[Jer 7:22-23 KJV] 22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: 23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
In the time that the Lord lead a people out of captivity, out of the mind numbed existence of being housed, fed, watered taught and groomed solely for the purpose of being tools…means to an end in another kingdom’s vision, the Lord at that time said nothing of sacrifices, kings or temples. The only thing the Lord gave them to observe, was to hear His voice. When the people collectively altered the arrangement, asking that Moses be a mediator between them and the Lord, it became the norm. When eventually the people would assess their situation among the rest of the nations, how that the other nations had a king, they lusted to have a king too. This they did in the days of Samuel, and Samuel was told to accommodate them and give them the king they craved. The Lord said to Samuel not to be grieved, as it was not Samuel and his words they were rejecting, it was the Lord. When David, the second king in the succession of accommodation, desired to build a permanent temple, a “house” for the Lord, He was told that while it was a nice thought, it was a logistic impossibility. It stands eternally true, that any desire manifesting itself in man, to build a house for God, is born of two conditions…not knowing Him, and hence, not realizing the impossibility of humanity building Him a house.
[Jer 2:13 KJV] 13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, [and] hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
The Lord spoke to David that He, Lord, would instead build a house for David. And the Lord said He would do this in one who would be born in David’s house. And that one would inherit the Everlasting Throne. And inasmuch as the Throne of God is from everlasting, this is not something that can be built or established. It has always been. Jesus, of whom the Lord spoke to David, would later expound that He overcame and was given to sit in the Father’s throne, and similarly to whoever would in like manner overcome, would He give to sit with Him in that throne. The greatest appeal to me personally, is not the notion of being over anything or anybody, but rather being seated together with Him, who is above all power and authority. This high calling is just about as far from the common vision in the churches as it is possible to be. Theirs is a vision of a pyramid style system of authority, with unending squabbling and posturing as to one’s place in the scheme. But the truth is, if one overcomes, one has departed from this red herring all together. This systemic condition of humanity, either to rule or be ruled, is deep rooted and difficult to overcome. When the first disciples would begin to squabble about who would be over what , and who would sit where in the kingdom, Jesus would repeatedly correct them in their thinking. Once when they desired to forcefully make Him a king (according to their idea of it), Jesus “departed again into a mountain alone”. That place was a picture of what Jesus promised the overcomer. The “mountain” was figurative of the Father, and Jesus alone resorted there, because they did not yet understand. He, having access to that place with the Father, at all times and instantly, already is a king beyond their comprehension. Again, the desire to build a “house” for the Lord is born in ignorance of Him. He has never been homeless.
These things being said, consider that Jesus came to lead many sons (male or female flesh irrelevant) unto glory. He is the first born among many brethren. Who He makes free, is free indeed. Not free in theory, but in fact, and free from foolish squabbling about authority. The Spirit of Christ is authority, as He taught Nicodemus.
The broken, bottomless cistern is built of them who have no fountain in them. To be very plain of speech, where individuals are not lead of the Spirit, they look for some other system or individual who they perceive is. Jesus spoke to an authoritarian, Nicodemus, that as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. This is the arrangement the Lord originally sought with the children of Jacob, in leading them out of servitude, only requiring each to hear His voice. There is a great difference between being lead of the Spirit, and being lead of “spirit filled” leaders. In religious circles they often speak of “leadership training”. To this day, I have no idea what they are talking about. It is foreign thinking to me.
In the days that the children of Israel occupied the figurative land of promise, before they sought a king, they repeatedly walked collectively in their evil imagination, and began to vainly observe the so-called gods of the people of the lands. The comedy of this is, they take a stick or stone, carve or shape it. They overlay it with gold or silver, And then become exactly like the thing they made. They have legs, but go no where, having to be carried everywhere. They have eyes and ears, but no longer see or hear anything. Such is every “house” and system men build. When Jesus began to say that the Kingdom of God is at hand, there is nothing of that Kingdom to be built. The Kingdom and it’s throne are from everlasting. It is not lacking in any point. And what Jesus has provided for us, is a way into that Kingdom. Anyone or anything that leads you to believe you can build the Kingdom in the earth, does not see it. During the days before kings, the Lord repeatedly gave the people judges to help deliver them from their self imposed calamities. One such judge was Gideon, also known as Jerubbaal. He was instrumental in delivering Israel from the oppression of the Midianites. When the people were delivered, they asked Gideon to rule over them, he and his son, and his son’s sons. Gideon told them that neither he, nor his sons would rule over them, because the Lord ruled over them. What happened later is the very picture of what I speak. When Gideon was dead and buried, he had 70 sons by wives, and one son by a slave, a concubine. The one son of a bondwoman conspired with the rest of his city and people to be a king over them, seemingly fulfilling the thing they desired of Gideon. He sent and killed all the remaining free born sons of Gideon, save the youngest, who hid himself. That youngest son stood and cried to them in a parable. To set the stage for the parable, consider that the Fig is a figure of the Father, the Olive of the Spirit, the Vine of Christ. Of Jesus, before He was murdered, it says that All the fullness of God dwelt in Him bodily. After He was raised, and a generation raised in faith in Him, it says, “In Him dwells (present tense) all the fullness of the godhead bodily AND ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power”. The fullness of Christ and of God dwells in a people now. It is not for no reason that Paul chided some, saying, “do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” In his parable, Jotham, the youngest and surviving son, spoke that the Fig, the Olive and the Vine would not give up what they were, to yield to their understanding and be “promoted” to rule over them. Jesus Himself would not be forced or coerced into this folly. Neither should any in Him. Those who seek such things do not see or know the Lord. So the bramble, the slave-born son of bondage rose to the occasion, and ruled over them as king. A thorny flesh rending potentate.
Paul wrote of two Jerusalems. One above, one beneath. Don’t look up and down as though this has to do with the earth and sky. It is spiritual. Jerusalem above is free, and is the “mother” of us all. Jerusalem beneath is in bondage with her children to this day. Paul tells us that this is the picture the Lord provided for us in Sarah and Hagar, Isaac and Ishmael. One was of promise. One was born of lack of faith and patience. The latter always persecutes the former. Not the other way around. Consider that. I am not speaking of flesh, but of spiritual truth.
In this particular time, the multitudes are looking for something or someone to follow. It is no different really, than it ever has been with flesh. It is written that in a great house, there are vessels unto honor, and vessels unto dishonor; vessels of gold and silver, vessels of clay and wood. They are all vessels of the same house, but are clearly different.
[Gal 4:1 KJV] 1 Now I say, [That] the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all: but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the Father.
[Heb 12:22-24 KJV] 22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than [that of] Abel.
In his parable, Jotham reveals the relationship between them who are led of the Spirit, and them who are lead of what is born out of refusing this. The one always persecutes the other, not the other way around. The entire book of Zephaniah is a tale of two cities. One beneath, one above.
As evil as the conditions are that we see imposed by God hating multitudes, there is, and will be, I believe, something worse. Something that will look and feel so “right” to many, that if it were possible, the elect would be deceived. There is no greater terror that them who kill believing they are serving God.