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Ether : 6
Interesting how verse 3 is pretty much an exact parallel with the light of Christ in our lives.

Verse 4 is yet another example of taking a pretty huge risk in the name of God.  Getting into ships, the likes of which none of them had ever seen before, being built by the blueprints of God.  Closing the doors, with all your family inside, leaving yourself completely vulnerable to the ocean, and completely in God's hands.  I have no idea if they could even steer these things.  Being completely enclosed in the vessel leads me to believe they couldn't.  Putting faith in God that they would endup where ever the ocean took them, and that they would be okay.  The more I type this, the more I'm inspired to think that if we could put our own lives in the hands of God to the extent these people did, most of our lives would be significantly better.  It's the incredible leap of faith required to get in the boat, seal the door shut, and let the Lord take us wherever he wants us.  Man, that would be hard.  Rendering all control to God in the midst of an ocean which could very easily take our lives.  Yet, having complete faith that we would end up in a better situation than we left.  I personally know of nobody who has put their lives in the hands of God and has ended up in a worse situation (unless they quit, or lost faith along the way).  Very interesting.

Verse 17:  I wonder what "taught from on high" means...  Angels?  Or possibly through the Spirit...?  Not sure.

Also interesting that none of the sons of Morianton would have anything to do with being king, and only one of the sons of Jared.  Probably doesn't mean much, other than these people must have been extremely humble.  Interesting that taking leaps of faith almost always (if not *always*) leads to humility.

Good chapter.