In traditional Jewish families, children are taught to memorize scripture. They may start with a few chapters of the Torah, which is the 1st five books of the bible, and progress to memorizing all five books, as well as the Psalms, and the works of noted prophets. If a child is interested, and / or is chosen to go further into priesthood, then they will memorize the whole Talmud, which includes all the scriptures, and an extensive array of teachings and commentaries.
One of the ways that people are able to memorize so much material, is to store the information behind “keys”, which are words, phrases, or images, that act like “triggers” that can unlock entire caches of memory. In this way, the first few words of a chapter can summon up an entire chapter from long term memory. With the mention of one word or phrase, a person can recall troves of significant information. Therefore, what lays on the surface of human memory, are sets of keys just waiting to be used … or not.
In the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, they recorded how from an early age, Jesus read and taught from the scriptures, and how he angered the priests of His day with His unique interpretation of it. Therefore, wherever Jesus went, He was shadowed by a group of priests who confronted and questioned Him at every turn. They tried especially hard to corner Him into contradicting the teachings of Moses … because therein they felt that they would have grounds to kill Him.
Mark 14:1 KJV
After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him by craft, and put Him to death.
The accusers quoted scripture to Jesus, and tried to bend His words into a felony, but in every case they failed and had to turn away and regroup, for fear of being asked too many questions and being caught mis-representing scripture themselves.
Time after time the priests confronted Jesus, and time after time, they failed, and with every attempted coup, their anger grew and stirred into a froth, so much so that they gave up the academic route and tried to throw Him off a cliff. Eventually, with Jesus help, they were able to put Him on a cross, not for breaking any law, but for being the “pick of the day” ... and in an act of foreshadowing, Jesus took the place of a guilty man.
On that fateful day, the priests stood gloating at the foot of the cross of Jesus, and sighed with a great relief that they had finally won. They believed that they had shut Jesus up once and for all … and that there would be no more teaching in the streets, no more healings, no more feedings, and no more telling the people the difference between God and religion. They were sure that they had had the last word … and they revelled in it … and taunted Him … saying that if He was God, then He should remove Himself from the cross.
Matthew 27:41,42 KJV
41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking Him, with the scribes and elders, said,
42 He saved others; Himself he cannot save. If He be the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.
When Jesus was nailed to the cross, and was dripping blood from multiple wounds, He was fully aware of His surroundings, and was fully engaged with the little shadow of men who so badly wanted Him gone.
Jesus knew these men from birth. He knew their eye colour and blood type … because He had created them before the foundation of the earth. He knew their family history and ideology, and for years He had tolerated them and answered their questions about the finer points of scripture. And when it came to the day of the cross, Jesus took the time to give them one more thing to think about, one more thing to consider from the Son of Man, who would ascend to heaven as the Son of God.
Jesus fired one more shot across their bow!
Jesus quoted Psalm 22:1, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
This was absolutely brilliant on Jesus’ part. It may have gone unnoticed by most of the onlookers at the cross, or misinterpreted, but for the shadowy group of Priests, it created a solid lump in their throat, and made the hair bristle on the back of their necks.
They had memorized scripture their whole lives, including Psalm 22, and the words “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”, triggered from their memory, the entire chapter in intimate detail … including verse 16, “the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet” … and verse 18, “ They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture”.
As the priests recalled the psalm that Jesus had David write just for this occasion … and as they lined up the verses with the striking parallel images they saw in front of them … they must have frozen in their tracks when they got to verse 22 … which states … “I will declare Thy name unto My brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise Thee”. These were not the words of a defeated man … these were the words of a Greater Plan … and they referred to the days after the cross, that Jesus would walk amongst them, teaching and giving evidence of the resurrection.
Psalm 22, starts with a cry to God, and expresses significant pain and suffering, but it also concludes with victory. It declares that the Son of God on the cross ... will not stay on the cross, and will continue … to the horror of His accusers … to teach scripture amongst the people … and that is exactly what Jesus did, three days later, after His resurrection.
The priests wanted the last word, but Jesus was the Last Word. God once asked, “What is the most powerful force in the universe … the power to destroy, or the power to create?” God answered, “The one that happens last!”
Most scriptures chronicle the stories of humans and their relationship with God. For the most part, the people who should know better, don’t, leaving those with a moral compass, or a simple respect for innocence, to do their best. Jesus uses Psalm 22 to make it clear that 1. while some humans act like they own other humans, they don't, and 2. there is a higher power that will have the final Word.
Psalm 22: 28 KJV
For the kingdom is the Lord's: and He is the governor among the nations.
Psalm 22:29 KJV
… none can keep alive his own soul.
When Jesus said, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”… He wasn’t just referring to the enormous load of human sin that He had just taken on, but He was also saying, “Hey guys! Get ready! Because you know what’s coming next!”
Some people view global events in terms of epic struggles that take place between mortals and their “gods”. There is ample evidence that past civilizations looked to the stars, planets and other-worldly deities for solutions to problems like crop failure and disease. It is no wonder that during the events of 2020, many are asking … “Are we experiencing God’s Judgement, or is it the work of the devil?”.
People tend to like the concept of an angry God and a delirious devil, but both fail to acknowledge that there is a much deeper work underway, one that started well before humans and earth time began.
The people who believe that God is judging the world, generally blame other religions and cultures for igniting God’s wrath. They see 2020 as the tipping point of God’s anger over the humans who do not believe in what they believe in … as if abuse, fraud, jealously, and fear do not occur within their own ranks.
Another characteristic that surrounds the idea of “judgement”, is that a negative force is sent by God to the earth to punish it, in the form of weather, plagues or war. When trouble happens, many believe that God abandons the earth and leaves it behind to suffer.
However … what actually happens is the exact opposite.
Humans are free entities who choose their own path, and God gives advice and offers help … but God’s oversight is generally unaccepted.
The story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is the perfect example of how a story about God can be misinterpreted. If you read the english version of the bible, you will read that God “cursed” Adam and Eve and the ground they walked on, but that is not what happened. God told them that they were cursed … but it was because they had cursed themselves … in the sense that they had removed themselves from the Presence of God.
Adam and Eve were not a couple of teenagers stealing a few apples from an orchard. They were the most sentient of beings, trying to rewrite the definitions of “holiness” … which is the entity that governs the innermost quantum infrastructure that holds the universe together. If they had succeeded … none of us would exist.
They were warned that the consequence of their actions would be serious … that it would result in death … that the quantum gears and mechanisms that bring life to the universe would churn against them ... but they proceeded anyway. They changed their internal polarity … against common sense and against God … and were naturally repelled out of Eden … where they became servants of gravity and seasons. Their bodies suddenly became a part of a count-down clock … a quickening swing of a pendulum … and their lease on the earth changed significantly … from eternity to 1000 years ... which is one earth-day with God.
What happened next … reads like a “curse” in the english version of the bible … but it is instead a benevolent act designed to save them. What reads like a list of sentences, is instead, a survival playbook. Step by step, God showed them what they had broken, and told them what to expect, and how to overcome it. Once they left Eden, they encountered challenges that they had not experienced before … everything in their world changed. For every definition of “holiness” that they had broken, they had to learn a new more difficult reality … like “work vs energy”, and they had to learn how to bring life into a world separated from God.
Instead of judging or abandoning them, God turned up the volume on saving them, and in a most extraordinary and sensitive moment ... God explained that a plan had already been put in place to win them back and restore everything they had lost! God told them that one day, in earth time … the same Jesus who created them … would sacrifice Himself to make their redemption complete! God explained that Jesus was the one who would be cursed … on their behalf!
The story of Adam and Eve is not a story about God placing a curse on humans … it is a story about humans who broke their own universal quantum support system … and about God choosing to pay for the damages.
This was not a “curse” placed upon humans … this was a love story.
If God had truly been judging them, then not only would their lease on the earth be terminated, but their lease in heaven would be lost as well, and the end of their 1000 earth days would be their final chapter. Instead, what looked like a curse, was a pre-planned recovery proposal. Adam and Eve were removed from the garden to prevent them from causing further damage to themselves and the universe, but mercifully, they and all of human-kind, were put on the “buy-back” list of heaven.
There are many examples of judgement in the bible, but none of them are a “reflex” of God … because God lives outside of time … in which everything that happens on the earth, is already finished. None of it is news to God. What we call judgement … is a “consequence” … the same as the effects of gravity. Human behaviour generates consequences, and some of those are developed within nature. The beauty of a relationship with God, is that we have the option to live outside of darkness, and to both redeem our past, and change our future.
The same concepts that happened to Adam and Eve are true in 2020. Instead of turning up the volume on judgement, God has turned up the volume on redemption, by turning up the volume on “holiness”. The year 2020 is not the year of the absence of God, it is just the opposite … 2020 is the year of a greater intensity of God’s Glory.
People have been crying out to God for a fresh wave of God’s Holy Spirit on the earth, but they failed to foresee what that would look like … because coming into contact with God’s Glory, is like coming into contact with the sun … and within that refining process, a lot of things are going to be exposed, sifted, and burned away … including things like injustice and hypocrisy … especially within faith groups. A new wave of God was never going to put religion on a pedestal.
When people say that God is judging us in 2020, they fail to acknowledge that God is in the business of saving people, not destroying them, and that if anything, God wants to “snatch back” what the devil has stolen. If 2020 is a year of challenge for humans, then 2020 is also the year of God’s voice saying “Here is the remedy!”
God has only been saying one thing … “Here is the pathway to prosperity in all of its forms!”. God has said over and over again … “If you leave that pathway, then you will experience trouble!” … some people call this a “curse” … but it is nothing more than an operator’s manual … and it takes no special judgement to enact the truths within its pages.
The events of 2020 are a result of being embedded in the infrastructure of God’s universe. 2020 (Hebrew - 5780) was distinguished as a “marker” long before the earth was formed. The unveiling of hidden truth … marks a significant pivot in the development of human-kind. This does not trivialize the severity or complexity of the pain experienced by many, but it does acknowledge that in 2020 ... “enlightenment outweighed darkness”.
2020 marks a pivotal shift in how humans respond to the things of God … things like standing up for “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control - Galatians 5:22,23 KJV”.
One day in the future, even the most ambivalent persons will be thankful for the tremendous awakening and preparedness that 2020 has laid at our door.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Philippians 4:7,8 KJV
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Everything good and holy that Jesus died for on the cross was given freely to everyone.
However … no one jumps on a good idea faster than the devil … and under the shadow of the cross, darkness convinced humans to take what Jesus paid for and put it in “BOXES” … to either bury it or sell it for profit. What was gifted to humans in the form of forgiveness, healing and prosperity, was boxed up and scuttled away by intermediaries who tried to place themselves between us and God.
The inexhaustible, eternal, omnipresent, free, magnificent Presence of God, has been marketed by darkness as limited stock, near impossible to access, expensive, arduous, and elite … by a contingent of door keepers … who metered out what was meant to be joyful and life-giving … into what has sadly become one of the most oppressive entities on the face of the earth.
Even the most enthusiastic followers of God often create the myth that God lives exclusively behind their doors. Some use near seance-like procedures to try to manifest, entice, or conjure up the Presence of God into their midst … and fail to clarify that God is already everywhere. Go-betweens try to “usher in” the Glory of God … whereas God already infuses the quantum essence of all energy and matter.
We have the very mistaken idea that God “visits us” … as if there are places where God is not … as if there are entities that can hold a form without God’s say so … as if structures can exist without being a quantum extension of God’s lattice-work … as if we can exist without first being held as an “idea” in the mind of God.
What really happens when we “feel” that we have entered into the Presence of God … is that God “turns up the volume” on the “Holiness” that is already there ... and pre-existing bonds between us and God are strengthened. This is how the world was intended to work. The inexhaustible gifts of Jesus Christ were meant to infuse our world and make it one with heaven.
The “Un-Boxing of God” is not really letting God out of a box, because God can not be put in a box in the first place, no more so than the sun can be put in a box … but the “Un-Boxing of God” is a real generational shift, in which people demand an authentic, unfettered God. Be careful though, because darkness will jump on this movement too, and try to distinguish itself as its leader.
Fortunately, God has a plan of restoration … and the “UN-BOXING” of what Jesus paid for has begun.
2020 … will become known by future generations as the year of “Should Have Been”.
Future generations will look back at 2020 the way we look back at cars that did not have safety features such as seat-belts or air-bags ... which means that the years before 2020 will become known as the years of “Not Listening”.
It is not that we did not know how to prepare properly, it is just that we settled for the lowest common denominator.
1. Mutual love and respect "should have been" ... universal.
2. Food Security “should have been” … intrinsically available for every human.
3. Financial markets “should have been” … able to pause economic losses.
4. Children “should have been” … able to LEARN online with excellence.
5. Airlines, buildings and homes “should have been” … able to guarantee air quality.
6. Affluent parts of the world “should have been” ... able to reestablish the impoverished parts of the world.
7. Violence "should have been" ... unacceptable.
Through the 2020 crises ... the global playing field has been levelled … and hopefully the solutions we find to economics, safety, and food security will be global ones ... without the loss of privacy and oppressive tactics.
The ultimate “should have been” ... belongs to the fact that humans should have been aware of what God was saying.
What happens between us and God is significantly affected by our personality.
A little child who is born with happiness, will know more about the ways of heaven than a great biblical expounder who is miserable.
That is why Jesus offers a "new life" ... a make-over ... a new perspective … a whole new frame of reference on how to view the universe. God is not impressed by our status, stature or statehood … none of that will make us a good leader or prepare us for what is to come … God is only interested in our capacity for faith, courage and love.
SW - April 10, 2020
2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
1 Corinthians 13:13 para
And now abides faith, courage, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
"Fear" and "respect" are two very different things. There is a type of respect, that at its best, is a great teacher. However, the opposite of respect is a type of harmful fear that robs a person of fighting back or resolving issues. It floats the idea that there is no means of escape, defence or victory, and it causes us to lose by default.
In John 10:10, there is a fascinating verse that reveals the strategy of fear and how it operates.
John 10:10 KJV
The thief cometh not, but for to STEAL, and to KILL, and to DESTROY …
Fear attacks in 3 deliberate consecutive stages:
STAGE 1 - FEAR STEALS:
Fear steals our attention away from God. "Distraction" is a well known tactic of pickpockets and thieves. Diversions can come in the form of a promotion or a demotion, a celebration or a catastrophe, it doesn't matter, as long as it “steals” the focus of our spirit away from God. Without continuous communion with God, we are like trees or flowers cut off from sunshine, and we will eventually fade and wither back from opportunities to flourish. Fear wants to keep us far from the sustainers of life such as love, joy and peace, and especially far from the power of God to defeat darkness. Unless we can hear God’s voice, we are lost. It is therefore extremely important for our spirit to develop a “continuous” relationship with God.
STAGE 2 - FEAR KILLS:
Fear kills our “wi-fi” connection to heaven … by shutting down our soul. Our soul acts like a modem between heaven and the earth, and it is how we experience God’s light and love. Darkness wants to kill the soul because a lack of love is like quicksand for humans. Our soul is where our deepest and most exciting hopes and dreams have a heartbeat, and where we develop our best ideas. Our soul is a divine connection to everything good that heaven has to offer, and if that connection is “killed”, then our spirit turns to counterfeits from the earth … love is replaced with lust, joy is replaced with noise, and eternal prosperity is replaced with temporary symbols of success. When we can’t hear from God through our souls, then we try to do things for ourselves. Without a direct divine link to God through our soul, we lose our vision and destiny, and we make a lot of mistakes ... and worse ... we lack the means to find God given solutions. Fear wants to kill the soul because the soul is the opposite of depression, and the soul is a highway to God’s love. It is extremely important to keep our God given hopes, dreams and power alive.
STAGE 3 - FEAR DESTROYS:
Fear destroys human bodies. Fear wants to destroy all human bodies from off the face of the earth, because humans have the potential to carry the Presence of God. We are conduits of light, love, forgiveness, healing, prosperity and power … which means that humans are a great threat to darkness. The devil’s hatred of humans isn’t personal ... we are just in the way … the devil’s ultimate goal is to steal the earth away from God. The earth is a prize beyond our comprehension. If we understood this, then we would not treat it or each other like we do. The earth is so “extremely” rare and important to God, that it may well be the singular reason why we were made from it and why we were placed here ... which makes us the bane of the devil. The devil's end game is to steal the earth away from God by destroying the presence of humans by any means possible. It is therefore very important that we take care of our bodies, and that we carry the Holy Spirit of God within us.
Darkness wants to "steal" the attention of our spirit away from God, to "kill" the connection of our soul to the throne of God, and to "destroy" our body from carrying the Presence of God on the earth ... in that order ... and as scary as that sounds, defeating darkness is as simple as turning on a light. God says that Jesus Christ is that LIGHT.
“True Prosperity” belongs to the person who has unlimited multi-dimensional resources that cannot be drained or destroyed … and in God’s eyes … that belongs to the person who is not afraid to find themselves alone in a desert ... hundreds of miles from everything except for sand and a blazing sun … and in their relationship with God, they are watered, fed, healed, protected, guided, and full of wisdom and ingenuity.
“True Prosperity” is a connection to the “unseen wells” of God.
This is what Jesus did … He found Himself alone in the desert and God took care of Him … and when He returned … He used His experience and relationship with God, to show the world how we too can be connected to an eternal supply of healing and resources.
“True Prosperity” in the desert is essential to understand, because in a land of plenty it is all too easy to lose sight of where wealth really comes from.
Do not confuse what God provides, with what we build. Our ability to grow food and create communities and commerce is a good thing, but only as long as it is infused with God ... because if we do not honour God, then we will teach the next generation to depend upon something that can disappear in a moment.
15 And when it was evening, His disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
18 He said, Bring them hither to Me.
19 And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He Blessed, and Brake, and Gave the loaves to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
Humans have become increasingly aware of the “probability” that things “will” go wrong, so much so, that the earth has become a casino. Our daily routine has become a lottery, in which the dice is rolled by someone else, and the outcome seems out of our control.
Though humans have had many successes, the overall record is not a great one. We live with one foot in heaven and one foot in hell, until the chasm becomes so wide that we are forced to make a choice …some choose God, some choose the devil, and some get lost in between. Even those who say that they believe in God, instead of saying “We’ve lost another battle!”, they say “It was meant to be!”, as if God had no more control than they did, or worse, had a hand in the woe.
In contrast, Jesus Christ talks about a realm that supersedes anything that darkness has to say about it, because Jesus lives in a realm of pure “certainty”. There are no odds of failure in heaven because there is no gambling in heaven. The concept of “gambling” is so full of darkness, that the word “gamble” does NOT exist in the Presence of God, because it implies a sense of risk or sleight of hand.
The concept of statistical “odds” can only exist where there is an inherent inequality or a wager against failure. It is a human-made concept that flies in the face of an infinite universe and the love that governs it. In the greatest of ironies, humans believe it is “risky” to trust in God, when God gave us JESUS so that we can live above THE ODDS.
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
Psalm 112:7 KJV
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.
Most humans only experience “post-giveness”. It is a form of forgiveness that takes place “after” a perceived wrong has taken place. The person who has been wronged, weighs and measures the offence, and then meters out a response that may or may not absolve the offender.
In contrast, Jesus enacted “pre-giveness”. Jesus went down through time ahead of us, and paid for every possible offence to holiness, before it was ever committed. Can you imagine standing before your fiancé on your wedding day, and proclaiming that you “pre-give” them every possible offence that they will do to you over the course of your marriage? Can you imagine forming a business, in which you announce to your partners, that you “pre-give” them every possible malicious thing that they will ever do to you in that corporation, as well as pay for all the damages? Well that is exactly what Jesus did!
Jesus loves us so much, that before this world and its universe was formed, Jesus committed to paying in full, for every wrong ever committed, by every human ever created. Therefore all we have to do is accept God’s free gift of pre-giveness.