December 25th.

Job 34 / Zechariah 10 / Revelation 10-11

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The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great—and for destroying those who destroy the earth.

What God would be satisfied with a people who do not know His name, nor did they want to know it. The humans are a people who are satisfied with saying, "Here is our God, whose name we cannot know. His face we cannot see, for He is far from us." They live their lives as all the others, partaking of the things of the world, eating their meat sacrificed to the idols of self-satisfaction, holding on to their lives with one hand while they say they don't with the other.

The idols speak deceit, diviners see visions that lie;
they tell dreams that are false, they give comfort in vain.
Therefore the people wander like sheep oppressed for lack of a shepherd.

They fully expect to be welcomed by Him into a kingdom He has prepared for those who love Him more than their lives. Not that they were able to in and of themselves, but He allowed them to give them up for His sake. They are the ones who sold everything they had in order to buy the field with the treasure in it; which is God's life in them, because He revealed to them where the field was and they responded. Like Abraham, they gambled everything on the fact that they knew they were not citizens of this world, and that God was preparing a better one for them to partake of. Nothing in this life could satisfy them, and it slowly fell away from them as they moved closer to their reward. Finding and knowing His love is the only thing they have found worth living for.

My anger burns against the shepherds, and I will punish the leaders;
for the LORD Almighty will care for his flock, the house of Judah,
and make them like a proud horse in battle.

As the good thing that the Father gave through Moses became perverted by the humans who were supposed to be shepherds and leaders, that which the greater Moses confronted; so the thing that was given through this greater Moses has been so thoroughly perverted for so long that it isn't even recognizable.

From Judah will come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler.

The words are the same (because they were assumed and stolen), but the meanings attached to the words have been kept perverted, and that perversion has been guarded like a beast that guards what is his by killing everything that comes close to dominate the area it rules. They clomp onto the words destined for the sons of God and presume to make them theirs, turning their secret meaning into whatever palatable things they want it to say for their sakes.

It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.

"God would never do that" is a phrase we're familiar with, coming out of the mouths of those who were pushing us out of their beloved community by keeping it clean of the things that contaminate it (like the living word accomplishing its purpose in us). Praise be to the One who has allowed us to suffer even a little bit in this way, according to His delight in one day revealing who we were to everyone with whom we had contact, all those who sneered and scoffed and considered us rubbish. The humans who claim to know the way to God often hold up the preserved words (multiple times and counting in our case) to condemn others who do not follow the rules they have made from words on paper. By following their rules made from the stagnant words they think they can own—not the living word of the living God who does whatever He wants to do, and makes His own children look to the humans however He wants—they say a man will be right with their gods. In reality they are more concerned with themselves being honored as the ones who are right by their own religious community of human animals than with the living God, who always acts contrary to what the animals expect, want and are willing to accept. They are able that way to preserve the animal order, the natural power structure that they aim to preserve because it is sacred to the gods they truly serve—their own animal selves and the positions they have carved out amongst the other animals. The humans truly love what they run after, and the motive of religious groups to maintain their own status quo, power and control over the "truth" they've created is a thing they maintain with a strong hand.

You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.

The shepherds cannot please Him because they can only live to themselves, like all animals should be expected to, and take advantage of the flock instead of caring for it because that's all they know how to be—everything ultimately is for them, no matter what they wrap around what they're doing. That makes them evil without even knowing it, just the way things are. The natural thing for the human animal is to love money and status (for physical survival), respect and admiration (for emotional survival), while at the same time hide and say they don't because the need to hide is also bred into them just as thoroughly (what the human animals are beneath all the stuff they've piled around themselves). They are respecters of men and not God because they respect what men respect (what God hates) and they hate what men hate (what God loves; the perfectly natural thing to do), while they pretend to love what God loves and hate what He hates because the urge and inclination to always be hiding from God is built right into their nature.

Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. He did not need man's testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.

The men who grumble about how bad the Pharisees were reinforce their simpleton comic book 'good god versus bad god' philosophy into their hearers hearts with exhortations about the hypocrisy; and then proceed to judge the sons of God by what they think is happening, just as the same Pharisees did with the Son of God. That is the process of the Father separating His own sons from the animals who would rather trample His beauty into the mud than recognize it, because they can't. With their evil, earthly minds they judge for evil those who have already been judged for good, approved and given life, sealed up by the life that is living in them. They hold up their blindness and call it sight, that which justifies them before the almighty God. Even the pagans know about their folly, yet they are taken over by their own self-delusions and their craving to be right, the ones who possess the "truth" by their earthly consensus from other animals. They despise the truth because they won't let go of that need to be right, a perfectly animalistic behavior, because it hasn't been given to them—because they don't want it. They issue themselves license to speak on God's behalf while they condemn Him with their degradations of His family, His loves, and His possessions.

Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs."

He had to teach his disciples this because they were humans, and had the same inclination because of the nature living inside them as these condemned leaders had, which is cunning and crafty beyond reason, going all the way back to its origination.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made.

It isn't like a man who gets tired of trying to persuade and manipulate the sons into following it. It is a living force, a continuous impulse that emanates from within the humans because it lives in them to lead and rule them, according to the curse put on them in the beginning, when they were bound together with the wild animals to have the opposite nature to that which God first intended there be in them, because He is true to His word that He spoke to them:

And the LORD God commanded the man, "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 Son explains the key to hypocrisy. He could because he knew, because although he was one of the humans, he was the first one of them to ever be born of God, from the spiritual world, to have the unseen DNA of God (God is the spirit) living in him to make him a true Son. Being a Son, he was taught the way of God, what to choose (the unseen kingdom, how to be right with God) and what to reject (the seen, the controllable, where the humans live and what they love and run after).

For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

In his heart a human naturally holds all kinds of evil against the Father, merely because his very nature is opposed to God. That is the curse he is born into so he can't just grab on a whim the good things God's sons are supposed to have. He also notices that he can conceal the things the thinks and does in his heart from the other men around him, and so he also extends the assumption of that circumstance while he assumes that he can conceal what is in his heart from God. If that were not enough, he judges and condemns other men by his condemnations, all because he's wrapped in a great ironic deception that he wears like clothes so they condemn themselves by their own words, actions and judgments.

For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

That is the justice of the animal before God. While he stands to accuse the sons of God of the very things he is guilty of, he will cleanly and clearly condemn himself before the entire assembly of those who actually are righteous because of God's decision to make them so. Those same sons of God learn to choose against their natural inclinations, to deny their animal impulses because the life of the only true Christ lives in them to teach them to understand the opposite reality of the way things only seem, then abandon and reject it because they learn that the way they've gone all their lives is the wrong way to go.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. He will eat curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right.

They learn that the way to the hidden Father is a secret mystery.

Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, "There will be no more delay! But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets."

The good shepherd cared for the sheep because what is naturally in the humans, as per the terms of the curse, was not in him, so that he was able to actually love as required by the Father who loves His true family. Otherwise, by what is naturally in the humans, there is no possibility for the love that is true and pure according to the Father—not driven by animal impulse but by His life which has grown in the son's heart. What the Father wants from His true sons is that they love Him and show it by doing the opposite from that which the animal is naturally inclined to do, which is effectively choosing to be defined not as an animal but a son of God—separated from them to Him for His sake.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

 

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