Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Pure Love of Christ

"Charity is the pure love of Christ." (Moroni 7:47)

This scripture is one of my favorites and has had a big role in my life. Nevertheless, recently Hebrew class changed my perspective of it greatly changed. We were talking about how constructs of two nouns is done in Hebrew (such as love and Christ), and there was an ambiguity in possible meanings. For this sentence, the pure love of Christ could have meant what I always though that the pure love that Christ has is charity. Another possible way to interpret that though makes it very different. It also could mean our pure love for Christ. That charity is completely and purely loving our Savior. That is the love that never faileth, the love that we must have to enter into the kingdom of Heaven.

Both interpretations are very valid, but I love the greater understanding I have gained through thinking slightly differently at this very common scripture.

(I will also be posting a more lengthy version of this on my other blog at religiousrampages.blogspot.com)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Largest Piece of Bread

Last week in Sacrament meeting the talks were on the sacredness of the sacrament. One of the girls speaking talked about how during the sacrament one of the main things she does is that she is always looking for the largest piece of bread because she is always starving during the sacrament.

My wise bishop got up after the talks and realized how incredible of a thing she had said. If applied symbolically, that piece of bread is a piece of our Savior. It is an emblem of the great atoning sacrifice He made for us. Looking for the largest piece of bread is something I think everyone has done at some point in their life (I know I still do it). And that is exactly what we should do with the atonement. We need to search out the largest part of it that we can have. We need to hunger after it. Just as we do after that little piece of it every sacrament.

The Tablets of Moses

In my Hebrew class my teacher shared with us an interesting rabbinic tradition about the first set of tablets. She said that according to one tradition, the first set of tablets Moses brought from Mount Sinai were made of sapphire. When Moses saw the wickedness of the people he shattered the sapphire tablets on the ground and gathered the pieces. God after this allowed only Moses to have these shards, and no one else in Israel. According to the tradition, this incredibly precious stone made Moses a rich man for the rest of his life.

One of the great advantages of being a Latter-Day Saint is we know what was on those first tablets. They contained the higher law, and the higher priesthood.

Isn't it beautiful to think how this is the law and priesthood that Moses was allowed to keep? Like the tradition, it kept him rich his whole life. And through the great and last sacrifice of our Savior, we have those same blessings today in our lives. What was able to make Moses rich throughout His whole life, we have as well.

I Know Thy Poverty, But Thou Art Rich

I was reading in the Book of Revelation and found the scripture, "I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich)" (Rev 2:9). I found this so appropriate for us today who have received of the love of our Savior. On the news we constantly hear of tribulations and poverties, of the horrible world we live in. But in all truth, we are rich in blessings. If nothing else, the king of all us our loving brother and He has promised us all. Compared to that what other earthly trial or possession truly matters?