1 Chronicles 27 / Ezekiel 36 / John 1
I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel profaned among the nations where they had gone. Therefore say to the house of Israel, "This is what the Sovereign LORD says: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Sovereign LORD, when I show myself holy through you before their eyes."
Why is God concerned for His name more than the nation of humans calling themselves God's chosen people? First, they didn't act like God's chosen people; they acted like wild animals who followed whatever craving came up inside of them and had no regard for the way He wanted them to be, which was different than all the other animals, separated from them by their devotion to the living God and His law.
Son of man, when the people of Israel were living in their own land, they defiled it by their conduct and their actions. Their conduct was like a woman's monthly uncleanness in my sight.
A woman's monthly uncleanness means that her body is purging that which potentially could have been life, but gets turned into a bloody mass of liquid death as it discharges from her body. It happens in a predictable cycle following the monthly cycles of the temporary creation, each time signifying that death has prevailed, which is what the natural creation is about—so many endless cycles of existence with death at their end, not life. When that cycle is broken and life forms within her, it points to something better, a kind of reminder to God that He will give birth to His own Son, who will give birth to the family that is His purpose for this creation.
Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads.
God said that the reason He was going to restore the house of Israel was not for their sake, but for the sake of His name. In this He declares that they—as a collection of unclean humans merely assuming a role as the chosen people to collect the benefits of that position while not wanting to be faithful to the position—were not His actual namesake, but only represented something much better. That would be the assembly (nation) of His true sons who assumed the position of son in an honest, loyal and faithful manner. That is, not just as privileged sons who want to live their lives as per whatever direction their whims blow them, but as truthful, honest, devoted sons, pure in their heart's intention toward their Father and His cause, responsible and faithful to His house
I am a stranger to my brothers,
an alien to my own mother's sons;
The Father's name is so important, not just for no other reason than a symbolic one, being the name of God; but for the very good reason that it is the name He is giving to His own true family of sons who are born to Him. Not a bunch of haughty privileged animals who want to take but never give; but sons who look like their Father and are truly concerned about His concerns, who desire to tend to His desires, who are anxious about His dilemma.
Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'
The true sons of God are not those who go around talking about these things while in the true places of their heart they are concerned about their own concerns and totally consumed by their own dilemma of needing to survive longer, better, and with the best name that they can possible buy for themselves, with the care they give to the cause of promoting the honor of their own name and those who will inherit it.
So I poured out my wrath on them because they had shed blood in the land and because they had defiled it with their idols. I dispersed them among the nations, and they were scattered through the countries; I judged them according to their conduct and their actions. And wherever they went among the nations they profaned my holy name, for it was said of them, 'These are the LORD's people, and yet they had to leave his land.'
This recurring promise of a reversal of the devastation inflicted on Israel by the One who caused it is for the true Israel of God and those who are its members who will inherit the name of God, because He is their true Father.
I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
They are the tiny sliver of the population of human animals who saw that He was hidden, and caught a glimpse of the hope of somehow being able to find Him. So they set their heart toward that enduring task of finding their hidden Father, who hides on purpose to see who will search for Him.
You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God. I will save you from all your uncleanness.
It is they who will receive the reward of His inheritance, which is His spiritual DNA in them and His name on their foreheads. They will belong in His house with the rest of His own sons. That means they will be bound to another reality and creation besides the one which cyclically and perpetually dies—the observable, temporary creation of the sum of all its overlapping cycles of death.
Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.
The spirit of the only living God living in them is the most precise definition of why Jesus the Son of God was and is so important. His work was to make it possible for the sons to be able to inherit that same thing for (inside of) themselves—what God promised to Abraham so long before that but couldn't deliver it to him because Abraham was unclean (the animal lived in him). Only the Son could do that for the Father, and only the Father's life, living in the Son, could allow the Son to be able to know what was real according to the Father (not the humans).
I will call for the grain and make it plentiful and will not bring famine upon you. I will increase the fruit of the trees and the crops of the field, so that you will no longer suffer disgrace among the nations because of famine. Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices. I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign LORD. Be ashamed and disgraced for your conduct, O house of Israel!
The land represents the relationship between the Father and His own sons, the object of His purpose and will. That is the place of peace and safety, without the chaos of the unclean animal nature getting between them (represented by the foreign nations of idol worshipping human animals who can't ever know the Father).
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. They will say, "This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited." Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the LORD have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.
That land becoming like the garden is a reversal of the curse, and declares that God's original intention in the garden will ultimately not be forever thwarted, because He will realize that intention by having His family with Him where He is.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
The irony of using the opening verse of John to claim that the Son was a god means that what he did for the Father, which nullified the first human's choice against God as his Father and gave the Father what He intended to have, wasn't a real choice he made at all (if he were a god it wouldn't have been an issue for him to choose the right way).
The word of God is His intention, that which He desires to be, and His ultimate intention is to have His family. His word being synonymous with His intention can be seen in the very beginning, when He said by His word, "Let there be such and such (whatever He intended there to be), and it was so." After He created what was, by the word of His mouth which was what He intended there to be, He declared the reason for creating everything as per His intention that they exist. That reason is contained within the events that followed the "Let there be" narrative, when God said in so many words, "Let there be a creature who will be a son to me, who will love me as I will love him." But the only way for that to be a genuine love was to create an alternative, so that he could show his love and appreciation for the Father who had created him.
The failure of that creature, whom the Father intended (wanted) to be His own son, led to everything we now see, and that creature's offspring looking not like the Father but like the created alternative, the animal whom the creature loved and chose instead of the Father. But the Father's intention to have His family with Him where He is continued to exist as per the word of His enduring intention to have that family. That word existed in the form of the Son who would also have the choice as the first human had. However, this Son would choose the Father instead of the alluring alternative which tempted him and tested him to see if he was loyal and faithful to the Father and His cause instead of his own. The word John begins speaking of right away was that intention and desire of the Father from the beginning—a loyal and faithful Son who didn't act like the original human, and by his choice he saved those whom the Father loved from forever being bound to the curse that was put onto the first humans.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.