Sunday, December 8, 2019

Today's Favorite Verse: Hebrew 8:10-11

Today's Favorite Verse: Hebrew 8:10-11
"For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest."

I love living at a time where God's laws are written into my mind and heart. I think it would have been so much harder to love God as I do while practicing the law of Moses. Maybe because they didn't always seem to understand what it was a similitude of, at least by the Old Testament. I cannot wait for the day when all around me will be able to say that they "Know the Lord". What a very different world we will live in at that time.

Day 1714

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Today's Favorite Verse: Hebrew 7:26-27

Today's Favorite Verse: Hebrew 7:26-27
"For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself."

The great high priest is Jesus Christ, he held the order of Mechisedec forever. He made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. On reflecting on this I thought of the video that was in the Come, Follow Me materials. The video starts a little geeky but I love how it teaches about the ancient temple sacrifice representing the Savior, and the sacrament today.

Day 1713

Friday, December 6, 2019

Today's Favorite Verse: Hebrew 6:6, 12

Today's Favorite Verse: Hebrew 6:6, 12
"If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises."

The first verse here scared me to death to think about. I cannot imagine crucifying the Son of God to myself, and putting him to shame. The second verse seemed like a good reminder to me on how to prevent the first from happening. That I need to not be slothful in what I need to do to stay worthy and faithful. I do want these promises, and I do not take for granted they will always be there if I don't do my part.

Day 1712

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Today's Favorite Verse: Hebrew 5:13-14

Today's Favorite Verse: Hebrew 5:13-14
"For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their sense exercised to discern both good and evil."

The subject of the milk and meat of the gospel has been one I have strong feelings over. Years ago, I remember my husband and I being late for Sunday School, so we cut through the gym. On the way we met this brother that took the chance to speak with us about how much he disliked Sunday School. He said he was tired of only getting milk and never being taught the meat of the gospel. I left feeling rather unimpressed by his perceived superiority. I've heard several rants like this over the years and it does nothing but cause my spirit to hurt for them. I think the milk of the gospel is extremely important.

One day I was enjoying eating a bowl of homemade Zuppa Toscana brought over by a neighbor. As I was eating I noticed how every time I dipped my spoon into the milk up came pieces of meat with it. I could not eat the meat unless I had a spoonful of milk. I then reflected on the milk and meat of the gospel and how they go hand in hand.

"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:"
(1 Peter 2:2)

What I love about the verse in Hebrew is that meat comes to those that through experience discern good and evil. If I put that with the verse in Peter it comes by growing on the sincere milk of the word. If you push away the milk you will never understand the meat. Understanding just grows deeper and more sure over time.

Day 1711