Monday, December 15, 2014

3 Nephi 24

We usually read this chapter looking forward to the Lord’s Second Coming, to which it refers.  But how interesting it is to try to read it from the point of view of the Nephites and Lamanites who had just survived three days of the earth’s upheaval in total darkness!  At Jesus’ death entire cities had been sunk into the sea or buried in the earth while others had been burned.  The more righteous among them survived the tumults, and sometime after the earthquakes stopped and the light returned, some of them made their way to the temple in Bountiful, where they encountered the resurrected Jesus.  Imagine what they felt when reminded by Him of Isaiah’s words: “The Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to his temple.”  “Who may abide the day of his coming, and who shall stand when he appeareth?”  “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”  You know these people were aware that the Lord was able to fulfill these prophecies, for they had just lived through some of them.  And think of their joy at hearing things like this: “And they shall be mine…in that day when I make up my jewels; I will spare them as a man spareth his own son that serveth him” (v. 17).  Talk about likening the scriptures to yourself!
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