Tue - Jun 28, 2011 : 06:36 pm
Ether 3 : Deep...
So, before I even begin reading this chapter, I've gotta say that this is one of those chapters which is seriously deep in doctrine. I could probably spend the better portion of 2 or 3 days studying this one. That said, I don't have much time to spend now, so I'll get as far as I can.
Verse 1 : An "exceedingly high mountain" - interesting place to choose to interact with God. Quite a few examples from both scripture and my personal life tell me that mountains can be sacred places. Also, from what I read, God didn't tell Morianton he had to go to a mountain to solve the light crisis. That was Morianton's choice. The key, I suppose, connecting with, and listening to the Spirit.
Verse 2 : Instant Humility. Morianton definitely knew God and his power. After going through the work of creating molten rock (last time I heard, rocks don't melt too easily), climbing to the top of an exceedingly high mountain, and kneeling down in prayer, he immediately ask for forgiveness for being a wicked person. That, my friends, is some serious humility.
Verse 6 : Famous for its account of showing the Lord's finger to Morianton. Morianton fell with fear.
Verse 7 : This verse was perplexing to me for a long time because I thought the Lord's response inferred His ignorance of the reason for Morianton's falling. God is all-knowing. How could he not know why? Of course, I was just reading the verse wrong. From a teaching standpoint, it makes a lot of sense. God never said he didn't know why Morianton fell.. He was inquiring Morianton to see if he knew. Resolving doubts, anyone? Same goes for all verses up to 12.
Hmm... The following verses spawned a thought regarding miracles. Most of this is speculation, but I have to assume that the veil on mankind, keeping them from the spirit world is governed by laws. Morianton got past those laws through his belief in Christ. Possibly living a higher law, which then nullified the law keeping him from seeing Christ in the flesh? Interesting... D&C 131:7 states that it has to do with the purity of our eyes. Hmm.... Stuff to ponder.
Verses 16 & 17 let us know that our bodies are in likeness of our spirits, and our spirits are in likeness of Christ.
Verses 25 and 26 are a great illustration of God's being bound by law (D&C 82:10). God told Morianton, if he believed, he would be shown all things. So, when Morianton's faith was sufficient, God was bound by his word, and so He did it. I believe this applies to all of God's covenants and promises to anyone.
Very good chapter. Could write much more regarding these things.