“The Lord delivers not with sword and spear, for the battle belongs to the Lord.”
I Samuel, 17:47
Rightfully opposing the humanistic rule of Saul, David showed how the nations around Israel were supposed to be conquered: with trust and obedience to the Lord.
Where was all the strength of arms from Saul and his army, when they faced the Philistines?
Because they were by themselves, their force was not enough. They couldn’t believe in the victory, because they believed only in THEIR own victory. David won the battle they couldn’t because he was not a champion of men and of Israel, but he was a champion of the Lord, acting by Faith. After all, the Lord can win whatever battle He wishes, at His pleasure. Why should David regard his victory as a product of his arms and weapons, to try to calculate and to know the way to win, if it’s only the Lord’s decision that matters?
If we try to stand by ourselves we became liars.
Isn’t the Grace of the Lord that sustains our life every second?
Why do we pretend to stand independent? What is at the core of this lie?
Gnosis, the source of all adultery and idolatry. The choice for knowledge and power.
We are free to be liars if we just decide to be. And God does everything in a way that our freedom can always be preserved like Isaiah said: “Truly, You are a God that hides Thyself, O Lord, our Savior!”
So Faith can be our only Justice, perfect and pure as the Love of God deserves to be believed.
The very reason proclaimed in malice for distrust will be revealed as the reason that justifies Faith.
His ways are, indeed, perfect… How could we state high enough His wisdom? No words are enough…
“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying His voice? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, to be docile then to offer the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination and stubbornness is like iniquity and idolatry. Since you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has also rejected you.”
I Samuel, 15:22
Obedience is sweet as penance is bitter.
For the Lord have more pleasure in our faithfulness than in our correction, in the use of his staff then of his rod.
What is not separated doesn’t need to be amended.
To stay close is easier than to go away and to be taken back.
All this must be said because of the pride in suffering that some people hold uselessly in their hearts, for no real benefit. The tragic sense of life as an endless walking in the shadows, trying to hit some success to then be saved again and again from all misdoings, is nothing else but a perversion of the peace and joy of real obedience.
But what is obedience? How can one be obedient?
I found it much easier to understand obedience through the path of humility. As gratitude, obedience can be seen as a consequence or a fruit of humility. Since man can’t be, by themselves, good, wise, and strong as they are supposed to be, humility recognizes the real source of all goodness, wisdom, and strength as the Grace of the Lord. And through that man can accept the ruling of the Lord in the good things as in the bad things, being grateful and obedient.
Therefore, if we try to be what we can’t, like in following the human rules alone, being the religious or the secular ones, we are going to fail, and we will fall into cynicism or into hypocrisy.
If, on the other hand, man try to accept the rule of the Lord being grateful to Him for all good, and accepting all suffering without rebellion as His rule is perfect and absolute, then there is no illusion of pride to prevent the Grace to work extensively, and man can find true rest, peace and joy.
Obedience to God as the following of man-made rules is presumptuous as all divination arts, and can only generate suffering. It is a big source of power, to accuse, to charge guilt over tired shoulders, and then to offer an expensive payout. The base of this madness is the sadism of some few towards the masochism of the many, replicating over and over the tradition of pride for suffering and for holding power.
In total opposition, Love is this self-regulatory authority that restrains power, an untouchable instance above all control, hovering freely and dangerously over any limitations. Belief in Love is incompatible with pride for suffering and for power. And that is the reason why all the powers of this world will always fight a struggle of life and death against the true testimony of the sufficiency of God’s Love. This is why Jesus is really dangerous: His message destroys all bondage and slavery.
Saul and the Amalekites
Samuel severely rebuked the disobedience of Saul and revealed that God have rejected him as a king.
Saul presumed that God would prefer the taking of some spoil from the Amalekites for a sacrifice, then the complete destruction of the people and their possessions. In his presumption he disobeyed, distorting the rule of God to suit his own convenient interpretation.
The translation of this case for the spiritual life, in general, is made by the enforcement of the strictness of the religious rule by the power of the oral tradition. Saul disobeyed a direct command by doing a personal decision of conscience, a liberal interpretation, and that constitutes a crime as big as the divinatory arts of sorcery.
In the same way, the authorities of the religious traditions condemn the praise of Love and the ruling of the individual consciousness as this destructive liberal path that brings open disobedience against the Law.
If that is the case, why I have collected this particular passage about Saul and the Amalekites?
Curiously, the first time I read this passage in my own path of Faith, I got an entirely different interpretation. My view was that all human presumption of knowledge over the will of God was vain and futile. Saul was not disobeying Samuel and the religious interpretation of the rule of God: he was disobeying God directly. He was not living with God, and therefore could not listen to God’s voice in his heart, so his freedom drifted him away from God’s wishes. One could always say that the case proofs that the individual interpretation drifted Saul away to disobedience when the less individualistic and strict following of God’s commands through the instruction of Samuel would result in obedience.
But how can one be really obedient, if not being individually responsible?
Isn’t obedience the free personal individual acceptance of the rule of God?
This whole idea against personal responsibility is at least a distraction, and maybe even an antispiritual conception. Let’s check this.
Saying that Saul should obey the command received through Samuel independently of his personal relationship with God is the denial of the possibility of that relation, and therefore the spiritual uselessness of his anoitance. It is at the individual level that the spiritual life exists really. It makes no sense to say that Saul was spiritually worse because he was more individually conscious and free. Should he be less free and automated? God had all this trouble creating free creatures, so they could decide to be commanded as robots? Of course not. The whole meaning of the spiritual life is the free acceptance of the rule of God, and that can be done only personally and individually. And this is why pointing to the direct instructions from Samuel works as a distraction, because if that particular instruction, in that particular case, was so strong and perfect like the force of gravity or like any mathematical equation, then it doesn’t matter the questioning about the source of authority, just the individual free reaction from Saul. The oral tradition loves to point to this infallibility as the base of the condemnation of Saul because this can be borrowed to justify the ruling of the current religious authority. But the inconvenience of his behavior as a personal deviation was possible only if also the personal acceptance of the rule of God could happen.
His rejection was personal as his acceptance should also be personal. Otherwise, we are talking again about that spiritual bolshevism under the rule of the Bishop, the collectivism that empowers the System of the Beast.
If we just compare Saul with David, we can see this clearly, because David was not in less use of his individual freedom and personal relationship with God. Religiously speaking, David could be even less prominent than Saul. Saul was a more honorable member of the nation and tribe and was anointed according to the will of the people because this is what they wanted, the appearance of honor and value. David, on the other hand, was anointed by the will of God, and that is not because he was the most obedient to the authority of religion, but because he lived before God and listened to the Law of God in his heart.
Saul actually presumed for the benefit of his own practice of religion: sacrificing for the profit of the human power, working the magic of paying tributes to be able to do his own will, presuming to have the knowledge of the will of God instead of obeying a direct command.
And this is the key to understand the whole matter: what is the direct command of God?
Religion sells the knowledge from their own oral tradition as the correct interpretation of the Law of God, in which case the ruling of individual consciousness is rebuked as heretical liberalism, or in the better cases is isolated as a mystical experience that should not interfere with the major legalistic order.
But was that the case with Saul and the Amalekites?
Saul was the anointed King of Israel and literally received direct commands from God through the prophet Samuel. The destruction of the Amalekites was a direct order from God (I Sam, 15:3).
This can be compared with the right of ruling from the religious tradition only if we understand that the infallibility of Samuel is perfectly transferred to his wanna-be heirs. In other terms: the prophetic authority was religious so the current religious authority can be also prophetic?
That is impossible by the testimony of the future prophets themselves since false prophecy not only grows but actually grasps the control of the religion many times. True prophecy is a mystery, not a human property. No, there is no infallibility in religion as there is no infallibility in human “prophecy”.
What the Word of God testifies in the case of Saul was his personal disobedience, for the seeking of his own personal power, managing the very religious practice to suit his will, as he did collecting spoils for sacrifices and also by erecting a monument for himself in Carmel (I Sam, 15:12).
If Saul’s disobedience was rooted in his personal pride and lust for power, THAT was the source of his departure from the presence of the Lord. He only disobeyed personally because he could obey personally; the order from God through the mouth of the prophet could be personally disregarded only because it could also be personally accepted.
The prophetic authority could not and would never deny the perfect rule of living in His Presence or to recognize the wisdom of His Name as the One Who Is. This is practiced, otherwise, by the false prophets, who want to usurp the authority of God and to have power over men.
Obeying the Law of Love
I had all this trouble, working at least three times more than usual, just to explain how obedience is not the following of the authority of the human traditions. If that was any more complicated, I could get to the conclusion that just ignoring the passage was a better solution.
Since at least I hope, it is now clear that the whole point is not to deny the personal responsibility for obedience, let’s concentrate on the main question: how can we be obedient after all?
If God rules with a will that can’t be known, how can that will be obeyed?
If we don’t have the knowledge, how can we be disobedient for not following a Law that we ignore?
Well, to answer this question we need to understand what we mean when we think about knowledge itself.
As a human property, controlled by the human intellect, knowledge is an understanding that can be stabilized in some form of language and then collectively shared. We could even risk saying that human knowledge is the human language, the discursive power, the logical reasoning of arguments using terms commonly accepted. If we accept this idea, then it is very clear how that knowledge is limited, since the human language as a capacity to represent reality in discoursive terms is extremely poor, if you take the point of view of the experienced reality. If you take the point of view of human knowledge, it works like a machine, like a computer, that can’t just recognize its own ignorance because can’t project any possible knowledge transcending its own capacity. This very limited point of view can be universalized, and that is the trapping of the human consciousness inside the limits of human reason. In spiritual terms, this is the pride that produces false idols to be worshipped in the place of God. Gnosis is, therefore, the source of all idolatry: the belief in the power of knowledge as control and domain.
We can only have, as something that is our property and is under our control, something that has the appearance of knowledge because of our capacity to manipulate it, and because of our ability to share it collectively. Human knowledge must be a peer reviewable idea that is necessarily limited by the channel used as a medium to the transmission. Basically, if we have control of our knowledge, then we can only know what is under our control, and any truth away from our control is away from the range of our knowledge.
Universal truth must be transcendental, otherwise, it is just a human invention.
And being so the case, knowledge as the understanding of this universal truth can’t be human property. The human intellect can point and talk about the truth, but can’t have domain and control over it. Human knowledge, when is well wielded, is an analogous expression of the ultimate truth that transcends always the human intellect.
But if we just have, as our intellectual property, an analogy of real knowledge, how can we be obedient to the will of God? If His will is truthful on a level that can’t be grasped by the human intellect, how could we be responsible for obeying or disobeying?
The answer, as usually is the case, is contained in the premise: we can be obedient by being humble and assuming our ignorance of His will.
Reality is under His control, not under ours.
Our obedience will be produced by His Grace in our lives, as we live, step by step, in His presence, and in constant waiting for His rulings and decrees. His will and His Law are printed in His Providence, and it is inescapable.
We obey by living in His presence, knowing His will in the very experience of our lives, instead of dealing with the analogy of His will in our mind. Our “knowledge” of His will is this petrified failure, this disgraceful pretension to lock the will of the Almighty inside the understanding of the mind of a mere creature.
But this can be so, so scary. Freedom is scary because you just need to trust, you can’t really control, you can’t be good on your own terms. You can just trust.
Those that confess their blindness will see God because they are living in trusting Him.
But those who think they can see God already will, if they insist in their pretension, be rejected because they failed in living by pure trust in His Grace.
We obey the Law of Love by believing in Love, trusting that the will of God will always triumph, waiting always for His Providence to rule our lives, and in what depends on our judgment, deciding with our best consciousness at any given time. The Lord Himself said once: don’t ask for any power, because you can’t be found as just before God.
Humility prevents the human ambition to know the will of God, and this is how we can be ruled by His will, by trusting in Him alone, since all reality bends to His will.
To obey the Law is to believe in His Love ruling everything in our lives and around us, to infinity.
Any other law is a human pretension to know the Law above all our capacity and serves only for the sake of power, intimidation, bondage, and slavery. When Love alone is not assured by trust and goodwill, man becomes like a god to himself, and everything falls into chaos and destruction. This is the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge: the sin against Love, the distrust and malice of pride, an endless accusation and condemnation that turns against all life in the end. This is the heart of darkness, a wish for death and destruction without limits, because who can really stand to do justice?
Well, Jesus Christ stands to do justice.
The Son of God, perfect before the Father, is the Justice for the entire creation.
He justifies all free men that believe in the Love of God and that live by Grace alone through His free gift of life.
This is the fruit of the Tree of Life: the acceptance of Love, the trust and belief, a wish for a life that never ends.
Let the proud and unfaithful rot while they try to see with their own eyes and win this impossible game they are trying to play.
Let the faithful live by trusting, and let Faith alone be their only justice.
This is how you obey the Law of Love: you trust God and His ruling for your entire life. You walk your steps in the way built by His Providence. And in what depends on your judgment, you do your best in goodwill, because you trust He is not setting a trap to you. Just on contrary, even if you fail and stumble, He saves you from falling.
Obedience is the sweetness of our hearts to accept His will as what it is: inevitable, irresistible, and invincible.
Trust is sweet and liberating, it is the hope for this ever-coming promise, this continuous fulfilling of His will regardless of all resistance.
It’s not that Love will triumph… it already had. Obedience is surrendering to that.
“Do not turn aside from following Him, to go after empty things that cannot do good or deliver, for the idols are void.”
I Samuel, 12:21
The idols usurp the blessings from the Grace of God to mount their illusions.
If the Grace ever stopped, the denial of Grace would immediately cease.
All magic and art, all science and technology, all knowledge and power are possible only through the use of many blessings from the Lord, starting with the gift of life itself as the base to all experiences and deeds, following through with the creation and stability of nature, including the general health, and the gifts of reason and imagination. All human plans and conspiracies to omit and deny the Grace require countless blessings from the Grace.
For this, we can say that the idols lie: lying is in their essence.
Men are free to believe in lies, and the misuse of this freedom empowers the illusions of the idols.
Following the Lord, on the other hand, secures the human heart against idolatry, because He Is the One Who Is and no one else will be counted at His side: how can one who knows the Name of God by believing in His Love get lost in the false promises of the idols of this world?
The exclusivity of God’s Love and the holiness of His Name empowers the faithful to walk through a straight path. Everything is connected to the Grace, even what seems to contradict our most illustrated expectations and that surpasses our best understanding.
What we found in the world around us is the constant separation and preparation for departure to all faithful, so the work of the idols will be completed to those who have worshiped them. As God is calling his people for salvation, darkness is calling for extinction.
There is a work in progress in this world, where voidness is devouring voidness, and empty hearts are following the empty idols into the abyss of nothingness.
The rejection of Love proclaims the absurdity of counting anything aside from the Lord’s Grace. Instead of believing in the only possible sure path, this world prefers to follow the closest illusion. In the place of trusting in the most firm Rock which is the very foundation of everything that is, the shy and distrustful hearts chose to wander uselessly in the desert of denial.
We can’t put the Fear of God, the recognition of His Presence, in the hearts of the people.
But this we can do: to preach Love, to warn against the disgrace of the idols, and then to walk away from stubbornness. For we are not here to change the freedom of the people, and any attempt of doing this will only create new forms of slavery and idolatry. No. We are here to raise awareness about freedom: to awake the consciousness of spiritual life, so the people can have a chance to make a responsible decision.
As the world is doing its part testifying for the illusions and promoting the spiritual adultery, so the faithful will also testify about the belief in Love and spiritual fidelity, to the end of this world.
Let the void devour the void. Each generation is delivering its fruits, and that is what matters for the purpose of eternal life. The waste will be wasted as a price to be paid to have a good harvest.
“Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you. For they have not rejected you, rather they rejected Me from being King over them.”
I Samuel, 8:7
Since the times of Adam, all that God was always looking to was to have a relationship with His creatures, so they can know Him as a loving Father.
Because of the perfection of His work, both angels and men were made with complete freedom to accept or to reject His Love. For He never wanted forced children, programmed to “love”: there is no true love without freedom because Love is always out of control. In a way, it is an antithesis to power, though for this very same reason Love is the justice of Power: the only will that deserves to rule with infinite Power is the will of pure Love.
The perfection of the Creation in the making of the free creatures required from God the payment of three very expensive prices: 1) the acceptance of the possibility of rejection; 2) the acceptance of the engagement of the free creatures with darkness and evil; and 3) the sacrifice of the Son of God to justify all the Creation, giving testimony of perfect Love and pointing the evilness of accusation and judgment forever.
Humans are very accustomed to feel pain as injustice and complaining about it. They barely perceive, in doing this, two inherent injustices that they are doing: disregarding their own spontaneous expectation for Love as a proof for their spiritual reality of needing Love (otherwise complaining against “injustice” would make no sense), and disregarding that although we don’t deserve to be spared from any suffering intrinsically, God is going through all of this only for our own sake, because He is experiencing our suffering that should not ever take place in His presence. Although God suffers nothing as nothing can touch His everlasting peace and joy, because of His Love He goes through witnessing many things that He shouldn’t if were not for His Love for us. Who is committing the real injustice here?
The period of the kings
Let’s check the period of the kings briefly, so we can have some historical perspective.
Before Saul, the first anointed king over the people of God, the people were ruled by God through the Prophets. Although the people have failed sometimes even under that previous ruling –as we can check with the power exercised by Aaron and the Levite priests in the building of a religion–, that model was better because the source of authority was more evident. The Prophet working as a messenger and agent, the people could live before God without the confusion about the ruling and the source of power and authority.
Again and again, we can see the warnings from Moses himself against the disobedience of the people. That is because the rule of God can be rejected since it is the ruling of a spiritual Law over free men. Prophets can alert and accuse, but they can’t change that freedom. The anointed king, however, can rule with his own laws by his own power, creating a larger distance between the people and God, being he a more exclusive intermediary agent to the ruling of God than the Prophets were before.
Therefore, in the period of the kings, the people of God goes on in disobedience, imitating the costumes of the other nations around them, exactly as they were warned not to do.
As they did before, building a religion with all the external signs and rituals like the nations around did, to have cultural power to “possess” the truth, now they wanted to build a nation with a ruling king made of flesh and blood, to have political power and man-made laws and “justice”.
And all that was done because the ruling of God is completely out of control. The majority of the people can’t accept that much freedom, to live under the rule of the Law of Love, because they are scared, their hearts faint over the pure trust in the Love of God. There is no room for human pride before the Love of God. How can men stand worthy and have any power?
Like religion, the political ruling is also a source of human power and control. The people of God were warned not to imitate the nations around, but they did it nevertheless because they couldn’t live in the pure trust of Love, they couldn’t live only by Grace. They admired and desired the same power of the nations around them, to proclaim the purity of their own religion and the justice of their own laws and of their own king.
In the period of the kings, we saw again how the people of God were chosen to be an example before all the nations and peoples of the world.
Rejection is rejected
Love is so much the meaning of life, that the rejection of Love is the rejection of life itself.
A brief time is given to the building of all the illusions and idols of the world, just in time so every heart in every generation is given the real choice between light and darkness, so life can go on forever.
Life will go on forever, to those who accepted Love.
All weaknesses can be forgiven, all limitations can be overcome, all confusions can be undone, but for the rejection of Love, there is no remedy. That is the mortal sin that can’t be cured because it is the disbelief in the very cure.
Rejection will be rejected.
Distrust, malice, hatred, judgment, all this will vanish forever.
Rejection will have its five minutes of power, till Love will come and consume it all.
“He guards the steps of those faithful to Him, but the wicked fade away in darkness. For men does not prevail by might.”
I Samuel, 2:9
Standing by ourselves, we have no chance. Who we are? A group of insignificant ants in an insignificant universe, prone to fall into entropy and chaos, to be dispersed and discharged like trash. Idolatry prospers selling the illusion that our disconnection from God can get to anything different from this if we just invent our own false meanings.
The wicked believe in the “standing by ourselves”, in men saving himself, in the existence of order out of chaos by the human providence. They believe in enlightenment, in the “lights of reason”, and they become the illuminated, the mighty builders of civilizations and temples.
The human might is provided by the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge: Gnosis. That is the source of science and religion, technology and magic, numbers and words. In one word: the source of power.
But this is a trap.
Conceded for what before eternity looks like 5 seconds, the open way to the prosperity of the idols will be closed soon enough.
The faithful quietly see the deep wisdom in all this, and they stay sober. They give testimony of the true wisdom that this world judged like foolishness: the testimony of Love.
The arrogance can’t look down to its own feet of clay. Love is just too cheap and easy before the might of the power of Gnosis. The wicked get drunk from the wine of the Prostitute of this world. The more they think they can see, the more they get blind. And when they get to see the light in the end, without repentance, it will be the light of an extinguishing fire.
The faithful know they can’t see by themselves, and this is why their steps are guarded, and as it is written, “even if they stumble, they don’t come to fall”. They will see the light in the end, because they have believed in it deep in their hearts.
Those who claim to see the light from themselves will be destroyed when the true light arrives.
Those who trust in the light they can’t see will live to look and marvel.
“He raises the helpless from the dust. He lifts the needy from the dunghill, to make them sit with nobles, granting them a seat of honor. For the earth’s pillars are Lord’s, and He has set the world on them.”
I Samuel, 2:8
By our most high smartness no one of us wants to be found helpless and needy, but before the Lord how can we be found in any other way?
Who can be counted as rich before the Almighty?
There is deep and rich wisdom in the recognition of the helplessness and necessity of the creature before the Creator. But there is a price for this, and even being small, it must be paid: humility.
If all can be found helpless and needy, not all can be found in humbleness. And the same blessings that grace the humble whose heart is closer to God can disgrace the proud whose heart is away from the Lord.
Appearances can be very deceiving, and that is in the nature of the idols: to deceive in appearance. Since the power, the wisdom, and the beauty of God can’t be fully manifested in any creation, only through loving the Creator can we trust in the revelation of His Glory to come and resist to fall to the seduction of the idols. What is revealed already, what is manifested before us? Only a spark, a small sign of His Glory. Trusting in the source we can be released from any bondage towards the creation. Doesn’t matter how impressive and rich looks the work of God before us, that’s only a sample of the everlasting possibilities.
But if we forget the Creator, the brightness of the creation can dazzle us. Idolatry is what we do when we lie to ourselves about what deserves our worship: we miss the target because we can’t see the Creator in His creation. But why do we miss it? Because the qualities of the creation can be dominated by the human mind, can be understood, controlled, or imitated somehow, but God can only be reached by pure trust in His Love. Although our philosophies can reach some of the divine qualities by reasoning, we can’t ever be sure of the deep nature of God if we don’t recognize the will, or the final cause, that motivates the manifestation of all the divine qualities. And that deep nature is God’s Love, beyond all the human reason and imagination, reachable only by our belief and pure trust.
Idolatry, therefore, is caused by human pride. It is a shame to be found helpless and needy because Love can only be trusted, never dominated. The fear to surrender before Love causes slavery to the idols. Because we are spiritual creatures, made for belief and worship.
This is one of the many beautiful ironies of the spiritual life: the humble can be exalted because they have the heart of a king, but the proud must be humiliated because they have the heart of a slave.
The heart of a king
We can check this very clearly in this very book from the Prophet Samuel when we learn the story of King David.
King Saul was the choice of the people, dazzled by external appearances, while King David was the choice of God that knows the secret nature of men: his heart.
David was humble. The lesser brother inside a lesser family, he was a simple shepherd that glorified the Lord every day, and that not to perform rituals and practice religion, but as the reality of his spiritual life before God alone. David was not living before the world of creatures but before the Creator. He was helpless and needy many times, and that didn’t cause any rebellion in his heart, just the oppose: he found pleasure just in living with the Lord.
We can find this again and again in the Psalms: the testimony of the purity of spiritual life, regardless of the circumstances always living with God and wanting only for Him.
The testimony of the heart of a king.
Real nobility and honor
Since the Love of God is the meaning, the source, and the destiny of all life, the real nobility and honor in life rest in the recognition of the ruling of Love.
Real nobility and honor can be found only in the trusting belief in the Love of God.
Where is the human worth?
In be found blessed and saved by the Love of God.
For what other reason are we living? How else can we contribute to the glorification of the Almighty? What else can we do beyond surrendering to His Love and praising Him as our savior, the giver of life, and all gifts of life?
Jesus Christ revealed that it is in our weakness that all the strength can be found. Because the Love of God is revealed in our salvation. And He promised to save the weak Church of Philadelphia, the Church that was not rich of anything but the promise of salvation. And Jesus lives that story himself, being the Christ with the message of the fidelity of Love. Jesus is the Messiah because only the Son of God can be the promised son of David. The rich and powerful Solomon was found unworthy, and his heart, corrupted. In Jesus, we found the fulfillment and the justification of the entire creation, because in his heart there is Love alone since he lives in the perfection of the will of the Father. That is the worthy heart of the King of Kings.
That is the source of kingship: living with God and by His Love alone.
“It is the Lord that causes death and makes life, that brings down to the Abyss and raises up. He is the One who makes poor and makes rich, that humiliates and exalts.”
I Samuel, 2:6
Living by Grace pays honorary tribute to the exclusive authority and rule of God over life, and recognizes the wisdom of His Name. And although living by Grace indeed opens the gates of the human life to the reception of many blessings, these are not even necessary to have peace and joy because the trust in the ruling of the Lord is more than enough to cause any soul to find rest.
The psychic mentality of this world, made from the habits of spiritual adultery and idolatry, can’t understand the intrinsic logic of spiritual life and its sufficiency. The human mind is always trading benefits, translating risks and rewards, prices and returns, progressing in the neglect of transcendence in trying to find meaning to the immanence within the realm of immanence, omitting the Oneness of the Lord trying to find the perfection of the multiplicity in the realm of multiplicity.
In the place of the simplicity of every crated being receiving perfection being completed by the infinite power of the Creator, the control-obsessed human mind wants to produce the impossible rising of the creature ascending to perfection by its own means. The psychic life is an endless grinding for the impossible, a source of tormenting volition, always depressed by failing results and anxious for the next illusions in line.
The adulterous arrogance of the belief in an autonomous natural causality means the idolatry of Nature. And walking in this path prevents the life in peace and joy that is possible only through glorifying the Lord as the master of life and death, of blessings and curses, of our entire destiny. If God is not Almighty to rule over all, who is disputing power against Him? Naturalism requires Gnosticism, the sacrament of distrust and doubtfulness.
You can avoid the chaos and voidness of doubt if you just glorify Him, trusting in His Love. Otherwise, the path of life is shut. And as Jesus did, we can also ask: what is the profit for a man, if he wins the whole world but loses his life?
“As I Myself live forever, when I sharpen My lightning sword and My hand seizes Justice, I will return vengeance on My foes, and those who hate Me I will pay back.”
The message of love contains no threats, but the lost sheep must be warned about the consequences of disobedience if they decide to be like goats in the end. The staff guides the obedient, as the rod corrects the disobedient. The purpose of the rod is not to threaten or to harm, but to correct. There is vengeance coming against the hatred and the rejection of love, and not warning about this destiny would be actually lack of love and caring.
The day of reckoning is coming. That is the day of Justice: the end of all lies and illusions that currently prosper in this world and keep the ignorant enslaved. That is the day of vengeance against those who profit in keeping the world in darkness, the producers and sellers of illusions and idols.
This should be looked at as beneficial even to those shy hearts that can’t make the decision to trust love. Since they can’t move in the direction of love, at least they will be spared from the lies of darkness, and will finally meet an end to their slavery. Justice is absolute even to those foes hereby referred, because they are also enslaved in their production of lies. The world will know the Justice of the Lord, the day of the liberation from the bondage of lies and the slavery to the idols.
The sword of Eden
This lightning sword could very well be the same that have protected the Garden of Eden, the Paradise Lost, after the fall of men. The sword is the Word of God: the truthful testimony about Life. Life can be accessed only through the Word: Jesus Christ Himself and His loving testimony of salvation and the mercy of God.
The same way the Word of God has protected the access to the Tree of Life, so only the faithful believers in the Love of God could receive eternal life through living by Grace, the same weapon will be used to do justice against those who refuse to trust in Love.
The Lamb of God will come back as the Lion, the King of Kings: to destroy and to conquer.
The entire Creation belongs to Him. After the Revelation of the Lord, He will take what belongs to Him, He will claim His possession forever.
Hatred will be paid back
Who are the foes of God?
Those who paid back love with hatred, the mercy with despise, and the fidelity with distrust.
Those who again and again chosen to reject salvation and forgiveness, to give their backs to God and their faces to the world, to look for the dreams and plans of their own hearts regardless of the will of God.
Especially, the hatred that will be paid back is the one who took the form of the building of the current system of lies, the engagement in the fabric of illusions of the System of the Beast, the profiting from the continuous slavery of the nations of the earth, hiding the Word of God and placing idols to be worshipped.
Of course, the Word will be vindicated. Those that refused the peace of the Word will know the justice of it. Those that refused to be protected by the Sword will be corrected by it.
So small was the price to be paid in humility, but so great will be the price to be paid in humiliation.
That Day will be a happy day for all that have long waited for the victory of Justice and the triumph of the Truth. What is a threat to some, is a hope for others. Once more, we will decide where we will be, from what we treasure in our hearts.
“See now: I AM, and apart from me there is no other god! I AM the one who takes life and gives it, I AM the one who wounds and heals again, and nobody can get away from my hand.”
If we could ever borrow any concept from the philosophical “wisdom” of the world to give us an edge in understanding the spiritual dimension, that would be the Neoplatonic concept of the oneness of God and the total dependency that all the multiple reality has under Him to exist in any form. But we don’t need that if we have the real wisdom, which is the belief in the name of the Lord. And even a good case could be made for the opposite to be the truth: that human philosophy has borrowed, or even stolen, the idea of oneness from the revelation of the wisdom of the Name.
Whatever the case may be, if one asks me about what is the most essential things to know about spiritual life, among the recognition of love as the final cause of reality, the primacy of freedom of belief over knowledge, and the key of humility to open the heart to love, I would mention for sure the oneness of God, the wisdom of His Name. Because before the supremacy of God all darkness fades away, and all confusion gets dispersed.
This is why the Lord is called “The Rock” by the faithful because nothing can stand His might, and the trust in His love is our only sureness necessary in life.
At the end of the Book of Deuteronomy Moses remembers the first fervor of the Faith in the simple awareness of the transcendence of God. And THIS is how we get away from adultery and idolatry: we declare that He Is the only One who Is, and this is learned from the testimony of God about Himself, in such a way that He can be called as guarantor to the witnessing of Him. This is tremendously powerful and liberating.
Accepting or rejecting the Cross
So, if you have any real problem, any complaint about any injustice in life, you have a problem WITH HIM.
And guess what? That’s YOUR problem because God can’t be charged with anything.
Jesus is the Lord of Lords because He performs the perfect loving obedience to the will of the Father, regardless of the injustice of evil in this world. He carried the Cross so we can carry our own. And we do this by accepting the suffering for the consequences of the deeds of evil because we trust in God since we believe He is Almighty. Being faithful we can’t accuse God of not being a loving Father, because we can’t put ourselves in the impossible position of accusation against One that surpasses us in everything. By doing that we are accepting the Cross, not only our own individual cross but the salvation from the Cross of Jesus Christ for us because we believe in Love.
If we keep the absurd accusation against God, we reject not only our own personal cross –because we want to be found innocent and worthy of living–, but also the Cross of Jesus. Because we reject that the Son of God Himself was supposed to suffer for Love, being really innocent and saint. We declare that Jesus can’t be the Son of God, so that liar deserved to be crucified. So, rejecting our suffering for love, we reject Jesus suffering for love and we accuse him of being a liar, so spiritually we crucify Jesus again. Because we can’t believe in the victory of love over evil.
This is why the Cross is the center of all reality and not only of the human reality. The justification for the entire creation is centered in the free creatures since they must make a choice, and the Cross is the epicenter of that choice: accepting love winning over evil, or rejecting love altogether because free creatures should not exist to commit evil. On one side is trusting and mercy, on the other side stands the accusation and the judgment.
The inevitability of God, and of Life or Death
Isn’t those words revealed by Moses the fairest disclaimer about spiritual life ever?
The Most High is very fair and straight in His own testimony: you can’t escape Him. Don’t even try, don’t lose your time.
And I should also say: if you choose to do so, at least don’t waste MY time. Because for the sake of everything in this world people prefer to miss the realization of Love, and not being content of doing that with themselves, they want to drag everyone else into that same black hole, that endless void. As a faithful person, you should remember that the refusal to recognize the Lord comes from a sovereign free-will that people have, and if you stay around their stubbornness being stubborn yourself about having “peace” with this world, you can be dragged into this spiritual sewer, and it will be your fault.
If you trust God and have Faith in His Love, you believe in the inevitability of Life for you, as if other people distrust God and His Love, they believe in that final death sentence that is coming also inevitably. As faithful we rest by the same ensured law that keeps unrested the unfaithful: the Law of Love for the salvation of those who choose life, and for the condemnation of those who choose death.
“I will hide My face from them, I want to see their hereafter. For they are an upside down generation, children with no faithfulness in them. They made Me jealous with a non-god. They vexed Me with airy idols. So I will make them jealous with a non-people. With a foolish nation I will vex them.”
Like I said before, it makes no sense to fight against the System of the Beast when the empowerment of these rulers is a consequence of the disobedience of the people. We don’t fight against flesh and blood, but against the evil spirits, against the lies ruling this fallen world. The SoB is empowered by the disobedience of the ignorant and their continuous adultery, in a way that makes the works of evil useful to the correction of the people of God.
If the people don’t have to deal with the consequences of their choices, how can they be corrected and choose repentance?
The problem with the narrative of intra-dimensional spiritual warfare starts when people believe in this illusion of a “lost paradise”, which works like a fantasy tale to enforce the lies of Gnosticism. There is no fallen condition from which we need to be restored. There is no kingdom of God in the present world. The Curse and the Death of Genesis 3 are blessings for those who look for the inter-dimensional spiritual warfare, to those that are not looking to the salvation of a lost reality, to those that have trust in the wisdom of the design of the Creator.
There must be a ruling of the illusions of the idols, there must be a moment for the ephemeral glory of the stupidity and ignorance of the nations to shine. Because each new heart born in each new generation must make a real choice.
Tragedy or Comedy?
There is a tragic side to this story since lots of suffering and misery were not necessary in the first place. The Lord doesn’t have any pleasure in the suffering of His people. But do they want to be His people? Don’t they prefer to dance to the music of the idols of this world? How can they be blessed to keep their doings? They should be spared if they wanted to be spared, but their disobedience force the hand of God into leaving the people to live the way they want and to face the consequences of this choice. And here is where the tragedy turns to be a comedy somehow.
Because there will always be salvation for the repented, as there will be always a calling to get out of the lies of the world, and as there will be a powerful Providence acting to the rescue of the repented. So the suffering, even if it never does satisfy the desire of God for His people, gets a more ridiculous aspect, because it is the suffering caused from the stupidity of masochism that has an end decreed coming very fast. What could end in a tragedy –from what depended on the fallen creatures wishing the perdition of all humans– turns to be mostly a comedy, because only a few stubborn in the way of pure disobedience will be found spiritually useless and will fall to ultimate perdition. Since we believe in the perfection of the design of our Lord, we can’t believe in the perdition of the majority. Our God is not a God of waste or inefficiency: His ways are perfect.
Of course, the idea of the damnation of the majority is a Gnostic one, because it is the belief in a parallel power really disputing authority with God and winning in part. There is no such thing. The sovereignty of God is absolute and everything is made for a reason. Darkness is working in the service of salvation by scaring the lost sheep, so they can choose to be found. Very unfortunately, there will be indeed perdition for part of the harvest, there will be a real waste. But this will not diminish in nothing the Glory of the Almighty, and that means that His love to the salvation of the lost will never cease; what will cease will be the last hope for repentance in the hearts of the disobedient. And this is how all this story can’t really be a tragedy, because the guilt will decree their own condemnation, refusing salvation forever.
We can find real rest, real peace, and joy if we open our hearts to real Faith. Yes, the world is a mess, yes that is all necessary, and yes, this is for the happiest ending possible. How could it be otherwise?
Real Faith is the surrender to the infallibility of Love.