Colossians 4

Colossians 4: Speech – Answers for All

                Paul urges ‘Masters’ to understand that they too have a Master in Heaven; “Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in Heaven.” (Colossians 4:1) While Paul was most likely referring to literal masters and servants, I think this can be applied to anything that men or women may have dominion or responsibility over. For example, a Husband has a duty to watch after his wife, being just and equal… and vice-versa. A human has dominion over the environment and animals, but it doesn’t mean that we should destroy the environment or animals without purpose. For we will be judged for all our actions, while caring for the earth during our time here.

Paul urges the Saints in Colosse to season their speech with Salt, because Salt does not perish; “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” (Colossians 4:6) In other words, our speech should always be long lasting, for positive reasons.

Paul ends his writings to the Colossians, but instructs them to read his epistles to them, to the church of the Laodiceans, and vice-versa;

“…when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Ladicea” (Colossians 4:16) Essentially, all scripture is good… even if it is not directed towards you.

Psalms 39-40

Psalms 39-40

                David speaks of two very important things in these two chapters (39-40). David speaks out about how we need to be careful to what we say. Now when I was serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the country of Honduras I always found that teaching this to children was far easier than adults. It seems so simple for the innocent… don’t say bad words, don’t say bad things about others… etc. So we can take a page out of this chapter and put it permanently in our mental library. Don’t swear or speak evil of anyone. Pretty simple!

Then David goes on to speak about how his “heart had failed him” and because of this his only way to lift himself up again, was through the Lord. This reminded me of a scripture in Luke which speaks of the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the world; “And there shall be signs in the sun and the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and looking after those things which are coming on the earth…” (Luke 21:25-26)

                This hit me hard, because I feel like we are currently living in a world where the hearts of men are failing, and the world is falling down around us. But we can be like David and ask for the Lord to send us help, so that he can lift us up again, no matter what we have done. Through our diligence and the help of the Lord, He can help keep our hearts from failing us.

Chapter 39: Control thy Tongue

To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.

                David opens this Psalm with a promise that he made to the Lord; “…I will take heed to my ways, that I sin no with my tongue…” (Psalms 39:1). In other words David shouldn’t be swearing or saying anything evil. This would include gossiping about other people or saying “bad” words.

David says that altogether man is full of vanity; “Excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements.” We need to avoid this.

Chapter 40: Thy Lord be magnified

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

                David tells us that the Lord helped him out of a horrible pit, and that the Lord is filled with loving kindness. David tells us of when he was in the moment of pain and anguish and when he looked up to the Lord for help…

“Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord; let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me….innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me… my heart faileth.” (Psalms 40:11-13)

He then asks the Lord; “…make haste to help me.” (Psalms 40:13) David was desperate, afterall his heart had failed him and he felt like there was no way out of his sin, except it is through the Lord.

 

Exodus 4-6

Exodus 4-6

Chapter 4: Signs Unto Moses

Moses tells God that the people will not listen to/nor believe him. So the Lord give Moses a few signs that he can use to prove to the people that he was sent from God.

  1. The Rod: Moses has a rod and when he throws it on the ground it turns into a serpent.
  2. Leprous Hand: God gives Moses the ability to change his had from a non-leprous hand, to a Leprous hand and then back to a non-leprous hand by placing his hand in his “bosom”

God tells Moses that if they do not believe the first sign, show them the second and if they do not believe the second sign, show them the third sign; Moses is commanded to then take some water from the river and pour it onto dry land, when he does this the water will turn to blood.

Moses, even after seeing all these wonderful things/signs, asks God how he is supposed to do these things, seeing that he is “...slow of speech, and of tongue.” (Exodus 4:10).

God responds with a question to Moses; “…who hath made man’s mouth?” (Exodus 4:11). This to me is very inspiring, sometimes we feel like we are unable to do something… ESPECIALLY when it is a commandment of God. We make excuses and say that we are weak or unable to do something that God has commanded us to do/or not to do. But really we must understand, who made us? God. So if God says we can do something, we CAN do it!

God tells Moses that he can do it, and that he will be with him as he does it, God calls Aaron to be the spokesman for the Hebrew people. Moses returns to his father-in-law and asks him to let him go to Egypt to complete what the Lord has commanded. Jethro agrees and sends him off in “peace”, Moses gathers his wife and sons and return to the land of Egypt, with the rod that God had given to him in his hands. God tells Moses to do all these wonders/signs before Pharaoh, but that he will harden his heart so that he will not let his people go.

Now here is where the story gets a little weird; Exodus 4:24-26 was what I considered a “What!?!” section of the Bible. I have shared other “What!?!” sections in the past. I even did some research on these verses and found that the general Bible scholars do not understand these verses:

“And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the Lord met him, and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.” (Exodus 4:24-26)

“And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the Lord met him, and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.” (Exodus 4:24-26)

 

“And it came to pass, that the Lord appeared unto him (Moses) as he was in the way, by the inn. The Lord was angry with Moses and his hand was about to fall upon him, to kill him; for he had not circumcised his son. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone and circumcised her son, and cast the stone at his feet, and said, Surely thou art a bloody husband to me. And the Lord spared Moses and let him go, because Zipporah, his wife, circumcised the child. And she said, Thou art a bloody husband. And Moses was ashamed, and hid his face from the Lord, and said, I have sinned before the Lord.” (Exodus 4:24-26 Joseph Smith Translation)

 

Now we can clearly see why the Lord was angry with Moses and why Zipporah circumcised her son. The above scripture helps me and everyone to understand the importance of scripture and modern prophets. We can see that plain a precious things have been taken from the Bible, whether intentional or not. Think about it, do you think that the people translating the Bible or making copies of the Bible in the times that they were originally written had a copy machine or scanner?!?! NO. All of the copies had to be made by hand. So one example would be the game of telephone… over time the message gets distorted by intent or by accident. The same with manuscripts, they got altered and changed through translations, copies and mischief.

Moses and Aaron meet up in the wilderness, and Moses shares all that God had told him to do with Aaron. Moses and Aaron gather together all of the elders of Israel and Aaron shared what Moses had told him about the Lord. The people of Israel rejoice and worship God because he remembered their affliction.

Chapter 5: Free Israel!

Aaron and Moses go into see the Pharaoh and bring him this message; “…Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.” (Exodus 5:1). Pharaoh tells them that he does not know who the “Lord” is and that he will not let his people go for three days when they have work to be done. Pharaoh gets upset and tells the taskmasters to no longer give straw to the Hebrews to make bricks, but instead they had to find their own straw. So the Hebrews were scattered throughout the land of Egypt looking for straw, but instead used stubble.

Moses is upset because since he came, he has only brought more evil to come among the children of Israel, he prays to God and asks him why he has not delivered the people.

Chapter 6: Jehova = Jesus Christ

The Lord tells Moses that “…with a strong hand shall he(referring to Pharaoh) let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land” (Exodus 6:1)

He tells Moses that when he appeared unto Abraham, Isaac and Jacob they knew him by “God Almighty”, but they did not know him by his real name; “Jehovah” – remember yesterday’s post?

 Who is “I AM”? Some people say that this is God or “Heavenly Father”, but in the Spanish scriptures (La Reina Valera) where it says “…The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob…” (Genesis 3:15) – the Spanish version says “Jehovah” instead of “The Lord God”.

 

                So who is Jehovah? – Well if we read WAY AHEAD in the Bible in the New Testament- John 8:58; “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” . So we learn that Jehovah is Jesus Christ.

 

God reminds Moses that he had made a promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that they land would be theirs, he commands Moses to remind his people of this, but they do not listen because of their pain in bondage.

God then commands Moses and Aaron to go into Pharaoh again and tell him to let his people go.  God gives them his blessing that they will be able to do as he has commanded them.

 

The genealogy of Reuben, Simeon and Levi:

 

  • Reuben:
    • Hanoch
    • Pallu
    • Hezron
    • Carmi
    • Simeon:
      • Jemuel
      • Jamin
      • Ohad
      • Jachin
      • Zohar
      • Shaul
      • Levi: (dies at the age of 137)
        • Gershon
          • Libni
          • Shimi
    • Kohath (dies at the age of 133)
      • Amram (dies at the age of 137)
        • Amram marries Jochebed his father’s sister and bares:
          • Aaron (takes Elisheba daughter of Amminadab, sister of Naashon to wife; and bares:
            • Nadab
            • Abihu
            • Eleazar (takes one of the daughters of Putiel to wife and bares;
              • Phinehas
              • Ithamar
              • Moses
          • Izhar
            • Korah
              • Assir
              • Elkanah
              • Abiasaph
              • Nepheg
              • Zichiri
          • Hebron
          • Uzziel
            • Mishael
            • Elzaphan
            • Zithri
    • Merari
      • Mahali
      • Mushi

 

Moses is again commanded to go in unto Pharaoh and tell him all that the Lord has told him.