2 Nephi 19

2 Nephi 19: Isaiah speaks of Christ

Judah will not suffer as greatly as Israel. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this.” (2 Nephi 19:6-7)

Because of their unholy pride, Israel will be defeated by her enemies: its head (elder and honorable) and tail (false prophet) will be cut off. The people of Israel will also attack each other. Exile and slaughter will be a punishment for social injustice.

But it is important to note, that “…the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they are led of them that are destroyed.” (2 Nephi 19:16) Therefore those who lead and misguide will be dealt a very harsh punishment!

1 Peter 5

1 Peter 5: Feed the Flock of God

                Peter urges his fellow ‘elders’ or the other leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ to be a witness of Christ and to; “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversightthereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre [not for money], but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock [being examples]. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive acrown of glory that fadeth not away.” (1 Peter 5:2-4)

Peter explains that the unselfish acts of the Church Leaders will be rewarded in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Leaders of the Church DO NOT get PAID, rather they do it by sacred calling from God, and do it willingly, FREE.

Peter reminds us of something so simple, yet so true; “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) God loves us, so if we want to be happy we need to just cast our cares upon Him.

1 Timothy 3

1 Timothy 3: Qualifications: Bishops/Deacons

                Paul explains to Timothy the qualifications for a Bishop in the Church;

“…If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine… not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)” (1 Timothy 3:1-5)

                In the Restored Church of Jesus Christ, a.k.a The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Bishops and all leaders of the church are not paid, nor can they be ‘elected’ or ‘work’ towards obtaining these positions. All positions in the church are given based off revelation.

                Paul also lays down the requirements for Deacons in the Church;

“Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre…” (1 Timothy 3:8)

Deacons in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are 12-14 years of age and provide the first taste of leadership in the church and in their own lives. We can understand from this chapter that Paul wanted Timothy to understand the importance of these sacred roles and for those who hold those titles to do so reverently.

1 Kings 1-2

1 Kings 1-2

*This was originally posted June 6, 2012*

Chapter 1: Adonijah Fails to Be King

King David at this point is very weak and fragile. It says that he was very cold and even with blankets could not get warm. So his servants go to find a young virgin to sleep with him to make him warm. They found Abishag, she cared for the king.

We don’t know exactly what happened between Abishag and King David, but most likely nothing more than someone to care for him. It is rumored by many bilblical scholars that Abishag is the same woman that is in the poem, “The Song of Solomon”, because it is speculated that while the young woman was taking care of David, she was having a fling with his son, Solomon.

Because King David was sick and old, Adonijah, one of the sons of David exalts himself and tells everyone that he will become king. Adonijah technically would be in succession for the throne, if God worked that way. Only God calls the king of Israel… and that is one thing that Adonijah failed to realize is that only God can exalt us. Adonijah even gathers chariots and horsemen (50 in all) to try and market his kingship to all of Israel. Adonijah has a huge banquet in his honor, but refuses to invite Solomon and Nathan the prophet. Joab (the chief general to David) and Abiathar (the high priest of Israel) supported Adonijah, without speaking to David or consulting the Lord.

However, not all of Israel supported Adonijah; Nathan, Zadok and all the mighty men of David refused to support him. They decided to sacrifice sheep, oxen and fattened cattle to the Lord so that they could receive his blessing and also use the meat to hold a feast for those who did not support Adonijah. Nathan tells Bathsheba to go in unto King David and tell him that he had once said that Solomon would become king, and ask David why Adonijah is becoming king instead? So Bathsheba goes into talk with David and tells him what has happened. Nathan decides to come in also and confirm these words.

David decides he has to make things right and sets the course straight so that Solomon can become king after he dies. So David calls a meeting and sets Solomon as the king of Israel and has Nathan and Zadok the priest take him to the tabernacle and have him anointed as king and then he commanded that horns blow and all of Israel announce that Solomon is king!

Adonijah hears that Solomon has been made king he trembles with fear and actually goes to see Solomon and begs for him to spare his life. Solomon tells Adonijah that if he is righteous then he will have nothing to fear, but if he lives a wicked life, he will die by his sword.

Chapter 2: Solomon; King of Israel

Before David dies he tells Solomon to be a righteous king and follow the commandments of God. In 1 Kings 2:4 it states; “…If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel”. This really struck me, especially with the current elections throughout the world, but more specifically in the United States between Barak Obama and Mitt Romney. We know that the government is corrupt and the economy is quickly sinking, but why? Because we have become a wicked a perverse people, and because of this our leaders are also extremely wicked. David also tells his son Solomon to treat his enemies with love, as a friend.

David dies and is buried in the City of David, David reigned over Israel for forty years and reigned over Hebron seven years and thirty three years in Jerusalem. Adonijah goes to Bathsheba and asks her to ask Solomon for Abishag to be his wife. Bathsheba brings his request to her son, King Solomon. King Solomon is upset because he told Adonijah that his life would be spared if he was a good man, but this unrighteous request would cost him his life, Adonijah was executed.

King Solomon also goes to Abiathar the priest and tells him that he is worthy of death also, but he would spare his life for now, but he must be exiled to his own fields. He was spared because he was there with King David during his trials and had carried the Ark of the Lord.

King Solomon also executes Joab and places Zadok in the place of Abiathar as priest for Israel. Solomon calls Shimei and gives him an offer to dwell in Jerusalem but never be permitted to travel from his home, or across the Brook Kidron. So he agrees and goes on his way, however one day the slaves of Shimei escape and Shimei goes after them. Once Solomon heard that Shimei had traveled he sent someone to kill him. Thus the kingdom of Solomon was set in place.

Numbers 1-2

Numbers 1-2

Chapter 1: Each Tribe is Numbered

The Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they had departed from Israel. There, the Lord instructs that the members of each tribe, all males from the age of 20 up, should gather together. The total gathering together was 603,550 men. These men would be prepared for war. The only tribe not included in these numbers, is the tribe of Levi. The Levites are commanded to watch over and protect the tabernacle and its testimony from all outsiders and strangers.

  • Tribe of Reuben: Elizur son of Shedeur
  • Tribe of Simeon: Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai
  • Tribe of Judah: Nashon son of Amminadab
  • Tribe of Issachar: Nethaneel the son of Zuar
  • Tribe of Zebulun: Eliab the son of Helon
  • Tribe of Joseph:
    • of Ephraim: Elishama the son of Amihud
    • of Manasseh: Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur
  • Tribe of Benjamin: Abidan son of Gideon
  • Tribe of Dan: Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai
  • Tribe of Asher: Pagiel son of Ocran
  • Tribe of Gad: Eliasaph son of Deuel
  • Tribe of Naphtali: Ahira son of Enan

Chapter 2: Order and Leaders are established

The Lord speaks again to Moses and Aaron, commanding them to have every man and his children (in the tribes of Israel) to place an Ensign (flag of standard and truth) to fly above their camp.

  • On the east side, the camp of Judah is to pitch their tents on the east side toward the rising sun far off from the tabernacle. Nahshon the son of Amminadab is appointed the captain over the children of Judah.
    • The camp of Issachar; Nathaneel the son of Zuar is appointed captain over the children of Issachar.
    • The camp of Zebulun; Eliab the son of Helon is appointed captain over the children of Zebulun.
  • On the south side shall be the camp of Reuben; the captain of the children of Reuben is appointed to Elizur the son of Shedeur.
    • Pitching tents alongside the camp of Reuben, is the tribe of Simeon; Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai is appointed captain of the children of Simeon.
    • The camp of Gad; Eliasaph the son of Reuel is appointed captain over the children of Gad.
  • On the west side shall be the standard of the camp of Ephraim; Elishama the son of Ammihud is appointed captain over the children of Ephraim.
    • Next to the tribe of Ephraim shall reside the tribe of Manasseh; Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur is appointed captain of the tribe of Manasseh.
    • The camp of Benjamin; Abidan the son of Gideoni is appointed captain over the children of Benjamin.
  • On the north side; shall encamp the tribe of Dan; Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai is appointed captain over the children of Dan.
  • Next to the children of Dan, resides the tribe of Asher; Pagiel the son of Ocran is appointed captain over the children of Asher.
  • The tribe of Naphtali; Ahira the son of Enan is appointed captain over the children of Naphtali.

The total number of these camps were 63,550 these numbers excluding the tribe of Levi. Each tribe set a standard over their camps and harkened unto the commandments of the Lord.