Saturday, January 3, 2015

Ether 3

How beautiful is the relationship between the brother of Jared and the Savior of the world!  The brother of Jared seemed to understand what the Lord was capable of.  When the barges he had built to cross the ocean toward the Land of Promise needed air and light within them, the Lord answered the brother of Jared’s question with a design to improve the air quality.  As to lack of light inside, the Light of the world didn't give an answer, but asked the brother of Jared to offer a solution himself.  So, the brother of Jared obtained small stones and asked the Lord to touch them with His finger so they would glow in the darkness inside the barges.  Who would think to ask such a thing?  Obviously the brother of Jared knew the Lord very, very well.  Jesus touched each of the stones, and when He did so, the brother of Jared saw the Lord’s finger.  When the brother of Jared fell to the earth in fear, the Lord commended him for his great faith, and asked, “Sawest thou more than this?”  The response that surprises me, but not the Lord, is “Nay, Lord, show thyself unto me” (v. 10).  Before doing so, the Lord asks the brother of Jared “Believest thou the words which I shall speak?”  Notice that the question isn’t “Are you going to believe the words I am going to tell you?”  The question is “Do you already believe the words I am going to tell you?”  It’s easy to believe the words Christ has already spoken, for they have already proven themselves.  To receive greater knowledge from God requires us to believe it.  When we get to a point that we already believe the Savior’s future words, we arrive at a special place in our relationship with Him.
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