Monday, January 30, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: Leviticus 9:23-24

Today's Favorite Verse: Leviticus 9:23-24
"And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the people.
And there came a fire out from before the Lord, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces."

I sat and pondered how they must have felt to witness such an event. I can think of feeling terror, and giving a scream. Then falling to my face, and being afraid to face the Lord. Is that what I would want to be doing if I saw the power of the Lord in such a miraculous way? I could not decide if it was a good or bad action. I know I want to "fear" the Lord, but not be afraid. The closer I draw near to Him I feel fear is more a love and reverence for him. I would want to bow to the earth and worship my God. So maybe the difference here is the shouting? Maybe what they did was more like a Hosanna Shout. Now that seemed more fitting. Just like they did during Jesus' triumphal ride into Jerusalem.

I went on and looked up the Hosanna Shout and found a recording of it. It was during the dedication of the LDS Conference Center in Oct 2000 "This Great Millennial Year". Before the dedicatory prayer President Gordon B. Hinckley gives instruction in how it is to be performed. I remember attending this event over satellite in my local stake center. I was so grateful to sit and watch it again tonight. I wept as I saw the camera roll over the audience during the Hosanna Shout, and hearing President Hinckley voice fill with emotion. It left me seeing what the Israelites may have done in a totally different light. 

Day 674

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