Friday, February 3, 2023

Today's Favorite Verse: Isaiah 28:15

Today's Favorite Verse: Isaiah 28:15
"Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:"

The mention of an 'overflowing scourge" made me think of this verse.

"And in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
And there shall be men standing in that generation, that shall not pass until they shall see an overflowing scourge; for a desolating sickness shall cover the land.
But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved; but among the wicked, men shall lift up their voices and curse God and die."
(Doctrine and Covenants 45:30-32)

I was reading in the Old Testament Institute manual and it said,

“The prophet confronts the rulers of Jerusalem with the assertion that their policy and behavior are bringing inevitable ruin. This time the fault is that they have deliberately entered into a covenant to serve, in return for protection, a god or gods other than their own. Death, maweth, is here the god of the underworld, Sheol or hell. Perhaps the Canaanite god of the underworld, Mot, is intended, or the reference may be to the Egyptian Osiris. It was customary for the prophets to speak of the alien deities as lies and falsehood. In contrast to this act of panic by the rulers, Isaiah declares that faith in God is the only secure foundation of Zion’s security, and that his justice and righteousness alone can erect a building that will stand. Those who in fright have sought to secure themselves by worshiping other gods as well, will experience in sheer terror the effects of Yahweh’s decree of destruction.”
(The Interpreter's Bible, 5:317)

This made me ponder on how worshipping anything but the one true God would be worshipping a false god. The worship can come in may forms like thinking you have power over the environment, or enough money or stores will save you from calamities. It is a comfort to me to know worshipping God and standing in holy places we will not be moved.

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Today's Favorite Verse: Isaiah 27:11

Today's Favorite Verse: Isaiah 27:11
"When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favour."

I pondered on the people destroyed that had no understanding. Wouldn't that seem unfair if they didn't understand what they were doing? Then I thought of those that turned their back on God, or had no faith in him. Would you say they had no understanding? I think the meaning then is they did not seek to understand God. In such a state they had no understanding or comprehension of who God was. It was a choice to not know Him.

Day 2865

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Today's Favorite Verse: Isaiah 26:20-21

Today's Favorite Verse: Isaiah 26:20-21
"Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain."

I read several quotes where Brigham Young, John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff were all referring to the saints in Utah being safely in the chambers of the mountain. I pondered on how it is no longer possible for saints worldwide to gather in the valley of these everlasting mountains.

"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."
(Revelation 18:4)

Our places of refuge are now the stakes of Zion, temples, and our homes. We really did shut our doors when the pandemic first began. These events may have been for "a little moment", but all of it has been for our profit and learning, to be guided by a prophet of God.

"And that the gathering together upon the land of Zion, and upon her stakes, may be for a defense, and for a refuge from the storm, and from wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture upon the whole earth."
(Doctrine and Covenants 115:6)

Day 2864

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Today's Favorite Verse: Isaiah 25:9

Today's Favorite Verse: Isaiah 25:9
"And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation."

I could just imagine seeing the Lord at his second coming and saying this, "We have waited for him". It's part of that never give up, always striving to be what He wants me to be. Looking towards Christ and believing. When faith is not faith anymore but pure knowledge of who He is.

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