July 26th.

2 Samuel 12 / Jeremiah 16 / Matthew 27

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David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, "As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity."

Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man!

Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.' "

 

O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress,
to you the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say,
"Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good."

Do men make their own gods? Yes, but they are not gods!

Therefore I will teach them—this time I will teach them my power and might.
Then they will know that my name is the LORD.

How does one, or a community, make their own god, and what does it look like? Isn't it formed and conformed to what the person or group needs, so that it benefits their cause—so that it is always "On their side?" The community may have been a David at one time, a tiny group to whom God revealed the truth, matched up against the Goliaths of the day. Then the group became self-sufficient and their attitude turned to smugness with regard to their possession of the truth, that it was what saved it instead of what does. They began to worship their man-made rules instead of the God who gave them that truth because that's the easier way, more tangible to the natural man. They conformed the truth to suit them and their needs, not the other way around. They sought to exercise their own earthly power, doing the same things that the Goliaths before them did so they could control whomever became part of their institution which conformed each other to it instead of pointing them to the Father.As long as they can control it, then things are good. When they lose control, then they have to take the control back by means of whatever they have available to them. That's how the animal nature feels it is surviving in many different ways.

Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.

The sons have to be on their guard because the animal is so deceptive and tricky that it can't even be noticed. With the humans it's all about control over everything because there is an intense craving to be in control, to be noticed, to conform others to your own will because there is a fulfillment of that craving in doing that. Tangible fulfillments are what the animal craves, so the life of the son is what it hates because the son can't pursue and get, buy and retain to possess for himself. He must wait and receive whatever the Father wants to give him, and whenever He decides to give it. It is the Father who sets up and He who also tears down, all according to His wishes, as it conforms to His purpose.

This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: "I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master's house to you, and your master's wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more."

Self-rightness creates the right in men's minds to do whatever they think is good while they forget about who their master is and who the servant is. David let this same thing happen as his heart sagged with complacency toward God. He forgot about his deliverer who had saved him from Saul and had given him everything he had. Instead he lifted himself up on the lie of his own self-rightness apart from God and presumed He wouldn't see what David did. Instead of remaining the humble man whom God had chosen many years before, he now considered himself above His Law that he loved so much. The truth and freedom God gave to him he now despised for his own gain and protection at the expense of his humble obedience to God and the Law that gave him life.

Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.

This animal tendency is a warning from the Father—the reason we have these stories to read and understand. David made up a god who would serve him, who would not repay the evil that he did, which was his position amongst the humans, which for a little while he assumed to be able to control because he made that god up to serve himself. Gods that humans make up come in all kind of different forms and substances, and David figured that this new god would just glance past his evil and look upon him fondly, perhaps because Uriah was a Canaanite so he figured God wouldn't mind, or since he was king he could just do whatever it was he wanted. David was the god of himself, who would act in his favor no matter what he did, and change for the purpose of justification. The humility that once made God love him was now haughtiness and arrogance.

But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.

Above his head they placed the written charge against him:
THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Humility is an impossible thing to maintain if we're led by the animal nature, because that is the god who always acts to serve us no matter what we do, as long as we serve it by maintaining the lie it wants us to believe. David had an animal craving to get what his eyes saw and told him he needed to be satisfied, which came from the depths of what man is at his core—an animal driven by instincts, cravings, urges and impulses—to live in and for the animal and all its lusts and cravings that it can get and retain for itself; not one which wants to believe, trust and be faithful to a God we cannot see.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

The old man, which is the old nature of the animal and not the new nature of the son always sets itself up against God. It is never humble, only always self-promoting and an incessant liar from the beginning. It has to be because its only purpose is to survive so it must act in its own interest all the time. It must manipulate and promote itself over others and at their expense or it wouldn't be effective. This makes sense to what lives in the humans, as the identification of sin and what God the Father considers evil because it makes the humans act, driven by instinct that transcends thinking and logic, opposite to the way He expects/demands/commands His own sons to act and be. Even to the deepest parts of their heart they must be transformed into beings who are pure and honest even there, where no other humans can ever see—even the other sons. But the basis of all this isn't merely the son obeying a set of rules or becoming what he thinks he needs to become. It is because of a living relationship he has been called to participate in, which transcends the natural world of the humans and the humans themselves. The son is in a real relationship with a being who sees past all the external things, into those deep parts of his heart, to see what lives there—not what lives on the surface where he can play his little games of hiding and rationalizing to get what he thinks he needs to get, for his own good, which is going against the Father because it's obeying and allowing the Father's adversary—the nature of the cursed animal—to rule him.

The animal is powerful and it wants to be able to do what it wants to be able to gratify its cravings and appease its fears. Not doing what it wants can even be a trap for the son, who can allow that defiance to it to become something that feeds it, by allowing himself to feel like he is mastering it, or conquering it and then that takes the place of the craving it wanted to be fulfilled by turning into what can satisfy another, perhaps more powerful craving in the humans—the egotistical craving to be good, better, best; to be smarter and more able to do the right thing, to be noticed and beheld as someone important, all which are merely forms of self-worship, to be like gods

"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

What is important is knowing why we don't violate the personal covenant we have with the Father, what has already been established in the son because it has been revealed in him to teach him that which is right and to learn to go that way instead of the way of the animal.

When you tell these people all this and they ask you, "Why has the LORD decreed such a great disaster against us? What wrong have we done? What sin have we committed against the LORD our God?" then say to them, "It is because your fathers forsook me," declares the LORD, "and followed other gods and served and worshiped them. They forsook me and did not keep my law. But you have behaved more wickedly than your fathers. See how each of you is following the stubbornness of his evil heart instead of obeying me. So I will throw you out of this land into a land neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you will serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favor."

The true call to become a son of God may come, then if the person stops actually listening and makes God into whatever they want Him to be for themselves, He does not become that for them. The sons of God are not allowed to do that because they thoroughly learn obedience through the things that they suffer so they learn. Forgetting that there is any kind of absolute order or authority in God's culture, they can't despise the word that was in them and instead change what has already been said for their benefit. God may have told the person many things about how things actually are in the spiritual reality, but if the person neglects the word which before spoke so clearly, if they fashion their own god that serves them which makes them feel good about their relationship with it, and as they measure themselves there is a constant validation because it's a made up god to suit themselves—then they are given over to it. Woe to that person who wouldn't learn by listening to the Teacher who lives inside him to teach him how to become dead to himself so he can find the Father.

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

We have to be constantly on our guard against the schemes of the devil because they don't just go away as we might assume. This is what began to happen, as predicted by the Lord, shortly after the destruction of Jerusalem in a.d. 70. It's what can happen to the truth in a son or a group of sons when they get lazy and careless about the new life that is put into them, when they take it for granted and don't protect it; when they use it for their own benefit which is the animal's MO, instead of for what can serve the Father of the family of the son's true brothers, to whom they are servants. To save our brothers instead of our selves is our call, if the word (intention) has been planted in us.

Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.

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