Thursday, October 30, 2014

Literal Representation Of Promised Blessings

Christ offers Living Water at the aqueduct and fuller's field 2 Nephi 17:3 
 In 2 Nephi 17: 3, As the prophet Isaiah was directed by the Lord to warn Ahaz , the king of Judah; against forming an alliance with Tiglash- The Assyrian Monarch, it seems appropriate that Isaiah asked Ahaz to meet him at the aqueduct- or water supply that channels water from one location to another; thus providing water to many. It is as if to invite Ahaz to partake of living water that we are all offered when we follow our Savior Jesus Christ; as later Christ would speak himself that the water that he had to offer was eternal; in John 4:6-15 Christ says, " Whosoever drinks of the water that I give, shall never thirst."
As they met at the aqueduct and fuller's field- or place where clothes were washed - the Lord invited Ahaz to listen to His prophet; trust in and turn to Him who provides the deepest cleansing of the atonement; that not only washes clothes, not only washes the body, but our very souls, thus; allowing us to be more worthy of His promises and protection.
Yet, it is ironic that even in this place in which they stood, that could have been very literally symbolic of what Christ has to offer; Ahaz still doubted and even with a warning as such in 2 Nephi 17:20 that says that the king of Assyria will destroy them like a razor taken to the head of hair, beard and even the lesser amount of hair on the feet. Ahaz still feared man more than God's warning through the prophet.
Later in 2 Nephi 18:13 He says, " Sanctify the Lord of Hosts Himself and let Him be your dread." Basically saying do not let the joining of Syria and Israel be your fear, but only the Lord.
This causes me to remember that I am standing even in a literal place that is representation of God's prophesies to prophets, that have come to pass. I remember that in 2 Nephi 10:11 it says, " That this land shall be a land of liberty unto the Gentiles and there shall be no king upon the land who shall raise up unto the Gentiles."
As I stand on the literal representation of His promised blessing and prophesies of a prophet being fulfilled , will I ignore the warning and directions from the prophets in our day, when they too are giving us directions for our own safety?
Directions like: Not only keeping temple covenants, but attending the temple and teaching our children how to be worthy of the temple ( keeping covenants protects, prepares and Empowers us - Rosemary M. Wixom ) , giving to the poor and needy ( Are we Not All Beggars - Elder Holland ) , Inviting Non-members to hear the gospel, and not just inviting but Following up with them ( Follow up- M. Russel Ballard ) , Loving everyone and proclaiming it to them ( Love is the essence of the gospel- Thomas S. Monson ) and the council goes on and on...
I want to follow the prophet to show my thankfulness to my Father and Heaven and His Son Jesus Christ because I love Them.

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