Job 25-27 / Zechariah 2-3 / Jude
Listen, O high priest Joshua and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,' says the LORD Almighty, `and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.'
Joshua and his associates means all the sons of God who lived up to John, who were under the curse of being chosen by the Father, yet kept by the earth which held them in its power. They were dead and lifeless, unable to be helped until the Branch was able by his obedience to the Father to remain clean, and when the time came offered himself up as the sacrifice that could free those sons from that era. This happened in a single day, in a single hour when the work was finished and the veil was torn and these sons were raised from their graves.
These men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals—these are the very things that destroy them.
Remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, "In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires." These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the spirit.
This could possibly be the most direct description of the dichotomy of mere animal versus son of God, what the sinful nature actually is—the following of the natural animal instinct—versus the instinct of the son of God. It is what the teacher was teaching them to have, the counselor who was counseling them on becoming sons to the Father who was calling them, what they were calling the spirit in that time. This description cuts through all the abstract religious theoretical buffers that keeps the idea at arm's length and brings it close, because it defines the humans as what they are in their natural state before God—common animals driven by the instincts that naturally live inside them in the same way all animals are driven to do and be what they are in their most fundamental form.
These men are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.
The reason they do all this isn't necessarily because they are bad while the sons are good, but because they're led by the instinct of fear, which rules them to act and do certain things to try to stave off that overriding fear that lives in them. Think of any wild animal and what it does when you approach it and you can get a sense of that overriding instinct that is always there—to run away and hide or fight, anything but come close to you because it's driven to survive at any and all cost, and it doesn't even think about what it needs to do. You can easily see how that instinct to be afraid and act on it the split second the animal senses the slightest hint of anything foreign actually lives in the animal. It is a part of its sensory functionality, and it isn't just isolated but universal across the spectrum of wild animals.
The secret message of the Father to His own sons, even as it is outlined here in Jude and as it is uncovered elsewhere in the words—but mostly how it is uncovered within the son's heart when the teacher begins pointing it out to him—is that every one of the humans is cursed by the same instinctual force of power as the wild animals. That is what's referred to in the writings as the sinful nature as distributed by the source of its power, that metaphorical being called the devil, or satan; originating as the serpent who was and is the most cunning of the animals, which is to mean the source of its power. This means that each of the sons is also a victim of this curse, and there is the dilemma of the Father with regard to His own sons who are being called to know Him who has chosen them to come in to His family—how to transform them from common animals with the wild animal nature into sons of God who can come close to their true Father.
The reason that the transformation is required is because as animals, each one of them is inside a little bubble of subservience to itself because each is inhabited by the serpent, the adversary whom the humans were bound up with when the curse took effect (Gen 3). Because of that condition they do everything for their own advantage, which makes them unable to love anyone but their own selves (metaphorically "unclean"), and being unclean keeps them away from God—the main thrust of what the secret message of the Law's clean vs. unclean was all about. The opposition of the human animals (the unchosen) to the humans who were being transformed according to the terms of the new covenant was a natural thing. What was naturally in them was opposed to the living God's work in the humans He had chosen to be transformed away from that condition of unclean wild animal ruled by instinct into clean sons who could come near to God, alive to Him via that spirit who was teaching and counseling them according to their position.
That is what the NT is about—a preserved record of those few who were under that condition for the short time that it was available, all of which—the giving and the taking away—was promised beforehand. That is what the OT is about—the reason for man's condition and the promise of redemption from that condition.
You, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the holy spirit. Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
The humans who were under the new covenant in the first century were being transformed away from what they were before, what all the humans are, into new creatures—sons of God in the likeness of the firstborn Son Jesus, the first of the humans to be born from above, of the spirit, of God who is pure spirit. These understood that before they were totally blind, even to the fact that they were under the curse of being subservient to the nature that the humans were bound to when Adam broke the covenant he had with the Father, the first covenant we're aware existed between God and man.
Like Adam, they have broken the covenant—they were unfaithful to me there.
When Jesus existed in his human body and was seen by men, they didn't know what the new covenant was about; the language the prophets spoke who predicted it wasn't able to be comprehended because it was in a secret form. The humans were looking for something different so they resisted the purpose of God to an extent because of the nature they were in slavery to. They didn't understand anything until Jesus and the Father, the newly created form of the body of God—the Father and Son who inhabited the bodies of the chosen sons in the form of spirit—came to them to dwell in their bodies, as the Father alone dwelled in Jesus' while he was in his human body. This inhabitation of their bodies was the spirit, the condition which brought the good news that they could be freed from the domination of the animal nature, the curse of Adam, the inhabitation of their bodies by the serpent. The transformation that these men were undergoing was the reality of what the OT things pointed to.
The LORD was very angry with your forefathers. Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Return to me,' declares the LORD Almighty, 'and I will return to you,' says the LORD Almighty.
A newly born child is naked before its father and doesn't care. It doesn't know it's naked, it just is. People think that's because it is ignorant, that its brain hasn't developed enough to be aware that it's naked, that the consciousness of the newborn baby and small child is imperfect and undesirable. That's because as wild animals who are filled with fear, they loathe and are repelled by anything that would make them feel vulnerable, since it's their driving purpose to be and remain as invulnerable as is possible so they can feel less likely to be caught up and killed. Conversely and because of the same thing, the humans think that growing up and becoming aware and fully conscious, developing an intellect like all the other 'intelligent' animals, is the desired state. That's because they are in this state more able to protect and defend themselves than is a small, vulnerable child.
Think of all the things that men put on themselves when they realize they are naked—naked being metaphorical and applying to a mountain of things. These are things that keep them hidden as they constantly scramble to hide their shame, because of fear which defines their consciousness. Money, muscles, intelligence, talent, affection, popularity, beauty, power, respect, admiration, success, honor, responsibility, DNA carriers, etc.
This is certainly not any kind of new concept. It's been the subject of psychotherapy for years when the process of hiding gets out of hand, as long as psychotherapy has been acceptable. There are all sorts of levels and degrees of it. Just look around in the world and see how everyone hides, everyone is afraid to be honest, vulnerable or open about who and what they are. Sure they don't know what they are, but even that they have to hide from and pretend they do know, and have it all under control like the charade that all the humans play for each other. So many identities, so much effort trying to just be someone or something; all so that they can hide in that thing, identity, profession, situation, behind a wall of stuff and identity.
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"
He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."
The animals are always hiding because they are afraid, as the man and woman did after their "eyes were opened," after they were transformed from vulnerable child to the mature animal consciousness which is afraid and needs to hide. Before that everything was good between God and His son, who was ignorant of evil and void of the fear that comes from that knowledge. It was just as a father with his newborn child who looked like him. There was no need for hiding, no shame—just a relationship where each was free to love back and forth. Actually the idea of love wasn't even something that can be addressed, because what went back and forth between God and the man was undefined love, the only thing that existed. It's only in our fear based consciousness that the idea of love exists as the opposite of it. Fear didn't even exist until he ate the fruit which had the seed of death in it. The only thing that existed was love, and the choice to not love.
You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.
The absence of fear, the thing that came out of Adam's decision, and which drives our consciousness, is love. Everything else comes out of fear, which is the source of all man's problems. The fact that it exists to such a degree guarantees that love cannot happen, or if it does it's only in tiny spurts and then it goes away. That's because earthly love is only a copy of the real thing, so it is temporary and inferior. When God chooses to give birth to a son, it is permanent and we don't have to worry about it going away. He will prove that to us as He comes closer and closer to us, as the Lord teaches us obedience and how to be good sons who love their true Father as he did.
We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Being made perfect in love is the process that had begun in John when he first knew the Lord as a man walking in Galilee. Love is what prompted the Father to tell the Son to choose John to be one of the men he was sent to teach, then save, then transform into a son of God who could know the Father. His interactions with Jesus were part of that process of being made perfect in love. The miracles he did, his teachings, the love he extended to the 12, his death and leaving them, but then his coming back, then his leaving them again, but then his coming back to live with John forever—living in his body, letting him know that he was chosen, sealed and loved by the Father.
The love and trust of God is something Adam didn't consider valuable. He wanted other things, to be like God and to have His wisdom. For the animal, because of the fear that defines him, what is valuable is everything that he can use to hide in, everything that can be used to build up walls around him which can fortify his position.
The good news, the gospel that Jesus brought to John and the other 11 men was that some of the humans could be transformed away from that animal existence which all the humans are across the board born into and cannot move out from under that slavery to the self—which means that they cannot ever know the Father because of that condition. However, moving away from the animal is not hanging on to the animal in reality while theoretically moving toward the Father, which can only bring hypocrisy.
So John knew the process of being made perfect in love, as his writings indicate. He knew that was the purpose of his life, to be made perfect in love, because that is all that the son has—the relationship of the good Father to the innocent, newborn child, what the humans despise but what the sons must be moving toward. As we get closer to knowing the love that can only come from the Father, we're also learning the new value system, as Jesus knew it.
Then the angel who was speaking to me left, and another angel came to meet him and said to him: "Run, tell that young man, 'Jerusalem will be a city without walls...and I myself will be a wall of fire around it,' declares the LORD, 'and I will be its glory within.'