"I did one miracle, and you are all astonished. Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision - though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs - you circumcise a child on the Sabbath. Now if a child can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing the whole man on the Sabbath? Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment." (John 7:21-24)

Jesus is arguing the logic of Jewish officials who were criticizing Jesus for healing a person on the Sabbath. Because they permitted circumcision on the Sabbath, why couldn’t Jesus heal on the Sabbath?

Jesus also points out that the instruction to circumcise came not from Moses, but from others in the Jewish institution.

Jesus is indicating that the Sabbath relates to service to the Supreme Being - and Jesus was serving the Supreme Being with his activities.

Jesus also indicates they needed to look deeper into the aspect of service, as it relates to time and circumstance. While the intent and substance of God's message are the same throughout time, activities of God's representatives are often tailored to the culture, society, time and circumstance.

This is because God is a living God, not some vague force or burning bush. And the activities of God's loving servants relate to the current needs of that particular society and circumstance.

Some teachings, however, do not change, because these make up the central message of the Supreme Being. For example, the central teaching of Jesus was also the central teaching of Moses and all the other prophets. Here is Jesus quoting Moses:
"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment." (Matt. 22:37-38)
Moses' student, Joshua, after Moses passed, also taught the same message:
"But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to obey His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul." (Jos 22:5)
In fact, all of the bona fide prophets and teachers of the Bible taught the same basic instruction, even though they also had specific instructions intended for their particular students, time and circumstance.

The bottom line is that Jesus' healings were intended to increase people's faith in God. Therefore, they would be acceptable activities during the Sabbath, because they were performed in God's service. Jesus is pointing out that these ecclesiastical Jewish authorities had put ritual ahead of purpose. They were not cognizant of the purpose of the instructions and the service of God's representatives.

The various rules and regulations given by the messengers of God (such as Moses, Abraham, Jacob, David, Solomon, Jonah and of course Jesus) are meant to ultimately bring their followers closer to God. Yet we can easily see that some specific instructions changed through the chronology of the Bible. Some of those instructions were specific to a time and circumstance, and others were not. We can see this throughout the Bible, from the Old Testament leading up to the days of Jesus, and then amongst Jesus' disciples.

The method for discerning this, as also illustrated in the Bible, is through a living representative of God. We can see from this chronology of teachers (as the Bible, in fact, is a history of the lives of God's loving servants and their students) that in each era, students learned from a living teacher and servant of God.

We can also see from the examples of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Jacob, Isaac, Eli, David, Solomon and so many other great messengers from the Bible that each held in the highest regard, the instructions of their teacher, their teacher's teacher and so on (sometimes but not always, their teacher was also their father). Even Jesus illustrated this as he accepted initiation (baptism) from John the Baptist.

Each of these messengers from God, after receiving instructions from their teacher, presented instructions to their students, as God had empowered them to.

This is because hearing from and following a living representative of the Supreme Being is critical to the success of our spiritual lives.

Not doing so can and has resulted in speculative interpretations about Jesus' statements and how to live in current times while trying to follow Jesus' teachings.

The prime example of this sort of speculation is that today, many ecclesiastical sectarian teachers are teaching that we don't need a teacher because we can go directly to Jesus. Yet isn't it interesting that they need to teach us this? If they are teaching this, then they are a teacher. It is hypocritical to teach that a person does not need a teacher. It is also hypocritical to teach without having first been a student of a teacher.

We can tell immediately that a person does not know Jesus or represent God when he gives this contradictory teaching. It means their teachings make no sense. Can we trust any other statement they may make about Jesus?

It might be said that a person with an official title of priest, minister, reverend, bishop, cardinal, or even pope should be authorized to represent Jesus and God because they were a student attended an official school and that school maintained teachers. However, were those teachers representing God or representing their respective ecclesiastical organizations?

The crux of the matter is how those teachers gained their positions of authority. These official seminaries and Bible colleges select their teachers by committee: A committee of men. This selection by committee is a political process (ecclesiastical). The candidate must impress the committee with their resume, credentials, reputation, interview and recommendations (who they know, in other words). This is no different from a candidate running for political office. It has nothing to do with representing God.

This is also how priests, reverends, ministers, bishops, cardinals and popes are chosen for their respective titles or positions as teachers within a church. They are chosen by an election of a committee. In the case of protestant churches, there is typically a church committee called the deacons. One again, the candidate must impress the committee with their resume, credentials, reputation, interview and recommendations. Once again, it is a political process.

The reason why these sectarian organizations are ecclesiastical is because their teachers and officials are elected using a political process. Regardless of the type of committee, politics is always involved when a person must impress a group of people.

Again, this has nothing to do with representing the Supreme Being. For example, if a president was elected by the people of Spain, could that president represent the people of England? No. The president can only represent those who elected him. In the same way, these ecclesiastical sectarian officials can only represent those committees who elected them. They can not represent the Supreme Being unless God chose them to represent Him.

But can't those officials elected by these committees also be chosen by God? No. Why? Because the Supreme Being is offended by a person who pretends to be His representative when they are not. A person who puts on the big robes, the crown, or whatever dress, and then accepts the title (given by men) of God's representative without being individually selected and empowered by the Supreme Being is offensive to God. God will never empower that person unless they abandon their fake position and go through the heart-changing process of developing a relationship with Him.

This is only logical. Let's say a person pretends they are an employee of a company when he is not. Say he goes out and sells the company's product, collects people's money for the company's product, and then cannot ship the product. He is basically stealing the money while pretending to be part of the company. Will the company's management then hire him while he is stealing from their potential customers? Certainly not. The company would have the person arrested.

What if the fake employee quit the scam and came to the company and asked for a job? Would the company hire him? Think again. The only way they would hire him is on the condition that he gave back all the money and rectified all the lying and stealing they had done first.

We must remember that the Supreme Being is a person. We can't go around pretending to represent Him and think that He won't see that. The only way we can represent Him is if He empowers us personally to represent Him: Personally, because, again, the Supreme Being is ultimately a person. He may be the Greatest Person, but He is a person nevertheless.

This also means that one must be pleasing to the Supreme Being to be representing Him and be empowered by Him personally. God does not choose people to represent Him if they are not pleasing to Him.

How do we know that the teachers of these ecclesiastical sectarian organizations are not pleasing to God? We can see this simply, because they do not worship the Supreme Being. God is displeased when a person says they are worshiping Him when they are not. Most of these ecclesiastical sectarian organizations, in fact, are worshiping Jesus as the Supreme Being. Worse, they do not even worship Jesus himself, they just worship his physical body dying on the cross for their sins.

This makes their worship simply idol worship: They idolize Jesus, and the claim that Jesus is God, even though Jesus clearly said he was not the Supreme Being:
"I am not here on my own, but He who sent me is true. You do not know Him, but I know Him because I am from Him and He sent me." (John 7:28-29)
Jesus says very clearly, in many statements like this, that he was not the Supreme Being. In fact, he also prayed to God. If Jesus was the Supreme Being who was he praying to? Himself? That is ridiculous.

The fact is, while the ecclesiastical sectarian organizations are idolizing Jesus, they have forgotten the Supreme Being. They have forgotten the very Person that Jesus came to ask us to love and give our hearts to. This is quite simply, displeasing to both God and Jesus, and also why Jesus said:
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" (Matt. 7:21-23).
Why would Jesus call people who were calling him "Lord" and doing so much in his name "evil-doers"? How could they be evil-doers if they were doing so much in the name of Jesus? This applies to the modern-day sectarian churches, as they profess to be doing so much in the name of Jesus.

The reason is clearly stated in Jesus' first sentence: They are failing to do the will of Jesus' Father - the Supreme Being. They are ignoring the Supreme Being. They are worshiping Jesus but ignoring the Supreme Being.

We can thus see that these ecclesiastical sectarian organizations, and the official teachers that have come forth from them are displeasing to the Supreme Being. In fact, these organizations are no different from the officials that Jesus was railing against in his statement above. 

Those Jewish officials - also elected and chosen by official committee while they pretended to represent the Supreme Being - were criticizing Jesus as he was going about teaching loving service to God (doing God's will). And Jesus clearly indicated that these Jewish officials were not pleasing to the Supreme Being or doing God's will.

Because these priests, ministers, reverends, preachers, bishops, popes, cardinals and other church officials are elected by political committees, their teachings are poisoned. They are not beholden to the Supreme Being: They are beholden to the committees that elected them. Should they abandon the principles of the committee, or say something that the committee disapproves of, the committee can revoke their position. Therefore, their entire teachings are poisoned.

So how do we find a true living representative of God? Quite simply: We pray to God to show us His representative. This is the only way. Jesus confirmed this when he said:
"My teaching is not my own. It comes from Him Who sent me. If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own." (John 7:16-17)
In other words, if a person wants to learn to love God and please God (do God's will), then God will show that person His representative.

We do not have to fret this matter. God is in complete control, and He arranges things based on our desires, and what is best for each of us. If we desire to become a big preacher with a big following, He will help arrange that. If we desire to simply forget Him completely, He will lead us into the education program (modern science) that teaches that we and everything else are all simply evolutionary accidents. But if we sincerely want to know Him, and sincerely want to learn to please Him, He will also direct us to someone who will introduce us to Him.

This is because God's representative is our only facility to reach God. We must be re-introduced by someone with an intimate relationship with Him. This is, again, because the Supreme Being is ultimately a Person.

Just as Jesus' life illustrated, God's living representatives are often not very popular outside of their students. Why is this? This is because most people living in the physical dimension do not want to go back to God. Most of us are not ready to return to God because we would rather be God, and enjoy as God might. This is called envy.

We seek sensual pleasures, power, authority and having others praise us because we want to be the center of the universe. We want people to idolize and worship us (fame). We want people to serve us (authority). We don't want to serve God. We don't want to do God's will. We want to do our will.

This is why we've been thrown into this hellish physical existence. To play out our selfish desires.

This is also why the Supreme Being created the physical dimension. He created it for those who want to try to enjoy life without Him. He created it for those who want to forget Him. He created it for those who wanted to see how it felt to have others worship them. This is the disease of the forbidden fruit: the desire to enjoy as God enjoys.

God created us to be His friends, playmates and subjects. We were created to enjoy loving the Supreme Being and pleasing the Supreme Being. This is our constitutional position. However, because He wanted real love, God also give us the freedom to love Him or not - because you can't really love without the freedom not to. 

This is symbolized by the tree with the forbidden fruit in Eden. God did not have to put the tree there where Adam could pick it. He could have hidden the tree from Adam. But He did not. Instead, He simply asked Adam not to pick the fruit.

But Adam decided he would rather disobey God and try the fruit out. Once he did, his fall to the physical world began. This is why in Genesis it says:
"The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them." (Genesis 3:21).
What are the "garments of skin"? These are our temporary physical bodies. Are they not garments made of skin?

The symbolic story of Adam and the forbidden tree describes the fall of each of us who dwell in the physical world looking for pleasure and authority. We are here because we rejected God's will and decided we wanted to taste being in the position of the Supreme Being. In other words, we became envious of the Supreme Being.

For this reason, God's living representatives are few in the physical world. The only way we can find them is if we sincerely want to return home and want to do God's will. We must have the desire to do God's will in order to see who is doing God's will, as did Jesus, his apostles, John the Baptist, David, Isaac, Moses, Abraham, Solomon, Jacob, Jonah and so many others depicted in the scriptures.

This is why Jesus said:
"For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me." (John 6:38)"


(For a more appropriate translation of Jesus' statement, see the Devotional Translation of the Gospel of John Chapter Seven - translated from the original Greek texts without ecclesiastical sectarian influence.)