|Short Scripture Explanations by Jesus through Jakob Lorber|
Short Scripture Explanations by Jesus through Jakob Lorber
Heavenly Gifts 3-49 – August 16 and 17, 1842
0. I will give you and the others something very noteworthy and this shall always be carried with oneself and be fully absorbed – also to the children of Ans. H. W. shall this be given. He that will take heed of these things in his heart shall have righteousness in life, and shall walk its straight way, which is full of light and leads to Me! – And so write then:
1. The Servant is not greater than His Lord, nor the Apostle greater than He who sent him – John 13:16
What is therefore the state of today’s servants and apostles, since they establish altars for the servants, and the apostles are honored as if they were more than I! Since all authority is taken away from Me and all honor is usurped – and I must be as the servant and the apostle want it, but not that they would act according to My will! And yet pray: Your will be done! – What does this mean? – Does this not mean to deny God with every fiber?
2. My Yoke is easy, and My Burden is light – Matthew 11:30
But how is it, that men, in order to gain death, would rather put up with whole mountains on their shoulders under the pressure of an iron yoke than just a feather’s fluff of My loving will? – Because they are dead and therefore do not notice how and what presses them! – O how absolutely foolish the world yet is!!!
3. It is the Son of Man, Christ, who alone sows good Seeds – Matthew 13:37
This proves abundantly whose spirit’s children those are that say… ‘Whatsoever does not come from a certain city, or from a certain leader or at least has been approved by him, is the work of Satan.’ – If therefore the Son of Man does not do according to the will of this city (or this leader), since He cannot possibly do that, what is He then? – O harlot! What wicked game are you playing with Me!
4. Not all who say to Me… ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do the Will of My Father in Heaven – Matthew 7:21
So neither the Dominus tecum (The Lord be with you), nor the Dominus vobiscum (The Lord be with you all) and least of all the Domine exaudi orationem meam (Lord hear my prayer) will bring about the Kingdom of Heaven! That goes without saying when considered from My perspective. – I think that this concerns only the Lord of the world – because I only look at the works, but not at the Dominus tecum, vobiscum and at the empty exaudi!
5. Whoever does the Will of My Father in heaven is My Brother, Sister and Mother – Matthew 12:50
Therefore, it would be much better to say: Amate fratres (Love, brothers) than orate fratres (Pray, brothers), whereby the silent chattering prayer is then considered a work of love, but all other acts of love are considered as nothing, except only the moving of the thumb and the index finger for the orate fratres! Oh, these are, these would be strange mothers, sisters and brothers! Truly, they are not in any degree of inner kinship with Me!
6. He that has My Commandments, and guards them, it is he that loves Me – John 14:21
That means: Whoever has the love and remains faithful and consistent in the love, surely loves Me and his neighbor, for these are My commandments, that men should love God above all things and their brothers and sisters as themselves. – But how does one brother love another, if he is his lord and judge? – And how can he love a man as a brother at all, if he does not first want to recognize and love the great holy Father? Without Him, what is one man to another?
I say: Nothing more than a pack animal, which by nature should be moral, and which should serve the rich and therefore also the powerful for the worst wages, and the latter then rules over him, the poor brother, as a lord and judge! But such lords and judges certainly do not guard My commandments, just as the pack animals that are supposed to be moral do not guard them, since they are full of anger, envy and revenge against those who want to be their judges and their perfect lords over life and death. – O abomination upon abomination! – Verily, these shall never see the face of the Father in heaven! – And I shall never come to them and reveal Myself to them!
7. In this My Father is honored, that you bear much fruit – John 15:8
What is the fruit that is to be brought forth manyfold, wherein does it consist? – The works of love and all humility from it, this is the fruit that is to be brought to Me. – But on what tree shall this fruit grow, if the tree of love and life belonging to it has dried up from the root and is therefore completely dead?!
8. I command you to love one another – John 13:34
Do not judge and condemn, and have not more joy when a brother, if he has gone astray, falls into legal punishment, instead of you having mercy on him and setting him on the right path. Truly, if I had commanded: ‘Rob one another and then strike each other dead’ – such a command would certainly have found much applause in an active manner. But nobody wants to love his brother and his sister! O you wicked world! – It will take much of the fiercest fire to rid you of your harshness!
9. But if the Light that is in you is Darkness, how great must your Darkness then be – Matthew 6:23
That means, if a man already loves what is false, in order to get a freer scope for his wickedness, how great must be the love for evil itself! – Behold, this is the praised wisdom of the world, the enlightened reason: to invent rules, so that under them man could sin all the more freely! – But My rule, which is love, it deems paltry and unworthy of a man who wants to be a perfect scholar of reason, which rebukes love and speaks gloriously of suicide! – O world! – O abomination!
10. Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called Children of God – Matthew 5:9
Where are they now? Certainly not behind the cannons, swords and spears. – But where is now a peaceful people, who lives together in the peace of true brotherly love behind My protective weapons! – But rather, wherever there exists any peace at all, it is only the result of fear from the cannons, swords and spears. O how few are there now on earth, who would justly be called children of God, how few blessed ones! – For now all go forth with weapons, either with weapons in their hands or with a sharp and double-edged tongue! – Where then are the peaceable ones, where are the blessed ones, where are the children of God?
11. If the Salt is tasteless, with what shall one salt? – Luke 14:34 & Matthew 5:13
This question applies preferably to the present time, where nearly all salt has become stale, dull and tasteless, because one digs it no longer from the mountains of love, but prepares it only from the cesspools of selfishness. Tell Me, with what flavour will the unripe and untimely fruits of the world get seasoned with this salt?
Or does not almost every father now have his children salted thoroughly with this filthy salt for the sake of independence one day and the bread connected to it? – Oh, independence shall become theirs in abundance one day in My kingdom as well!
I also know how to position them independently and alone, so that certainly nothing will come near them ever again. For I will make them statues like the wife of Lot and then place them in lonely deserted regions. There they shall preserve their salt of independence unimpaired for eternity! – Do you now understand the stale salt?
12. When you fast, anoint your Head and wash your Face, so that you do not show off before People with your fasting – Matthew 6:17
This meaningful verse is also especially appropriate for this time, when all kinds of fasting have reached their highest peak. Some run to the churches only to be seen as pious people and that they would gain grace with one or the other clergyman, others go to church just to be a little lazy, others again to meet with their ordered lovers in some church corner, to communicate about one or the other intended opportunity to sin.
Others again go to church to gossip with a neighbour about people or to see with what kind of clothes this or that one is dressed. Another goes to church because of his pious relatives, in order to be respected by them, so that they praise him and give him gifts as well. Again another one goes to church, in order to thereby dispel many a bad suspicion that rests on him. The best goes to the house of prayer with a semi-faith, or better with a superstition, in order to ask for a temporal advantage, rarely from Me, but nevertheless from some saint – but no one goes to church to honor Me!
Yes, there are many other reasons why people run to the houses of prayer, but I am least of all those reasons. – Behold, they are all unwashed fasters, they have no anointed head! – So people really fast only out of fear of Rome, but out of love for Me no one wants to fast, neither in one nor in the other. No one wants to truly deny himself, take the cross upon his shoulder and follow Me.
Everyone only wants to keep up appearances, rather than to be authentic – since appearances are enough for the world service. Why then the arduous work of being real? – Why the anointing of the head, and why the washing of the face? For appearances are enough for the world! – I am the nobody anyway! – But the time will soon come for everyone, when the unwashed and unanointed will be separated like chaff from wheat. Then the appearance will leave them and in their nakedness they will be thrown into the dragon’s fire. – Understand this well!
13. Do not judge, lest you be judged – Matthew 7:1
I mean, this verse text stands now with yet so many other texts clearly written in the book of light and life like a fifth wheel on the wagon! – Whoever should find this exaggerated, just go through the millions of worldly laws and ordinances and then also the countless mutual civil considerations, which all are dealt with, judged and condemned before the courts of the world and even, politically taken, must be, – then the fifth wheel on the wagon will become as clear to him as the sun in broad daylight.
Not to think of other mutual judicial considerations, since one man is a constant judge to another! – Should I therefore erase such fifth whee texts from the Scriptures? – Oh no, this will not happen. Heaven and earth shall pass away before I erase even one tittle because of the wickedness of men! – But such texts will one day judge mankind and will block the way to life for them. Therefore nothing more of the fifth wheel!
14. The Tree is known by its Fruit – Matthew 12:33
This text also belongs more into the realm of the fifth wheel on the wagon. You ask: But why? Listen therefore: It is true, however, that the tree is known only by its fruit, whether it is a good tree or a bad tree. But tell Me, how can one recognize a tree, which does not bear fruit at all?
Oho, how are you now at a loss for an answer! – Behold, a tree can also be recognized by its leaves; for thus I recognized even the fruitless fig tree, which was the only one that I cursed, because it bore no other fruit than those of the appearance as food for the worms and the decay of the earth! – Behold, on this tree is written with brazen letters the lot of the now living lukewarm, fruitless mankind! Understand this!
15. Out of the abundance of the Heart the Mouth speaks – Matthew 12:34 & Luke 6:45
Behold, this is the true judge. However, the question here in this time is: What then does the mouth speak about, if the heart is completely empty due to the immense lukewarmness of the people, who became even too sluggish for sinning – due to the former too diligent sinning – let alone that in addition, they should carry good fruit? – Behold, this is now an entirely different question!
It is also said: According to your works you will be judged. That is all the same; how then will the judgment turn out with those who have no works at all? – I tell you, everything will be judged according to the appearance of the fruitless fig tree mentioned above. For what is dead is judged already, it needs nothing but a curse to destroy all the parasitic plants on the noble fruit trees! Do you understand this? Oh yes, you understand it!
16. Every Scribe that is taught in the things of Heaven, is like a Householder that brings out of his Treasure new and old – Matthew 13:52
Why? Because it is already founded in My order from eternity, that from every seed a fresh fruit as well as the same seed, as it was sown before into the earth, emerges – and without the older tree no new fruit is possible. If something is to come into being, then a reason must be present. – So also an older word is the reason for a newer one and an older teaching the reason for a new one, just as the previous life is a reason for the next life. So understand this; for according to this My word is judged in its fullness of truth, whether it has the true old foundation! Do you understand this? – Yes, this is what you must understand foremost!
17. The true Worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth – John 4:23
That is, in a living manner through works of charity! For no one can say, Our Father, unlesshe openly shows, by works of charity from his heart, that he regards all men as his brothers and sisters. But he who does the works of love is he who worships the Father in spirit and in truth. Understand this well and in a deep, living manner!
18. The Letter kills, but the Spirit makes alive – 2 Corinthians 3:6
That means, no knowledge and no faith is of any use to you without deeds! What good is a menu to a hungry man? For him a piece of the most ordinary bread outweighs a whole library full of the richest menus and cookbooks! – Therefore, life depends only on the work itself, but not on the empty knowledge of the work. This is what this verse means!
19. The Truth shall set you free – John 8:32
How and when? – When it becomes a living light in your heart, which stems from the fire of a living and active love! – And this light alone can be called truth with the fullest right – but otherwise, every truth understood with the mind is like a painted fruit, which is quite beautiful to the eye, but to a hungry stomach it is pure foolery and as good as a bare lie. – Understand this!
20. No one who puts his Hand to the Plow and looks back, is fit for the Kingdom of Heaven – Luke 9:62
The hand is the will, the plow is the word of God, the kingdom of heaven is the active and loving life according to the word. If a man takes hold of the word of God and does half of it, but half of it he applies to the world and says: As long as I live in the world, I must with it. Therefore, I cannot completely break with it, but because of it, I am forced to go along with many things, at least for the sake of appearances, so that it does not think this or that of me or even say it aloud!
Because one cannot change the world, and so nothing else can be done than to go along with it, whatever one does not recognize as absolutely bad. Apart from that, however, one can do and think and believe what he wants! – But this means to put one’s hand to the plow and to pull it back into the world in order to just not become crucified by it!
But the question is: How will the field be cultivated for the sowing of the seed of life? – By the way, it is certainly true that pulling back the plow costs much less effort than pushing it forward. But he who does this, as the text says, is not at all fit for the kingdom of heaven. For until you have given back to the world the last penny you have borrowed from it, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven! Heed this well, and be perfect husbandmen!
21. The most difficult in the law is Justice, Mercy and Faithfulness – Matthew 23:23
Behold, this is a main knot, who will untangle it, and how? For, strictly speaking, justice and the faithfulness that is tied to it excludes all mercy, since to act justly means nothing else than to act faithfully to the law; while to be merciful means as much as to remit the law to someone. – But how is this to be understood? Be merciful, and you will also receive mercy? – How can someone be merciful and just? – I tell you: Nothing is easier than this; let one be just toward himself and merciful toward his brother, then he lives in the perfect order of God and is thereby perfectly just, merciful and faithful. Such things are to be well observed and vividly understood!
22. Blessed is the Servant when the Lord comes and finds him doing (his Duty) – Luke 12:37
The question here is, what kind of duty then? – Nothing else but only My will, which consists solely and only in the commanded love; whereby then it is prayed in a living manner in spirit and in all truth: Your will be done! – Understand this unto eternal life!
23. Put the new Wine into new Wineskins, and both are preserved – Matthew 9:17
Therefore the living word can only enter those hearts, which have become completely new through self-denial. But if it would announce itself in the old hearts, filled with dross and therefore rotten hearts, it would do to them exactly what the new wine does to the old brittle wineskins – namely it would tear them apart and then perish with them. And that is why one should not throw the pearls before the swine. This should also be considered extremely well.
24. Wisdom is justified by her children – Matthew 11:19
This is faithful and true. But let not these be concerned, if they are not understood by the world; for the ways of the night are different, and again much different are the ways of the day. He that walks by day knows where he goes, but the sojourners of the night run about as madmen, and none knows why or where. – Therefore let not the day bother regarding the judgment of the night. Rather, the day justifies the day! – This you should also understand very well.
25. To him that has shall be given more, that he may have in abundance – Mark 4:25 & Matthew 13:12
This seems almost like an injustice, but it is not. For it means only as much as: If anyone has exercised his little strength, and is now able to bear greater burdens, he will thereby not become weaker, but only stronger. – But he who had never wanted to exercise his small strength will immediately lose this strength as soon as he will use it to carry a burden, however small it is, and he will soon sink exhausted into full death.
That is why you constantly exercise all the powers of the spirit, and thus you will one day stand in the fullness of the eternal life’s power and will be able to carry the greatest burdens of My love, grace and mercy on your shoulders. So, to him, who has will be given in abundance, but he who does not have will also lose what he had from the beginning. Do you understand this? – Yes, you must understand this!
26. John said to Me: Master, we saw one casting out devils in Your name, but he did not follow us, and we forbade him because he did not follow us. But Jesus said: You should not forbid him, for what is not against us is for us – Luke 9:49-50
May this text always be your defense against all the attacks of the world! – For he who is not against Me is for Me. You will understand this, won’t you? – Only one thing is necessary, and this one thing is My salt and My peace in you! Understand this well, all of you, Amen. This say I, Jesus, always faithful and true – Amen, Amen, Amen.