October 19th.

2 Chronicles 10-11 / Ezekiel 45 / John 12

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Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet:

"Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"

The arm of the Lord had been revealed to Isaiah, in whose ear God spoke about the brother who would come to save him and all of his brothers who were ever drawn to listen to the voice of the Father, but who were also unfortunately separated from being with Him because they were unclean animals who couldn't come near Him, and they lived their lives having to trust that the Son would come and carry out the work appointed to him, just as they carried out their work, then they rested and remained in the ground as they waited.

I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.

The arm of the Lord is revealed to whom the Lord has chosen and called to have that gentle and secure arm of the Father—along with His intention to make them His sons—revealed to them in their mortal bodies, to give them a hope they didn't know before He and His intention for them was revealed specifically to them. The Father calls His own sons and speaks to them individually, personally as per who they actually are with all their human fears and misgivings. He leads them into the places where He wants them to be, by constantly reassuring them that His word is true and that He is faithful and true to carry out all He has promised—all He is revealing to them individually, personally and collectively.

The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

Hating the life has a certain meaning that the word hate doesn't normally take on as a definition. It is the opposite of love, which is taking care of, nurturing and guarding something as though it means so much and is so valuable. Hate is the opposite of that, more of a disregard for this life, which runs totally contrary to the animal that rules us. As humans, we are naturally engaged in taking care of, nurturing and guarding our lives without even thinking about it, as though there wasn't any other choice but to do that. The only way to not be doing that is if you know how invaluable this physical life actually is, as a thing to want to hang onto so as to deny the Father and the Son, who want and expect the sons what are called to abandon their intense love for their lives, which is naturally programmed into them, so that they can become able to start taking care of, nurturing and guarding something else—the life of the Father which is the word that is planted in them, and that word and intention in the others who have been called.

Hate (disregard) for what one naturally loves is something learned over time, because at first there is nothing but love for the life he lives in this world (his own natural existence), because it's all he had, it's where he came from and knows nothing else. His word and promise is what overcomes the fear in them over time, so they learn to trust Him and follow the Son the way that he went to the Father. They are not allowed to decide how they will go to the Father, what path they will take or what life they will live. The covenant that is made between the true Father and His own sons is specific to themselves and how they become conformed to the way of the Son who clearly told them that he was the standard; the way that he went to the Father was the way they had to go because he is the firstborn Son and they are born after him.

You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going. Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light.

The light was not Jesus himself, but the life that was in him, to make him what he was. It was the life of the Father living in him, which caused a body which would have otherwise been in darkness to be filled with the light of the knowledge of what was true and right, hidden from the humans, reserved for the chosen sons of God. Only the Son knows the way to the Father, and all the false leaders who claim to have something they can't have, walk in the darkness and lead those who trust them nowhere, because they can't see the way. They can only believe what they can derive some agreement from, what they're willing to accept. They believe that they can decide how they're going to go to the Father.

For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:

"He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes,
nor understand with their hearts, nor turn—and I would heal them."

The arm of the Lord is not a generic revelation, nor one which tells a lie about the Lord that the humans control, which is the arm of the human that is powerless. The humans who are arrogant enough to claim they see when they cannot see, who grab control of other humans who submit to their authority in exchange for a promise they cannot keep because they claim what's not theirs and are too stubborn to admit there's nothing there but an empty hope they've decided to own and think they can dole out to whomever wants to support them in all the ways they crave to be supported.

But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.  The king answered them harshly. Rejecting the advice of the elders, he followed the advice of the young men and said, "My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions." So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from God, to fulfill the word the LORD had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite.

This was from God to punish them for their disobedience, which was the surface explanation. The real reason, which remained hidden beneath everything that was exposed (what seemed to be true) was to show the misguidedness of the interpretation of David about the words spoken to him through Nathan (and Solomon's assumption that it was him) about the identity of the Son whom God would love. It wasn't Solomon or any of the other mere humans; he would be the One who would be pleasing to God because he wasn't an animal, but he wouldn't come for another thousand years. He wouldn't be a mere man like David and Solomon and the rest of his natural descendants. The natural sons of David were men, tending toward the evil as all humans are—not inherently good according to God, but inherently evil, cursed with the nature of His enemy for His good purpose.

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 who was spoken of by God to David would be inherently good, because the seed of life would be in him instead of the seed of death. That life of God inside him would keep him from being exposed to and contaminated by that curse that's on all the rest of the humans, so that he could be the One who could save the Israel of God, His true house of the family of sons He intends to remember to redeem from the grave.

The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

Certainly not in any human way. According to the humans, as far as they could tell, he merely died an ignoble, common, shameful death, and what they thought he might be able to be for them just fizzled out like a dud. What he did was secret and hidden from the humans, who just a few years later took what he had done and turned it into something they could understand with their natural minds, control, and use for their own benefit.

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

That is, many like him, who were able to know the Father because He was revealed to them and would soon live in their hearts, as He did in the Son's.

Then Jesus cried out, "When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say."

The life of God living in men's bodies was what the prophets and righteous men from the OT time looked forward to, what they longed for and wanted to become a part of. Because of the great shepherd's work, they became a part of that overwhelming, yet for the most part hidden, purpose of God from the beginning—to have a home and a family.

Jesus said, "This voice was for your benefit, not mine."

The human animal needs to "see" things with his natural eyes in order to believe them; he needs to understand situations with his natural mind before he can accept them. Otherwise, because his ego is so strong (one of the 3 fundamental components of the animal nature), he will reject God because he doesn't want to get bamboozled; he wants to know and be in control, to be the one in charge of himself. This is about individual men, and what makes them independent individuals—the animal nature, the indwelling instincts that rule them, which keep drawing them back toward the survival reflexes. It has a stranglehold on men, because it is them; it's what makes them human.

Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all (the sons) to myself.

It is the thing that defines a human because of the curse put on them long ago, the nature of the serpent to which the first humans were bound in Gen. 3. Jesus was the only human who wasn't bound up with it; so being pure, unpolluted by its power to lead him, he became it so he could kill it when it was killing him, a twisty kind of brilliantly humble, ironic justice on God's part. It was why Jesus "came into" the world, so that the power which kept all of His sons in the ground could be condemned by God, nailed to the cross so that that power, otherwise inescapable for the humans, could be overcome in certain individuals; so that the curse He "put on" to the humans could be lifted for the ones whom God loved.

Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 

The NIV takes the biased liberty of inserting "men" into the phrase "when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] to myself." It isn't all men Jesus came to save, but the family of God, the sons He has been choosing, to open up their eyes so that they will be able to see and believe what the others could not, as per John and Isaiah, both prompted by the word that lived inside them to say and write it:

Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet:

"Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"

For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:

"He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn—and I would heal them."

Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus' glory and spoke about him.

The humans want to see so many big, seemingly observable miracles like they read about in the NT accounts of the first century believers. The outward miracles were already done a long time ago, though, to establish the church in the face of much suffering—for the Lord's purpose, not man's. They existed because the condition of God living in men's bodies actually was true, before it went away. The truth about Messiah has already been established, and the record of the believers who were taken by the spirit for the Father's purpose, to celebrate the obedience of the Lamb, has been preserved for us to read and understand. However, the demise of that condition in the earth is also preserved to read, as part of the record (Daniel's abomination that caused its desolation).

The son of God doesn't have to go around doing miracles in order to be validated by the humans because that isn't the intention of the Father, however that's what the humans will expect of him in order to be able to "believe" that what he says about himself is true. It's not God's intention that His sons be validated by or amongst the humans, but to come out from them and become separated from them. Only He can validate the life He is putting into them. The humans at large (their generic population) can only reinforce the way of the humans in him, because of the human nature that still lives inside the son, which is what the Father will want him to reject, not continue to accept.

The ultimate expression of that is found in Jesus, who didn't come to save the whole world, but the few humans who were specifically chosen by God to become His sons, those who were given to Jesus to reveal this to, the identity of their true Father, and their own identity. Jesus came to save the whole world of God's family of sons, those He wants to be with Him where He is, not in this world but in His secret world.

I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me--so that they may be one as we are one.

The teaching was only the beginning, only to give them a foundation upon the real work would be done in them. That was the work of the Lord and Father, working as One, who lived in the bodies of the sons in the first century, to transform them from what they were—orphans, unclean animals who couldn't ever be brought near to their Father—into what God intended them to be. Only then can one even begin to know and love his Father with all his mind, strength, heart, body and soul. As Jesus says in his prayer, the only way that the sons of God can be one, is if the condition which existed in Jesus (the Father living in him), also existed in them—which happened after Jesus went to the Father and fully, spiritually became One with Him.

As an animal, one can't ever get close to the Father, so can never know Him. And you have to fully know someone before you can love them, or else it will be as it is for those who do claim to know and love God, but which is obviously only conceptual sentiment because they don't know Him, so how can they love Him?

Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'

His own sons would be the priests who could come near to Him and minister to Him because they were consecrated and clean, and maybe more importantly because they remained clean by coming out from the unclean, by separating themselves from that which could pollute them, and encouraging and exhorting their brothers to do the same. That is loving your neighbor (your true brother) as yourself.

It will be the sacred portion of the land for the priests, who minister in the sanctuary and who draw near to minister before the LORD.

That's why the communities of humans who claim to know the way to God, but who don't have the word living in them, are the wrong place for the sons to continue to be a part of, because in reality they're no more able to comprehend the Father than any human, religious or not. Because they've studied the preserved words and developed institutions based on and aligning with entirely human ways of interpreting and understanding the words, means nothing. In other words, a collective convention of pastors and church ministers doesn't know the way to the Father any better than a convention of bankers or gamblers. They may know the ins and outs of their institution, which may impress and deceive many, but only the Son knows the way to the Father, and he isn't the jesus made up by men.

The way to the Father isn't a human thing, or way that can be understood by what's naturally living in the humans, individually or collectively. It's secret and hidden, and only revealed to those who have been chosen to have eyes to see, and ears to hear, and a spiritually enlightened mind that will be able to understand what the living word is telling them, only because it's God's purpose for that to happen.

The son will know that the life living in him is true, is growing, and he is beyond having to prove it to anyone. He has already been accepted by God and judged by the Lord, and the judgment has been delivered in the existence of that life's existence in him. Nothing else matters from that point onward, except that he listen to the very un human words that the word is speaking in his heart, because that's where the personal covenant between him and the Father/Lord is being made.

The man who does these things will live by them.

It is the deposit and guarantee for him of what is to come, and the new law and covenant whereby he must live by in order to live. it doesn't stop growing but continues its work—changing him from dead to living, from flesh to spirit, darkness to light, evil to righteous, animal to son.

This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time," declares the LORD. "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the LORD.

Because God could actually live in the first century son's heart—a member of the true house of Israel, the better thing at which the natural nation of Israel only ever pointed—He was able to teach the son very effectively, bypassing all the human garbage and distractions. It could happen on a much deeper and truer level that could undermine even the great animal nature, otherwise impossible to defeat. God wanted to defeat it in His sons so that they could actually become sons, instead of remaining what all the humans are bound to remain—unclean animals, dirty orphan children of the serpent, unfit to be called sons of God.

Then Jesus said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

The miracles weren't done for everyone's benefit, but for the few who actually had the capacity to believe them—those who had specifically been given ears to hear. After he said this, the test goes on to say that he explained what the parable meant in private, to the disciples. The miracles that Jesus did were outward so people could see them, but even though some saw they still chose to not believe because it didn't jive with their natural senses, what they could accept, the way they already believed and wanted their world to be (with them in control of their circumstances).

Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him.

The opposite is what the life of the Lord/Father did when it found a dwelling in a son's heart—it took over the man and started to control him, where before the man was in control of his self and life, driven by those natural instincts, what we're calling the wild animal nature, what Paul called the sinful nature.

The component of the life of Jesus, when he was united and made one with the Father, started changing everything so that a son like Paul began to have new thoughts, new desires, new aspirations, new dreams and ultimately the new, consuming goal of knowing the Father's love as Jesus knew it. That eventually became the only thing Paul wanted, while everything else—all the things he thought were so valuable before—become like garbage to him compared to knowing that love and understanding that life which was growing inside him. This is the miracle, the gift, that is greater than all the others—the seed of love, which is the Father's intention to make him a son, planted into the human like Paul.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

It's not outward, though, as everyone expects, but inward. The outward miracles, what the humans want to see and experience for their ego's sake, is unnecessary when the son believes. The man knows it, and the others who also have that same life living in them know it, because the life is alive—spiritually, not naturally—and it recognizes itself in the others. He starts understanding things about God in a truer light, and the words he read before all of a sudden make sense on a level deep within him, because the living word is teaching him now, and he's not merely at the mercy of his animal mind—now he has a choice. That is the seed germinating and sprouting.

The living word is the teacher who secretly (concerning the humans around him) speaks to the son's deepest parts, deeper than human reason and cognition, on levels in the man to which only the Lord has access—even below that man's own thoughts and ability to understand natural things. He will understand its value so he nurtures it and pays attention to it so that it grows, even, especially if it means suffering a little or in Paul's case a lot—in his physical body. The gift of life costs, and God is just, so the man has to pay for it, and he pays by suffering in his body, so that he can learn that the natural body, along with what it loves and runs after, means nothing.

To the animals that's only able to be done theoretically, because they assume they can see, even though they are blind. Because it's worth so much, it's justice for God to make a human pay for this incredible gift, and it's also kind of a weeding out process, to see who is worthy to receive that most precious thing—the love that comes from God. It's also a way for the brothers to take care of each other, the true family of their Father. That can't happen with the humans, whose "love" for each other is totally theoretical, not any more genuine than any common animal feels about another. The animals can only ever love themselves, which is another reason the sons have to come away from them, because being around them can only reinforce what's bad, where they're coming from, not going to. So in a way it is a free gift, because of the Lord's work, i.e. we could never pay the way he paid. But it's not free or easy in any human sense—what the christians have made it into, making God's gift cheap and easy—it does cost everything.

The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

If we don't want to pay the price it may just go away, as in the first 3 instances of the Lord's parable. He sets forth all the obstacles that will try to overturn and kill that word, that seed planted in the man's heart. The evil one snatching away what was sown in his heart, trouble and persecution causing him to fall away, and the worries of life and the deceitfulness of wealth choking it and making it barren.

Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 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 one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.

The obvious last instance, which the son should aspire to attain to, is a fight and a struggle to nurture that word which was planted in him so that he doesn't fall away, and it doesn't get choked or snatched away. That happens when we trust what we naturally don't want to trust, because that's what the Father loves. The cards are naturally stacked against us because the animal already lives there. But the teacher is given to us to allow us to start learning to trust the unseen Father. Paul likens it to the life of a soldier with military imagery, and the life of a marathon runner, running a continual race. Both a single purpose and goal in mind. They both know that strictness and discipline to their life is required or they will not attain to their objective. They cannot enjoy the things that all the other men are enjoying or they will be ineffective, or dead.

No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs--he wants to please his commanding officer.

However, these words of Paul were not written to the whole world, as the christians propose. They were written to a fellow son of God in the first century, one whom Paul (or whoever actually wrote it) knew had been chosen to receive the gift. Because the christians assume what isn't true, they have all kind of idealistic and theoretical ways of trying to make the words apply to them. Their affectations even may deceive some who are taken in by their acting, as they take on the persona of a "soldier of God," as per Paul's words to Timothy, in the first century, not them.

This is for the purpose of trying to dispel the notion of what the christians propose, that the life of God is a free gift in that it is cheap, and that anyone can have it—that it doesn't cost anything to the man who would receive it. That life is so marvelous that it is hard to deny it over anything in the natural but at the same time it's impossibly difficult to embrace it because of the power of the animal—which is why it is only by the stream of continuing miracles that one is able to embrace the way of the Son, who embraced the way of the Father. The Lord provides encouragement and help, but we also have to choose his way over the way of the world, the flesh, the animal—what is naturally in us, which is why the transformation is such a miracle. When we choose, he provides the escape, the encouragement, more teaching and private miracles that show us it is real and worth whatever the outward cost is.

The Lord's plan doesn't need anyone's approval, acceptance or validation. He desires to take for his own purpose, ultimately for the Father's satisfaction and enjoyment, as a possession for His sake, a people and family who love Him above everything else, even their own lives. He is finishing the temple that he started building a long time ago, forming with his hands the last of the spiritual bricks which must be in place before he comes back.

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him-- you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

That temple will be alive, each brick crying out the praises and glory of God their true Father, giving Him the honor, glory and respect that He has always desired and deserved. In total it will be the home where God will live with His family in peace, without the chaos and death of the flesh as an obstacle to knowing His sons and His sons knowing Him.

Today the Lord is secretly drawing the true but hidden Israel out of Babylon to return to the New Jerusalem, where Messiah will reign in righteousness as the king of the true Israel, Abraham's actual descendants. These are the sons who hear the voice of their Father speaking to them, and obey that voice over all other things, ramifications, and natural desires—even if it "seems" wrong.

Abraham was actually willing to kill the promised, delivered gift, because he heard God telling him to do it; and Jesus was willing to offer up the precious life of himself, the promised and long-awaited Messiah, also because the word taught him the way, against what was naturally in him to want to do and be. Likewise, the true sons of Abraham and the true brothers of Jesus are those who hear God's voice and obey despite everything else. God's way won't make sense to the son's intellect and reason. In fact it cannot, because it is so above man's ability to comprehend that it will not make any sense to his natural faculties. It does, however, make perfect sense on the level that matters the most—in his own spirit and heart where he can truly discern death from life. However, being able to comprehend things on that level takes a long time of re-programming by the new teacher.

This word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God:  "Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah and to all the Israelites in Judah and Benjamin, `This is what the LORD says: Do not go up to fight against your brothers. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.' " So they obeyed the words of the LORD and turned back from marching against Jeroboam.

 

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