2 Samuel 13 / Jeremiah 17 / Matthew 28
They keep saying to me, "Where is the word of the LORD? Let it now be fulfilled!"
They say, "The LORD has forsaken the land; the LORD does not see." So I will not look on them with pity or spare them, but I will bring down on their own heads what they have done.
Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, "Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you."
The high priest said to him, "I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God."
It's easier to trust in man because we can see men, especially our own self as man the animal, whom we learned was the only one we could ever truly trust. So we did, and we built high walls around our selves that no one could penetrate because we observed how hostile a world it was out there and we did what we had to do.We learned to serve that animal nature by observing and then satisfying its cravings, urges and impulses, what are all instinctual and inherent in us as part of that animal nature we incorporate into our identity as humans when we pass over from helpless child to independent, mature adult animal. We learn to trust that the way of man is the only way, and we especially learn to trust that the way of self-preservation and protection is definitely the only way for us, because we are the only ones who are going to do that for us. When we're little our parents did that because we couldn't, but when we grew up we learned that we had to or we'd die, so we adopted what was taught to us, what was available to us toward that end.
Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the LORD, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by going after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes.
Then you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your God. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD your God.
The miraculous deliverance of an entire nation was supported by reminders that they or their fathers had witnessed which would help them serve the God who had delivered them from slavery to a land of their own so they could serve Him alone and no other oppressor. The Law was all about being reminded of what their God had done for them so they didn't forget, because it's always in man to forget that and continue in his once fresh appreciation for all that God has done for him since he's driven by the nature that always pulls him back to himself and what he needs, what he must get to satisfy himself and appease his complicated system of fears that totally rules him. The reminders are there along with the warnings, but it's hard to get because the lusts and cravings that yearn within us need to be fulfilled and the fears that plague us need to be appeased. It's something foreign to be able to trust, especially because it's new and not what we're used to, not what we're comfortable with.
The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, "If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost--also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!"
The life of God living in the sons will appear to be just like the manna—plain and unappealing, no frills or excitement like what we used to look forward to. Just simple and plain, and just enough for the day to keep us going until we're delivered to the place where we will be truly satisfied like we never thought of, because it comes from somewhere we don't know about. Sure we've theorized our asses off night and day, which makes us think we know, but we have no idea what lies ahead, though we continue to think we do know to our own detriment because it makes us stop and mistrust where we're going. The problems continue to be in our own head because that's where our limitations lie, and that's the lie we try to put onto the Father, even though He has given us so much to witness with our own hearts about His intentions for us personally.
I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
When the Son said that he was the bread of life and that he could be eaten it was because he had become the bread because the Father lived in him so he turned into something unbelievable. Eating his body means taking in to one's body the same life that devoured him and turned him into what he was—a human who was completely led not by the animal but by the Father. Everything about him was about the Father and fulfilling His purpose, doing His will, going the way He wanted him to go. It's the same kind of thing that he calling himself the way was about—not a theoretical point but the fact that the way he went was the way they had to go. If they wanted to remain animals and continue to live for the animal satisfactions and appeasements, they couldn't go to the Father.
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.
The only way to get to the Father was to go like he went, to become as he was—a human who had chosen to be taken over by the life of the Father so that His life became the life of the host body. "Nobody getting to the Father except through me" sounds for a long time like an abstract theoretical point not to be taken literally, like, "You must eat my body and drink my blood." But again it's the same kind of thing he's saying: "You must take into your own selves what I have taken into my self by choosing the Father and rejecting the animal." Eating his flesh and drinking his blood was figurative for what he had became, not flesh and blood any more by definition, like the others, but what he had become to be defined as, a spirit being like the Father who ate spirit food. The twisty thing that turns back in on itself is that the food he ate was doing the Father's will. That is, not being led by the animal.
"I have food to eat that you know nothing about. My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work."
Being not led by the animal instinctual cravings and fears is the will of the Father for His own sons who He purposely calls out of the world for that purpose alone, to become aware of what he was, to learn to hate it, and to become something new who can be enjoyable to the Father. It's pretty much as simple as that, and it's hard to be satisfied with what the Father gives us for that very reason—it's so simple and unexciting that we naturally want to detest it within our animal selves (being led by it, not the Father's will and purpose for us), because it doesn't give us what we think we need/deserve in order to go after it. It's isn't about satisfying our lusts to feel the way we used to feel, or our wandering eye that wants to take in the lies that abound in the world of the humans, or the craving of needing to feel acceptable because we're smart or pretty or have it all figured out and under control. It's just what it is, unlike what we're used to—simple and plain without the frills we think we need. The simplicity of the living bread isn't even about the excitement we experienced when all the miraculous things were happening that called us out of the world. That was all for our sake, because we needed it in order to believe and stay with this thing we were being called to.
Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength
He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes.
Saying no to those things is hard, not something we are able to volunteer up on our own. That's why the sons have to learn obedience by suffering so that we learn by the process that works on a seamless level in our complex minds, associating wrong choices with painful consequences so that we take it in to our selves and become, at the level of our very nature, a different creature way below how we cognize and think. The more important thing, though, is that we also start associating good things with the way that's good for us, like recognizing the value of the simple and plain, one-dimensional life that the Father wants us to embrace, which is what He wants for us. The life of the Father is not about any of that other stuff we thought we wanted, needed and spent our time getting for ourselves. Not the glitz and glamour of the natural, but the simple and one dimensional, not exciting and fulfilling like we like to think of all those things we yearn for.
But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It's hard to believe that the word of the Lord stands above everything else—what things look like on the outside, what seems possible to the eyes, and how we feel. We have to be conditioned to be able to see and trust that which is foreign and so totally objectionable to us at our core level where we truly believe things. Otherwise what happens is that we try to force ourselves to believe what we think we should because we may recognize that it's the right thing. Then we will theorize and conceptualize all day about this and thus and such, but that will just be a diversion to allow us to think we can just do that instead of deciding on the level that truly defines us. If we talk and talk about how we should be doing this and that, then we can even fool ourselves into thinking that maybe we actually are doing it and that's good enough. Then we can go back under our rock so we're not found out, where we think we can hide (what we learned to appease our many irrational yet overpowering fears by). We can talk and talk about how we need and want to be conformed to the Father's reality, but then we keep our little distractions and smokescreens in our pocket so we don't have to, and there's always an objection, some reason that we don't have to because it's the last thing we want, deep in the place that actually matters (not on the surface where we throw up our smokescreens.
When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.
The word of the Lord is not the written word, but the voice in us who uses the written word to teach us what is alive, not dead and merely conceptual like words in a book that can only speak to our animal mind about what it is willing to accept. The message about the kingdom is about the kingdom of David, which Israel thought would be resurrected by God's Messiah as per the words of Nathan to David:
Go and tell my servant David, "This is what the LORD says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, 'Why have you not built me a house of cedar?' "
Now then, tell my servant David, "This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth. And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies."
"The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever."
The Son was something new and unacceptable to the animal mind. He says that the message about the kingdom is that it is not a natural kingdom about which Nathan is revealing to David, inasmuch as the Son spoken about in the revelation will not be a natural son to any man, but to God who is not natural but pure spirit.
I will be his Father, and he will be my Son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men.
It's an interesting thought and seems illogical and cruel. Jesus doing—or being—wrong is referring to the life of the animal that lived in him, which is naturally opposed to God, which cannot ever please God or come into His presence. Floggings inflicted by men is what happened to him when he decided to do the will and purpose of God rather than his own will and purpose, or that of the humans around him who wanted him to be the son of David, naturally speaking, as that concept played into their hopes and aspirations of getting something for their selves.
Revelation is revealing something that is hidden. The obviousness of the written word is that it contains nothing hidden which needs to be revealed. That's what the animals are bound to though, so they must conform the words to what it is they are able to accept, according to their condition of being bound to the naturally observable. The written word was with us for a long time before the living word came and gave us life, and it revealed to us what was hidden in the written words, which aligns with what is naturally in us an the world around us. Then everything begins to makes sense to us about the life that is hidden versus the existence that is seen, heard, felt and tangible to our earthly senses. The Lord gives us the ability to believe the impossible by allowing us to see and feel the impossible, what nobody else can see, feel or understand.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
The heart is filled with lust for what the animal craves according to its nature, and the need to get and build things up around us so we feel a little insulated from all the things in the world that we outright or subconsciously feel are constantly threatening our safety. We want to feel safe and valuable enough to be accepted, which is a substantial form and instance of how we love and take care of our selves. If we feel we are accepted, then we can love ourselves and feel good about our position in the world, which is the desire of the animal, to survive physically first, then emotionally by feeling we are accepted and acceptable. There are many complicated levels and facets, which is understandable.
I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind,
The human makes his hope and takes his pleasure in tangible things—things he can control and attain to by his efforts. Money and the things money can get him, promotions, ego building and preservation, dreams of human "love," family, food, career, houses, respect, honor among men, etc. The look or nod of approval from a "valuable" person (important, influential, wealthy, beautiful, etc.) and all the hope of acceptance that brings. The dream of a new kitchen, car, girlfriend, position, or baby that looks and acts just like him.
They keep saying to me, "Where is the word of the LORD? Let it now be fulfilled!"
Does nobody wonder why, does anyone mourn that their heart is far from God, always filled with the evil thoughts of human lust and greed, even while they're doing their religious duties? Is anyone perplexed that he cannot, no matter how much he wills it, truly love his neighbor as much as himself? He can make all the obligatory outward attempts to do so. He can be as friendly as peach pie, talking and acting lovingly to his brother. But when the occurrences of selfish man come out in his neighbor—even in the smallest ways—what happens to that love? Like the precarious sham that it is, it comes crashing down in a second.
I have not run away from being your shepherd; you know I have not desired the day of despair. What passes my lips is open before you.
The son learns to love to not do his own will, or the will of the humans around it, but to do his Father's will. That stands in stark contrast to the animal which is programmed to always do its own will all the time. The example is Peter, thinking he was protecting Jesus by trying to talk him out of doing the Father's will. He was fully convinced that he was doing the "right thing" by protecting Jesus from what he thought was wrong, but his assumption stood as a potential roadblock to Jesus' ability to do that hard thing that he knew was the way of the Father, and not the way of the humans.
The new way, what the son has to learn, is to do the will of his Father, and it actually becomes like food for him, what strengthens him in his spirit to continue in the new way. The son begins to actually like then crave the new way in him, as the old cravings hold less and less power in him to make him do its will. Craving the food of hearing the voice of our teacher who teaches us how to be good sons for the Father.
Hear, O my people, and I will warn you—if you would but listen to me, O Israel!