Esther 9-10 / Jonah 1 / Hebrews 6-7
The LORD provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights.
We're always looking for an explanation of what's going on in our natural, physical world, because we're physical animals who only know to trust that reality. However, we did not initiate this other reality, or do anything within ourselves to bring it into ourselves, nor even choose to make it the central part of our lives. In the same regard we cannot do anything to control what's happening by the power of our own will or hand because that's exactly the safeguard built into the system the Father initiates in His own sons, so they can't be utterly sinful in their animal ignorance about what they think is okay versus hideous—until they know the difference that is. Then they are expected to be able to live within the confines of the oath they make to the Father, according to the covenant they are in, which is a living thing that grows just as they are growing in a knowledge of the Father and His purpose (specifically for them to make them into sons; and generally to have a family of His own sons who all of them know Him because He reveals His reality to them on an individual basis).
Like with the disciples, it just happened one day, and hasn't stopped since. It is growing like a seed/plant/tree, as the Lord promised. We cannot find agreement anywhere about it in the natural reality of the humans around us, or even our own natural reality, although we keep trying because that's our natural response to keep trying. Like a nervous tick we have the craving, the need to be validated by someone, somewhere—anything that provides validation like we're used to having. But it doesn't come because the Father and the Son don't live by our rules and demands, nor do they conform to our needs about the way things must be. Nor do they conform to the way those who have some natural control and power need things to be, as they never did.
Peter asked, "Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?"
The Lord answered, "Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose the servant says to himself, `My master is taking a long time in coming,' and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers."
"That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."
Everyone naturally wants to be the privileged son who doesn't have to obey the rules because everyone thinks they are naturally good, which is a major component of the animal and why it makes the humans unclean, evil wicked, bad, etc. It's also a major irony that God Himself set up in dealing (actually not having to deal is more to the point) with the humans. It's one of the major obstacles to the son as he is growing into the nature of the transformed human, because of course he is stuck with that nature of assuming he's inherently good, and he transfers that opinion of himself onto God and everyone else also, which is how the nature works.
It's so effective because it's so unlikely, since the most basic and undeniable thought in the mind and heart of every animal is that it is so darn good, and it's so universally pervasive amongst the humans that it's also universally accepted between them, even though it is the source of all problems between them. Everyone who has taken the wild animal mantle into themselves (past puberty into maturity), from grandmother to homeless bum to wealthy person, thinks the same thoughts about themselves—that they are inherently good and their lives are inherently valuable. To protect that position they build up walls of defense to hide behind which are very multi-faceted and complex. Whenever one of them feels threatened the walls go up which is where they hide and from where they shoot their arrows to defend themselves if necessary.
Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, "Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you."
He answered, "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here. The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom, and now one greater than Solomon is here."
Who was there, greater than Jonah and Solomon—Jesus himself? Yes, but only because the Father inhabited his body, which was the true and final temple where He chose to live, as close to the Son as He possibly could be, considering the vast difference them—the Father was pure spirit while the Son was a natural human animal. The *only* reason he was different was because the life of the Father was living in his body. Why God chose him is another matter altogether, one we probably shouldn't even try to ponder. The life of the Father gave the Son a totally different identity than that of a natural animal like every one of the rest of the humans, so he was doing something and going somewhere they weren't aware about nor could they be (because the life of the Father, whose habitation in Jesus' body made him the firstborn Son, was only in him).
"What do you think, Simon?" he asked. "From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own sons or from others?" "From others," Peter answered.
"Then the sons are exempt," Jesus said to him.
He didn't want or need their approval because his life wasn't about the natural reality or any of the rules one had to live by to exist here. He didn't need to exist here or be validated by the humans because his life and purpose was all about another reality, not this one but the Father's. His will and purpose trumps all will and intention of the humans, so in that sense the sons are privileged to suffer at the hands of any of the humans who decide they want to enforce their will upon them to the extent the Father allows, after the model of the firstborn Son. The reality of the natural creation and those who rule it (the humans) is irrelevant, because it's always turning over on itself—a continually temporary reality. Like a plowed field being made ready for the new season; everything that exists here, what seems so important to the humans, is of little value because everything here is disposable. Every natural thing dies and is replaced by another natural thing or things.
Why was there still need for another priest to come—one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron?
For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law. He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. For it is declared:
"You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him:
"The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: `You are a priest forever.' "
Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
This argument isn't just about the law and the Jews; it is about the natural creation and reality. The law and the Jews are irrelevant today, which is why the religious institutions are weak and bogus with all their religious doctrine, and their attempts to make the experience of people who lived 1900 years ago fit into their experience, like it should be the same on the assumption that God is a machine like being who never changes. They assume that because they think that they are inherently so good and valuable to God (the transference of their opinion of themselves onto whatever god they make up), therefore He would never change because He must be so fair, since they are all so valuable to Him.
What's valuable to God is the same thing that's valuable to humans who choose to have a family of children who look and act like them because there is a piece of themselves in their own family members. It isn't about religious concepts, it is about life as we can experience it. The way the humans are isn't an accident, and the truth isn't found amongst a group of humans gathered in a religious building, or experts who have studied the Bible like it was any other academic subject, thinking they can fit what isn't natural into their natural explanation of things. So they do that to a certain point then throw up their hands and say that's all they can know, so just have faith that it's the way we said it is, knowing not what faith even is.
We have a high priest who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.
There is no natural explanation for Jesus and what he did, nor who he was because the life of the Father isn't explainable or comprehensible to the humans at large (why they don't know what the spirit is or was when it inhabited human lives in the first century). There is no way to comprehend the idea that Jesus was without sin with a natural mind, because the nature of sin is not understood. Natural beings do not consider themselves, the natural creation, or their fundamental lives at all sinful, but that is the only way to understand Jesus' condition of being sinless—that he wasn't like the other humans. Not because he was a god, but because God lived in him, which is the bridge between God and the humans who are chosen to become sons. He pulled God's sons out of the natural world and into the spiritual world by the might of the power that was living in him, which he later was made one with—nothing natural about it. When the humans made Jesus into a god, then everything that was real about him went away.
It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the holy spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.
The natural creatures made the truth about him into something naturally comprehensible, something they could control and have power over, something that could serve them as they acted the way any normal animal always acts—toward its own self interests, for its self. The humans made their own gods and called them the father, son and the spirit. They even made the devil into a god, as a being with a purpose and will apart from what God Himself put into place to accomplish His purpose with the humans.
Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit.
But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.
Apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
What is our life that we should desire to hang onto it so tightly? Ask the rich young ruler who died with his wealth, without the hope of being remembered by the Father, so he could be raised by the intention of the Father's love, to be a sharer in the spiritual calling and so become a spiritual being who can be loved by God and to love God in return. We assume this because we don't have any particulars about him except the conversation he had with the Lord. Perhaps he was one who was able later to actually see with eyes from above and be healed of the animal greed because of the fear of letting go of what makes us feel safe and secure—our consummate hope. What we know is that he went away sad, because the more one possesses the things that the animal considers valuable, the harder it will be for him to see what is valuable to God, and therefore be able to be transformed into a spiritual being who can enter His spiritual kingdom.
I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born from above, of water and the spirit.
Because God is pure spirit—not in any way natural—He cannot come near what isn't like Him. So there cannot be a knowing between the two, and hence no love is possible between God and the humans at large in their native condition, cursed with the wild animal nature. It's the same as a man not being able to love a spider or a blade of grass. Since it is nothing like him, there is no bond that can be made between the man and the thing, therefore it is not possible for there to be love between them. Although he can love his own son because it looks like him, acts like him, shares his prejudices and loves, looks up to him and respects him. Most importantly, there is a physical piece of himself in the son. A little piece of the man's actual DNA is alive inside the child's body. Although it seems unnoticeable, it's there. It must be the same way with God and His own sons. When they are actually born of spiritual residue and power, there is a piece of God which gets transmitted into them. Some kind of secret, hidden, mysterious, spiritual DNA—something that happens in the spiritual reality to which the humans are not privy.
Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. At this the men greatly feared the LORD, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows to him.
Love grows out of relationships and the upholding of the covenants and oaths between the one party and another. That is, love ultimately depends upon the faithfulness and loyalty of both parties to whatever vows, oaths and covenants exist between them. The Father can't even come near to what's natural, which is why His sons have to be made into spiritual beings in order to even begin to understand and know Him, then love Him, and Him them. Otherwise there is just no connection and everything must remain theory and concepts about how God might be, how the humans should theoretically be able to love Him—if He was like they expect Him to be, in favor of them like they are of themselves without question. However, theory isn't ever good enough, because we already know what the humans always do with everything—own it, possess it, use their power to control it for their own gain, what they do with every religious institution created, since their mother did it first.
The difference between every one of them and what happened in the first century is that men formed them and they control them, the same way they do with every group they form. They are formed and maintained by the humans, according to their will and purpose. That is a reality that will never change, because it's part of the curse, the sinful nature—all the humans are curse with it, there are none that are good, although each one feels it is good which is one of many lies inherent to that nature, what keeps it unclean, evil, and away from the Father. There weren't any humans initiating or maintaining what happened in the first century, for the humans who were chosen to be under the new covenant.
What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.
In short, the humans always make God into what He isn't, for their own gain, which is why the gods that the humans put forth seem to be dull and flat—because they don't exist. They are created in the minds of the humans and that myth gains credibility by their ability to find the agreement of consensus between each other, which props up the lie as long as there are humans willing to give that agreement. Christianity is a total lie because it's based on Roman and Greek mythology. However, the words that were preserved are not a lie because all of those things happened. The fact that they are not happening today doesn't mean they never happened, but just that the phenomenon of the happening went away, as per the words of the prophets (Daniel and Jesus) who said it would go away, which was later reaffirmed by others (Paul and Peter), who were being inhabited by the last prophet needed.
The animal considers someone who actually lived as Jesus or Paul with scorn and contempt because of fear. If it can separate itself from those who don't have anything, it feels like it's a little safer from becoming that—someone without the things that makes it feel safe and secure around it, whatever those things are—house, family, money, honorable identity, etc. Those without a home or earthly possessions, living from one day to the next by what they can find that day—no bank account, no lovely, valuable house that surrounded them and gave them a false hope of safety—are a picture of the sons, because the more they know (concerning their place in the spiritual reality), the less they need (in the natural reality). Actually, the things the humans love, run after and hold on to become a snare for the son, because those things keep reinforcing the reality that isn't true, what the son needs to come away from and forget about (Egypt).
That contempt, driven by fear, comes from the animal consciousness. Born into it from birth, fully intact when they become adults, they are all destined to live and die as all natural things do. The new consciousness is what Jesus had, then Paul and the apostles and a few thousand more had, after he was able to come back to them in the form of pure spirit, what God is. That consciousness was only attained by the life of God having been imparted into their body of flesh in a real, however invisible, way.
When the animals read the many accounts of Jesus' life, they attribute all kind of untrue feelings toward how it was. They want to hold up his life as some noble looking thing, even on the outside. In fact the Lord's life could have been filled with nobility and glory, as the conquering Messiah that everyone had been looking for with great expectation for hundreds of years—all his natural desires fulfilled. That was the life he was tempted to take for himself, in the recorded temptation, when he had to choose between the way of the serpent, what the humans are bound to; or God's way, the way the sons have to go.
In the reality of his decision, his natural life ended up looking quite uneventful, full of the shame of one who had been cursed by God, not blessed. On the outside, the life of the Lord looked terrible. His natural family thought he was crazy and he was regarded with contempt by most of the people who at one point wanted to follow him, but eventually abandoned him like the scornful counterfeit they thought he was. And why? because it was a hard teaching that they heard, meaning they couldn't fit it into their reality of the way things must be in order to be able to accept them. It is impossible for the animal to hear and accept, because it wasn't a natural life. It meant living a life in the natural that the animal could not accept, against all its sensibilities of what is right and proper, what it needs and craves.
On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"
Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, "Does this offend you? What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! The spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him."
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
The humans made him into something great naturally, a god who was separated from the humans. That is the opposite of how things were, and are even recorded, but the humans can't see what's true. We can get rid of our romantic notions about what Jesus' life actually looked like, and especially those who wanted to believe in him. It wasn't just a run of constant miracles that everyone was convinced by, then their natural lives were filled with natural joy and blessings—large families, nice warm houses, comfortable jobs and an endless supply of natural comforts. Living in the spiritual reality, grabbing onto it, believing it; meant giving up the natural reality.
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.
The lives of those who did embrace the Lord—on the outside, in the natural, according to what they could sees with their eyes and understand with their minds—was not a big spiritual party filled with blessings and miracles. In their hearts, though—and this is the important part—they did have the gifts promised many times by Jesus. Those were the invisible gifts, unseen in the natural, which allowed them to believe that the Lord was genuinely from God, the promised Messiah, the One to follow and believe in, and most importantly, risen—even though on the outside, in the natural, he appeared to merely have been killed some years earlier.
Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil (animals whose lives were based on the cycle of death), know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the holy spirit to those who ask him!
If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.
We are only here for a few short years, then we go into the ground. So then why are we so contented living such ineffectual lives that look just like all the other humans', whether they call themselves believers or not. Precisely because we are the same as all the other beings, driven by the same consciousness that is over all of them. It is the consciousness which Adam received, the consciousness of survival of the self, servant of the self at all cost; of believing only what we can see with our eyes, hear with our ears, and understand with our minds.
Jesus brought something with him that didn't fit into the natural reality, and he was killed by the natural creatures for it. When we read the accounts of God's sons from the OT & NT, we realize that they had a different consciousness, one that we are unable to attain to. We would never say that the stories are untrue, yet for our own selves, we cannot believe that any other consciousness, perhaps like the NT believers had, is possible. We are quite right in saying that we cannot attain to it, to get it just because we may want it. That is the mistake of many people/groups who assume they can freely take from the tree of life. They don't comprehend that it is guarded by a flaming sword and a great angel of God. The beautiful irony of God is that they develop a lie around what they think is life, but it is merely an illusion, a delusion sent by God to make them think they have something when they don't.
We might initially say that is diabolical thinking attributed to God. Instead, it is the mercy of God to allow them to think that they're headed toward some kind of heaven or paradise—even though they are going into the ground, and their consciousness will just come to an end when their body dies, as per the law of everything natural. Yet they still were given the ability to enjoy a life of the consciousness of Adam & a beautiful creation for 70 years or so.
However, a son of the only true and living God, even though he may be born into the consciousness of Adam, cannot remain there for the duration of his life in the body of flesh, as a natural being. He must be born of God, of living DNA, and be translated from the animal consciousness to the son's. There must be a transformation, a deliverance from the natural world (Egypt) to the place he has been chosen to go to. If not, he cannot see the Father.
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.
Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born from above.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the spirit.
None of this can make any real sense without the consciousness of the Son, by the life of the Son, living in the human who has been chosen to be made unnatural, just like it didn't make any sense to Nicodemus. That would be the consciousness of Jesus and the Father, living in the man, as God lived in Jesus. That would be the consciousness of the NT believers, far removed from the present day consciousness of man as animal. The consciousness of the NT believers was gobbled up by the whore of babylon, the mother of all prostitutes; and humanity has been ruled since then, by the lies and false notions about God that it created many thousands of years ago.
Not many are bound to ever know the consciousness of the Son of God, because God wants it that way. No man wants a family of sons who are so numerous that they cannot even be known by Him, and it is the same for God. He protects the inheritance of His sons with many safeguards. Whatever God's purpose is, it cannot be stopped by man's ideas or his power to rule, because God's purpose is not fulfilled in the natural reality, but His reality.
The work of instituting the new covenant, of making possible the new creation, where a man could be translated from animal to son—was done on the cross by the Lamb. It was not a natural accomplishment. When he said "It is finished," the new creation was started. He is the model for all the other sons, of living in the other reality by being transformed.
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.