Say there is a group of people tubing down the river but you desire to ‘swim’ up the river much like we see with salmon; a ‘higher calling’
Now to the group tubing and relaxing ‘enjoying their existence’ you ‘seem’ (perception) difficult. They laugh at you, tell you to stop worrying (though worry has nothing to do with it) saying ‘Come on’, take a break, come have some ‘fun’! You say ‘no’ I have to swim up river.
And as the days of Noah/Noach, so also shall the coming of the Son of Adam/HaBen-Adam be. “For as they were in the days before the flood, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noach entered into the ark, and they did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also shall the coming of the Son of Adam be. Mattithyahu/Matthew 24:37-39
Noah/Noach ‘swimming upstream’ – working!!! Not doing what ‘the crowd’ wanted him too… He listened and heeded his Maker; The Designer of The Ark – The place of Refuge and Shelter.. for the flood to Come; which no one else could ‘see’ coming!! and had no time for ‘pleasure seeking’ – but was about the task assigned.. to do it in obedience to The Instructions that were given with The Pattern..
Not ‘liked’ not accepted.. not part of ‘the group’ perceived as ‘difficult’ – being contrary..
You may see me as difficult, uncooperative – I do not say what you find ‘pleasurable’… not because I am difficult, but because my perspective on ‘this existence’ is not the same as yours.. I am not seeking what pleases, or feels pleasant to this flesh body <<< that is deceitful!… I am just swimming up the river.. to the spawning grounds .. it is my ‘calling’. I am not seeking so called ‘friends’ – but only to be a friend; the one who will do good on your behalf, at cost to myself.. to do what I said I would when I said I would.. for the good of you, not because I seek something in return.
I do not seek the acceptance of humanity.. mostly that is obtained by flatteries which are self-motivated in order to obtain something in return for your own self.. no – I am not trying to find acceptance in ‘this world’.
Often, what is ‘good’ on behalf of another is actually unpleasant – abrasive – “being difficult” in the perception… to the recipient ie: discipline or punishment.. seems harsh right?? But it is for the well-being of the other – to preserve – and protect. Love is not warm fuzzies. It is tough and will do what is good for you at a great cost by the giver.
Being difficult usually means that someone is doing something that is contrary to your own perspective as in: swim up river vs. tubing down river. They (the perceived difficult ones) just won’t join in, or do what is pleasing to you.. and their perseverance might really be making you ‘feel guilty’ which is so unpleasant… but really, they are not trying to make you ‘feel’ anything at all. They are just doing what they are ‘called’ to do.. ‘they’ are not ‘the problem’, ‘the difficulty’ <<< that is the struggle within, and we will either tube down river, or we will swim up river; doing the hard stuff, not for pleasure, not for reward.. just because we are so compelled!
Ayin – Perceive and Regard – Guard the ‘gates’ (instincts; belly & loins, the 5 senses and emotions) with His Instruction! Guard the ‘heart’.. How we are measured or evaluated; according to our ‘hearts-desire’ our adoration and regard of Him and His Supreme Authority – measured back in equal measure/right-ruling. Regard for regard; Highest regard=cherished possession, Disregard=chaff/rubbish.
The way is narrow that leads to LIFE and there are few who find it….. yes ma’am. Many people will not like it .. many people won’t understand it,… and some will hate it…even folks who call themselves ‘believers’ will be among those who hide hatred with lying lips, because they aren’t seeking set apartness, without which no one shall see ELOHIM.. but REJOICE AND LEAP FOR JOY! The WORD IS TRUTH…the NEARER WE DRAW TO HIM.. the more we will be rejected by men… Living STONES.
Drawing near to Him, a living Stone – rejected indeed by men, but chosen by ELOHIM and precious – you also, as living stones, are being built up, a spiritual house, a set-apart priesthood, to offer up spiritual slaughter offerings ACCEPTABLE through Yahusha HaMashiach. Because it is contained in the Scripture, “See, I lay in Tsiyon a chief corner-stone, chosen, precious, and he who believes on Him shall by no means be put to shame.” This preciousness, then, is for you who believe; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner-stone,” and “A stone of stumbling and a rock that makes for falling,” who stumble because they are disobedient to the Word, to which they ALSO were appointed. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a set-apart nation, a people for a possession, that you should proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light, who once were not a people, but now the people of ELOHIM; who had not obtained compassion, but now obtained compassion. Beloved ones, I appeal to you as sojourners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts which battle against the life, having your behaviour among the gentiles good so that when they speak against you as evil-doers, let them, by observing your good works, esteem ELOHIM in a day of visitation. Kepha Aleph/1 Peter 2:4-12 HalleluYah!
He was rejected by ‘men’ – but chosen and precious and when we Follow His Example we can expect the same rejection by ‘men’ – human beings who are looking with their physical eyes to see that which seems ‘pleasing’ to their senses allowing ‘self’ to rule over the body which IS NOT ‘theirs’ – but was designed ultimately as HIS HOUSE to Dwell IN making HIS RULERSHIP evident/physical in action, motion, speech.. all that we say, and do.. becoming the reflection of – the mirror image of The Word.. the ‘sons of ELOHIM’