...and so we've come to the last chapter, and the closing of the book I opened almost 4 years ago
. The goal was to read and write about each and every chapter in the Book of Mormon, no matter how long it took me. Tonight, I'm gonna complete that goal. Wow. That just feels good.
Let's charge on to Moroni 10, shall we?
The first thing I can't help but to notice is yet another reference to "remembering". If anything has seemed like a theme this time around, it's "remember
". What is the first thing Moroni exhorts us to do? Nope... It's not pray, nor read. It's not "be perfect", or anything other than to simply "remember
". Remember what? Well.. It seems that he's exhorting us to remember the mercy of God throughout all history. And after we remember it, he exhorts us to ponder it in our hearts.
Only after exhorting us to remember the mercy of God, does he ask us to read and pray about the Book of Mormon, promising that if we do so, the truthfulness of it will be revealed unto us. Personally, I find that extremely liberating. Moroni is telling us that we have an open communication between us and God, and that God cares enough for each of us, such that he will personally affirm His truth unto us. All we've got to do is the following:
- Ask with a sincere heart
- Ask with real intent - no fakers allowed.
- Ask having faith in Christ.
If ya do that, the promise is - you can know of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. No third party requried, no money required, no sacrifice required. All ya gotta do is ask. I love that.
All the while, I'm reading this, and I'm thinking to myself, "This is Moroni's last chance to proclaim the Gospel to the Lamanites. His last words, and he's writing as if he's speaking directly to them. Most likely, he's gonna make these last words pretty darn important." It's probably a good idea to take note of exactly what Moroni is talking about here.
Interesting that he talks about the gifts of the Spirit, and goes into specifics. That's probably a topic worthy of deeper study for me, personally.
Verse 22 seems kind of harsh, but it is what it is. Despair comes because of iniquity. Evidently, Moroni didn't have a problem with political correctness, or calling a spade a spade. *sigh* - so refreshing. Truth is truth is truth.
...and I end with this:
"Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and denyyourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may beperfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.
And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot."
In Christ's holy name, Amen.