the way into the deep parts of my heart. What could be better then to the Father, than knowing that His servants took care of His valuable possessions (each other), for His sake, so He could have what He prized most—the reason this entire creation was made.
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."
The third parable is the capper, when he finally told them about the end of the world, when the declaration of its purpose is exposed to everyone. It is one of the three questions they asked him, but he didn't answer until the end of explaining everything else to them. The final judgment of the world is about how the sons and the world of humans have treated what is the most valuable thing to the Father—His own family of sons who have chosen Him when they were called by Him, and most importantly, the firstborn Son whom the Father called even before the creation of the world, for whom He had patiently waited for so many years, who gave Him what He wanted most—the perfect obedience to His desire and intention, which is the perfect choice he made for the Father and against himself and the animal that wanted to rule him most. Everything is about how the sons are treated, which gets boiled down to how the Son is treated. Because it was the Son in spirit form who was going to be, and was, living in the bodies of these men, then also how they are treated is reflected directly onto how he was treated, which is of the highest concern to the Father because He lives to protect His Son who chose Him perfectly. Therefore He also lives to protect his brothers, in whom the Son lived/lives. The fact of how they were treated is the what the judgment of the world will be based upon, because nothing else matters to the Father except His family of the Son and his brothers whom he came to save, the sons of the living God.
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."