Job 14 / Habbakuk 1 / 1 Peter 2
Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure. Man's days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.
All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers
of the field;
Who can bring what is pure from the impure?
What is pure is a rarity, while what is impure is common. The humans are common; nothing very special about them although few would agree with that even though they are born and they die uneventfully, just like any animal or insect. The nature they are born into and ruled by makes them to think that their own existence is special and good—that they themselves are inherently special and good—which accomplishes the desired goal, that they strive toward surviving and maintaining their species. Everything and everybody is impure and very common—when one creature dies there are two more to take its place.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
From the beginning God has chosen to hide Himself from the humans, not revealing His identity to anyone and everyone who merely wanted to know Him or even who He is. He chose certain times to reveal Himself to certain people, of His choosing, to be able to hear the specific revelation about Him and be given the choice to either remain impure and common or become pure, a rarity among what is impure and common—what just lives and dies to be and become nothing more than another integral part of the temporary creation which only lives and dies to feed itself so that it can live some more. Only God and that which originates from Him, or that to which His life is extended—because of His choice—can be considered pure.
Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
Distinguishing what is common—everything that can be observed with common eyes—from what is rare and pure—that which has the specific revelation of the Father's purpose living inside it—is for the sons who have that purpose, so that the purpose can be established and exist in them. That purpose is that they are being called to a secret family that isn't known by what is common (otherwise it wouldn't be secret), which the common (humans at large) will never comprehend, only because that knowledge must be specifically planted in them before they can. Understanding that they have been chosen to another heritage than simply living and dying like all the other animals is what prompts the sons to begin to not just live like the common animals by following whatever urges come up in them, which originates from the animal heritage in them that was their only identity before the Father specifically revealed His truth in them.
At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.
The animals are always looking for a formula they can develop, memorize, and adhere to; which is just to say they need something to hold on to, to possess, own and control so they can have power over it and control it, for their own purpose and gain. What is that purpose? To feel that they're okay, that they own and control what will keep them okay. That is the definition of an idol, a god that is bigger than you, but which you can make, then hold, possess, own and control it for your good. It doesn't make sense, but neither does what lives in the hearts of the humans—the needs, cravings, lusts, appetites that live there because of the instincts that are in them, what they're all driven by and what they all have in common.
It is, unfortunately, the motivation for many of the words of the pages on this web site, as I have struggled to find a reason and explanation for what's been happening inside me, to try to pull it outside of me so that I can examine, analyze and develop a formula about it. Then I think I might be able to get a handle on it, understand it with my natural mind, then own it like an idol I feel like I can possess and put on the shelf so that whenever I need it I can pick it up and use it for my own gain. The animal nature is so much a part of me that I cannot separate myself from it. It lives in my heart and causes me to be a servant to its constant cravings, appetites and lusts that are reinforced wherever I look.
Live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.
A separation from what reinforces those things in me doesn't seem to be enough to stop them because they are so alive within my heart. However, that separation and isolation from what I know causes the evil to remain alive will bring about the slow erosion of what reinforces the animal heritage in me, so that what is pure can take root in me and start to thrive. This is the impetus for the Son's parable of the word, represented by things that humans could understand—how a seed sprouts and either grows or else dies for specific reasons.
When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. He told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, " `they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!' "
Those men who were close to him believed him not by some special ability they had, but because they were chosen by the Father, for the Son's sake, to have special ears and eyes which could see what the common animals could not, who were destined by the choice of the Father to be and remain ignorant to the secret messages the Son was teaching those who could hear him, whose faithfulness and loyalty to the Son was initiated by the Father's doing and not their own. That is not to say they didn't have a choice whether to be loyal to the Son. Judas is the example of one who, even though he was given ears to hear and eyes to see, yet he rejected what the Father extended to him and chose in the manner of Adam that which was appealing to his natural self and inclinations.
Then Jesus said to them, "Don't you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown."
That special ability to see and hear was the word which was specifically sown in them as a seed, and which would either grow or die according to whether it was nurtured and cared for, or allowed to wither and die because of neglect and disbelief and attention to what was common and only brought death, never the life that the Father wanted to grow in these particular chosen men. Even just the smallest amount of loyalty and faithfulness, marred as it was yet nevertheless containing some intention to be, was for the Son's sake so that he would have to be utterly alone.
If only you would hide me in the grave and conceal me till your anger has passed!
These men were the living and breathing representations of all of the sons of God who would be being saved by the work of the firstborn Son whose work was impossibly difficult considering the ramifications of his success in denying the animal the right to rule him, in choosing the right and rejecting the wrong. If such a huge ramification for the negative was wrought by the the one man Adam choosing the wrong and rejecting the right, how difficult would the work be which reversed that condition in those who were chosen by the Father to be remembered by Him, to raise them up out of the grave so that they could be with Him, all because of the Son's loyalty to the Father.
He said to them, "Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don't you put it on its stand? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."
The word that gets planted in those of the Father's choosing is for the purpose of revealing a life that went undisclosed before that revelation, which is hidden and secret just like the Father chooses to be hidden and secret. It is concealed to the world of humans as per the Father's specific desire, according to the way He has chosen to be amongst the humans (secret, hidden, undisclosed, unable to be handled or hemmed in, unable to be controlled or used for the impure use of the common creatures).
"Consider carefully what you hear," he continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him."
The above statement by the teacher is as mysterious as the life of the Father is who lived inside him, who is the originator of what is secret yet true, the reality that the Son's life perfectly mirrored. He's still talking about the same thing as he was in the parable about the secret knowledge of the life that was being planted in them as seeds. It has to do with why the word is called living, and can be amended to say, "Whoever has this secret life planted in them will be given more of what the Father wants to accomplish by it being planted in them in the first place—the knowledge of His reality because of the revelation. Whoever does not have that life planted in them, even what he has (his temporary life as a common creature that "lives" for a set time and then expires) will be taken from him, which is the way everything in this creation goes and can be clearly observed as such." Everything here is about specifics e.g., a specific group of chosen few who are able to hear a specific word which intends to accomplish a specific purpose. There is nothing about what the Father has being made available to the general public like it was a degree they could study for and receive, which is the basis for all the world's religions, especially all forms of christianity.
For many are invited, but few are chosen.
This isn't a declaration of unfairness, but that the Father decides to whom the revelation is extended. This is something that only the sons can become aware of, and only because they know that the revelation has been extended specifically to them. Until that time everything is incomprehensible because nothing makes sense—certainly not the lies that the religious leaders put forth about how they have God figured out and know the way to Him, since He purposely makes Himself hidden from their ability to figure Him out or be able to catch the knowledge of Him. All they would ever do with that knowledge is what they do with what they think is that knowledge, but in reality are just common lies—that is, contain it so they can control it and use it to their advantage, just like animals would be expected to since all they want, need and are driven to do is obey that instinct to survive by promoting their own fearful selves.
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God.
Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
How does Paul suggest that they purify themselves "from everything that contaminates body and spirit?" He's still talking about the same thing he started the idea with, which is not a new idea but one that came from God's mouth—being not "yoked together" with what is common, impure and dying. To Paul, that meant everyone who wasn't being called and chosen as he was to believe in the unbelievable, which at the time was truly remarkable, that the man who was killed by the Jews was alive. That he was the One he claimed to be, and that the Father remembered him, as he himself had to choose to believe because he was a man and not a god as the liars claim, for whom that choice becomes a mockery, yet another thing that doesn't make sense in their jumbled up religion born out of the Roman and Greek mythological stories that were so prevalent in those and prior days to the fourth century, when everything that christianity resembles—from the good gods fighting the bad gods to christmas and all the other lies—was all just made up by the humans who had the power to do it.
As God has said:
"I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."
The sons of God who hear what the others cannot begin to learn that a separation from the humans, what they do and promote amongst themselves, how they act and their influence on those whom the Father intends to make pure, is beneficial. Anything to lessen the reinforcement of what I became when I learned to be a mature wild animal who knows how to take care of himself would be good for me. Some things are just too difficult to let go of, because they're key to what I learned to use to love and take care of myself, to be a normal, healthy, self-sufficient mature human animal who uses whatever resources in the world do the trick to how he learned to satisfy himself and all those cravings and needs that live in his heart.
The above is not a reason for a dismissal of the words on this web site either, even if they sound like an expert speaking about what others might have to do, which is just another way that the animal hides behind whatever agreement it can find to hide, because that's its MO, going all the way back to the first thing the humans did, just after they became animals, just after they died (you will surely die). So all the stuff I write about as though it's for others, is for me, because I am not removed from the condition as I sometimes come off sounding like (because of the instinct to hide from the vast fear living in me). I have not yet been fully pulled from Egypt and delivered into the land promised to my brother Abraham, whom also was chosen and visited by the only living God because the process is slow, just like the seed that sprouts and the plant that grows from that which was planted.
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: "Listen to the terms of this covenant and tell them to the people of Judah and to those who live in Jerusalem. Tell them that this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: `Cursed is the man who does not obey the terms of this covenant—the terms I commanded your forefathers when I brought them out of Egypt, out of the iron-smelting furnace.' I said, `Obey me and do everything I command you, and you will be my people, and I will be your God. Then I will fulfill the oath I swore to your forefathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey'—the land you possess today."
I answered, "Amen, LORD."
I may not even be out of Egypt yet, but I do have the knowledge that the story of the Jews coming out of there is a copy for me so I can understand what must happen. The time after the Lord came has been a foundation for understanding the things about everything—the old way, the animal nature, the present creation, the devil; and the new way, who Jesus was, what he did, why he came. There is also an understanding about what's important—the Father and His family of lost sons, and bringing them back home to Him, to their true home where He is.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send?
And who will go for us?"
He said, "Go and tell this people: 'Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.' Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed."
Then I said, "For how long, O Lord?" And he answered: "Until the cities lie ruined and without inhabitant, until the houses are left deserted and the fields ruined and ravaged, until the LORD has sent everyone far away and the land is utterly forsaken.
And though a tenth remains in the land, it will again be laid waste. But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps when they are cut down, so the holy seed will be the stump in the land."
A formula we can be sure about is the temporality of the present creation. Although it seems to be a permanent thing, everything that has ever existed within it, from the microscopic things to the planets and suns are all based on one law and formula—they are birthed, then exist for a while, then they die and are no more. Because they overlap they give the illusion of permanence, but it's all just a series of those overlapping, temporary existences. This is a thing we can hold on to and own, and be sure is not going to change.
Job set it up and Peter knocked it down, with the help of Solomon. The hint of the righteous branch that would spring up from what seemed to be dead, but was just hibernating for many centuries. And contrasted with the humans who don't ever spring up once they're dead is Jesus, the shoot from the righteous stump that laid dormant. He was the human who defied the law of the natural because of the life of the Father who lived in him, the seed that was in him when his body was dormant for 3 days, who didn't conform to the formula.
See, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, will lop off the boughs with great power. The lofty trees will be felled, the tall ones will be brought low. He will cut down the forest thickets with an ax; Lebanon will fall before the Mighty One.
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD—and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest.
Jesus defied the law of the natural. He was aware of the deceitfulness of what seemed to be, but what couldn't be because it didn't last. He turned it on its head and made what was not possible into what was, so that he conformed the natural reality to him, instead of the other way around. In the reality that he made, things didn't follow the pattern they are usually constrained to (wolf eats lamb, leopard kills goat, lion preys on calf, cobra kills human). The impossible, that a mature human could be transformed into a being which could actually care for another than itself or its offspring, was what Jesus became, who was the model for the sons who lived in the first century. He gave them a knowledge of their Father, and brought them home to Him.
They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
If a man dies, will he live again?
All the days of my hard service
I will wait for my renewal to come.