It's been a long time since I have read the Book of Mormon. Well, I decided to repent tonight and read where I left off at Mosiah.
One scripture which always stands out to me in this chapter is the latter portion of verse 9. King Benjamin is telling people how they should prepare themselves to hear his message, and thus he says:
- Open your ears that ye may hear
- Open your hearts that ye may understand
- Open your minds that the mysteries of God may be unfolded to your view.
It's just interesting the uses for the various parts of our senses...
Another verse which caused me to raise an eyebrow or two this time around is verse 24, where it says the word "immediately".
King Benjamin doesn't mix words. I've learned that the words used in scripture are there for a specific purpose - especially when the scriptures were translated into a language which allows you at least 200 different ways to say the same thing.
King Benjamin states that when you "do as [God] hath commanded you ... He doth immediately
Now why would that catch my attention? Well, pretty much because I've been taught that the blessings of the Lord come around on the Lord's timetable, which sometimes "could take years"... Well, that isn't what King Benjamin says...
I'll have to study up on that one. It's a biggie. If that's indeed true 100% of the time, then we need to re-think the way we teach our kids about blessings.
And then, of course, there's verse 41. One of my all-time favorite scriptures. Yup, King Benjamin did a fine job.