Jacob 4

Jacob 4: Prophets

                Jacob explains that he spoke a lot of things to his people; however, because of the difficulty in engraving upon the plates… a lot of what he said is not recorded. Nevertheless, he hopes that when people in the future read these words that they will; “…receive them with thankful hearts, and look upon them that they may learn with joy and not with sorrow, neither with contempt…” (Jacob 4:3)

Jacob explains the purpose of the plates and really all of the Book of Mormon; “…for this intent have we written these thing, that they may know that we knew of Christ, and we had a hope of his glory many hundred years before his coming…” (Jacob 4:4) Jacob tells us that him and his people and those who came before him in the Americas knew of Jesus Christ, and worshiped God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. His people also followed the Law of Moses, because; “…we search the prophets, and we have many revelation and the spirit of prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus and the very trees obey us, or the mountain, or the waves of the sea.” (Jacob 4:6)

Jacob explains that God will give us and show us our own weaknesses that we might know of the true power of God, but also understand our potential and power as His children.

Jacob exclaims; “Behold, great and marvelous are the works of the Lord. How unsearchable are the depths of the mysteries of him; and it is impossible that man should find out all his ways. And no man knoweth of his ways save it be revealed unto him; wherefore, brethren, despise not the revelations of God.” (Jacob 4:8) The mysteries of God are great, and we will never truly understand his ways. Denying that He has commanded more than just the Bible to be written is not only denying the power of God, but also saying that we know more than God or that we know His ways. Do we know all of His ways? No. The Book of Mormon was written by men who were commanded of God to write. For it was His will to insure that His children in the New World as well as the Old World would have access to His word. In modern days, The Book of Mormon serves as yet ANOTHER TESTAMENT OF JESUS CHRST.

Jacob gives us great counsel; “…seek not to counsel the Lord, but to take counsel from his hand…” (Jacob 4:10) In other words, stop trying to deny His great works. The Bible is not the ONLY word of God. Jacob continues to explain how God has called prophets throughout the ages to manifest His word unto us. God has done it in the past, and He will do it again… for God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

“…he that prophesieth let him prophesy to the understanding of men; for the Spirit speaketh the truth and lieth not… these things are manifested unto us plainly, for the salvation of our souls… we are not witnesses alone in these things; for God also spake them unto prophets of old…. The jews were a stiffnecked people; and they despised the words of plainness, and killed the prophets, and sought for things that they could not understand… because they desired it God hath done it, and they may stumble.” (Jacob 4:13-14)

Isaiah 41-42

Isaiah 41-42

Chapter 41: Be Not Afraid

The people from the coastlands are invited to approach for judgment. Along with everybody else. Who raised up one from the East, the Lord did. The people of the coastlands approach with fear.

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee…” (Isaiah 41:10)

Israel has been chosen, and gathered from the ends of the earth. Fear not – you will be strengthened, and your enemies ashamed. You will thresh and winnow the mountains. God will supply water and other resources. One will come from the north who shall conquer. The Lord judges idols and deems them worthless.

Chapter 42: Isaiah Speaks to the Lord

The Lord starts off by saying that His servants do not “…cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.” (Isaiah 42:2) Like the hypocrite that Jesus spoke of in Matthew that prayed for praise of the people. The spirit does not move with loud noises it moves by the still small voice… (1 Kings 19:11-12)

The Lord’s servant will bring justice to the gentiles, and establish justice on earth. A light to the gentiles. Psalm-like invitation to sing to the Lord a new song. The Lord will unleash his devastating power against idolaters. The deaf and the blind come to the servant. The Lord’s people have been robbed, plundered and punished because they have not walked in the ways of the Lord.

 

Psalms 49-50

Psalms 49-50

Chapter 49: The Glory of the Rich Man will eventually die

To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.

                “Hear this, all ye people; give ear… My mouth shall speak of wisdom… my heart shall be of understanding.” (Psalms 49:1-3)

                The author then goes on to tell us of an important message; “They that trust in their wealth, and boast of themselves in the multitude of riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom…” (Psalms 49:6-7)

                I think this is very important! Sometimes when people of understanding speak, we ignore them. Men cannot be redeemed by wealth, or ransom God with that wealth. All of the glory of the rich man, the famous man, etc… dies with him. The only thing we take into the next life is our knowledge, experience and wisdom.

Chapter 50: Asaph Speaks of the Second Coming!

A Psalm of Asaph.

                Asaph speaks of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and tells us that the Lord has spoken and in the end He will gather His saints!

“And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself” (Psalms 50:6) God will judge us for our actions while we are here on this earth.

 

Job 32-33

Job 32-33

Chapter 32: Great Men are Not Always Wise

At the end of Job’s persuasive arguments in Job 28-30, his friends had nothing more to say. They still thought that Job was completely wrong, but they felt he was so grounded in his own opinions that it was useless to keep talking with him.

Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram (who is only mentioned briefly in the book of Job critizes Job and tells him; “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.” (Job 32:8-9). Although this was an unjust attack on Job, Elihu brought up a good point, great men, even men of great age and experience do not always have the most wisdom. Wisdom is hard to attain, but those who have it and those who are willing to share that wisdom, should be listened to carefully!

Chapter 33: God Speak to Men in Dreams

Elihu continues to challenge Job’s defense. Elihu claims to be a spokesperson for God, while telling Job to listen to all of his words.

“…God is greater than man.” (Job 33:12) Elihu is telling Job, that he needs to be more humble, because God is truly greater than man. Even though Elihu was missing the point that Job was actually a good, humble guy… we can still learn from this. We are not on the same level as God, we need to remember that.

For a man who claims to have so much wisdom, he doesn’t walk the walk, but surely talks the talk.

“For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man percieveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night…” (Job 33:14-15)

Again, we can ignore the words to Job, as I am sure he also ignored them. But take away from the scriptures that God is always trying to communicate with us, so we need to listen. Elihu insists that God has indeed answered Job.

Elihu had just suggested that God spoke to Job in a dream; now he suggests that perhaps God spoke to him through his physical suffering. In the view of Elihu, if Job would only receive and respond to God’s messenger, if he would only admit to God’s uprightness, then he would be restored to God’s favor.

 

Numbers 7-8

Numbers 7-8

Chapter 7: The Lord Speaks to Moses

At the dedication of the Tabernacle, the Princes of Israel bring offerings to the dedication of the temple.

  1. On the first day; Nashon the son of Amminadab for the Tribe of Judah
  2. On the second day; Nethaneel the son of Zuar, prince of Issachar
  3. On the fourth day; Elizur the son of Shedeur, prince of the children of Reuben
  4. On the fifth day; Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai, prince of the children of Simeon
  5. On the sixth day; Eliasaph the son of Deuel, prince of the children of Gad
  6. On the seventh day; Eliashma the son of Ammihud, prince of the children of Ephraim
  7. On the eighth day; Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur, prince of the children of Manasseh
  8. On the ninth day; Abidan the son of Gideoni, prince of the children of Benjamin
  9. On the tenth day; Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai, the prince of the children of Dan
  10. On the eleventh day; Pagiel the son of Ocran, prince of the children of Asher
  11. On the twelth day; Ahira the son of Enan, prince of the children of Naphtali

Each one of them bringing these offerings:

  • one silver charger (130 shekels)
  • one silver bowl (70 shekels)
  • one gold spoon (10 shekels)
    • For a Burnt Offering:
      • one young bullock
      • one ram
      • one lamb
      • For a Sin Offering:
        • one goat
      • Peace Offering
        • two oxen
        • five rams
        • five goats
        • five lambs

All of the offerings were filled with fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering. When Moses went into the Tabernacle he heard a voice come from the Mercy Seat, that was upon the ark of the testimony, from between the two cheribums and the Lord spoke to him.

Chapter 8: Washed and Consecrated

The Levites are washed, consecrated and set apart by the laying on of hands. They are the Lord’s and are in place of the first born of every family. They are a gift to Aaron and his sons to do the service of the Temple.