Scripture Blog

This weblog is my personal online scripture journal. I try to read the scriptures each morning as I exercise on my cross-trainer. It has a great impact on my life and my testimony of the Savior and his restored church. The journal is really for my own benefit but I have set it up as a web log in hopes to benefit anyone else that may be interested. "For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost..." 1 Nephi 10:19

Monday, December 10, 2018

Danial 2

Of Nebuchadnezzar's dream, Daniel revealed -

"...thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands..."  (Daniel 2:45)

Which suggests that the stone was not man made, but God revealed.

And that -

"...shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people..."  (Daniel 2:44)

"...and it shall stand for ever."  (Daniel 2:44)

Which suggests to me that the president of the Church will never lead us astray or turned over to other people.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Jeremiah 52

Nephi asks those in the Americas -

"...will you dispute that Jerusalem was destroyed? Will ye say that the sons of Zedekiah were not slain, all except it were Mulek? Yea, and do ye not behold that the seed of Zedekiah are with us, and they were driven out of the land of Jerusalem?..."  (Helaman 8:21)

We read in Jeremiah that -

"...the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes: he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah.
11 Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death."  (Jeremiah 52:10–11)

In my mind, it is obvious that Mulek either saw or a least knew his brothers were slain.  Which would suggest to me that he somehow escaped after or during the time his brothers were slain.  How that happened and how he was lead to the promised land will have to be revealed at some future day.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Jeremiah 51

Just like Isaiah, Jeremiah sent a prophecy to Babylon that -

"...the Lord hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance of his temple."   (Jeremiah 51:11)

And -

"...that it shall be desolate for ever."  (Jeremiah 51:62)

It is always unwise to not hearken to the words of the prophets.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Jeremiah 50

Jeremiah uses much the same descriptions of Isaiah when it comes to full desolation of nations when nothing is left writing -

"Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall dwell there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation." (Jeremiah 50:39)

Friday, November 30, 2018

Jeremiah 44

Where most of the condemnation of Israel was generally to me, the Lord through Jeremiah acknowledges that it is also women saying-

"Have ye forgotten the wickedness of your fathers, and the wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their wives, and your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your wives, which they have committed in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem?"  (Jeremiah 44:9)

"They are not humbled even unto this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set before you and before your fathers."  (Jeremiah 44:10)

Explaining that even the women -

" whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.
18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.
19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?"  (Jeremiah 44:17–19)

I hate to say it but in the same manner, metaphorically, many women worship the "queen of heaven".

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Jeremiah 42

Of all the sinners the Savior seem condemned the most were hypocrites.  When Johanan and his followers approached Jeremiah concerning the will of the Lord, they said -

"...The Lord be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for the which the Lord thy God shall send thee to us.
6 Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the Lord our God."  (Jeremiah 42:5–6)

But when the word of the Lord came contrary to their plans and faith, their response was -

"We will not dwell in this land, neither obey the voice of the Lord your God,
14 Saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor have hunger of bread; and there will we dwell..."  (Jeremiah 42:13–14)

Well that didn't happen in that Babylon attacked Egypt to leaving great devastation.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Jeremiah 34

When the Lord extends a covenant and we receive it. we are warned that "God will not be mocked".

At the direction of King Zedekiah, Judah  made a covenant to release all Hebrew man and maid servants as given in the law of Moses.  But after doing so, reneged on their commitment -

"But ye turned and polluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom ye had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids.
17 Therefore thus saith the Lord; Ye have not hearkened unto me, in proclaiming liberty, every one to his brother, and every man to his neighbour: behold, I proclaim a liberty for you, saith the Lord, to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine; and I will make you to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth."  (Jeremiah 34:16–17)

I again comment that God will not be mocked.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Jeremiah 32

In answering Jeremiah's prayer, speaking of the last days, the Lord declares of the Jews -

"Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely:
38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:
39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:
40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me."  (Jeremiah 32:37–40)

Though we see this in progress, we look forward to the total fulfillment of the prophecy.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Jeremiah 31

Jeremiah shares an important doctrine -

"If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever."  (Jeremiah 31:36)

The seed or family of Israel in the eternities are those that receive exaltation.  And obviously saving ordinances are necessary to become part of that family.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Jeremiah 29

Jeremiah counseled those that had already been carried away to Babylon -

"Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;
6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished.
7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace."  (Jeremiah 29:5–7)

We have always been commanded to make the best of our situation and support governments over us. (12th Article of Faith)

Monday, November 19, 2018

Jeremiah 26

Lehi, a contemporary of Jeremiah, after crying repentance to Judah, unsurprisingly -

"...when the Jews heard these things they were angry with him; yea, even as with the prophets of old, whom they had cast out, and stoned, and slain; and they also sought his life, that they might take it away..."  (1 Nephi 1:20)

Jeremiah, after prophesying the forthcoming destruction -

"...when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the Lord had commanded him to speak unto all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people took him, saying, Thou shalt surely die."  (Jeremiah 26:8)

Fortunately at -

"...the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah, that they should not give him into the hand of the people to put him to death."  (Jeremiah 26:24)

Sadly, we learn of a prophet, Urijah after his life was threatened fled to Egypt, but -

"...they fetched forth Urijah out of Egypt, and brought him unto Jehoiakim the king; who slew him with the sword, and cast his dead body into the graves of the common people."  (Jeremiah 26:23)

Thank goodness the Lord led Lehi away.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Jeremiah 23

Jeremiah speaks of the leaders in his day -

"I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah."  (Jeremiah 23:14)

Sounds like today

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Jeremiah 20

Jeremiah was one of those prophets that continually suffered in his calling.  After much persecution and being put in stocks, Jeremiah writes -

"...I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me.
8 For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the Lord was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily.
9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name..."  (Jeremiah 20:7–9)

Even adding -

"Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bare me be blessed."  (Jeremiah 20:14)

Even though Jeremiah at times was very discouraged, he confesses -

"...But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay."  (Jeremiah 20:9)

The Spirit can be overpowering.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Jeremiah 16

I find it interesting that as Jeremiah continues to cry repentance and destruction to Judah, the Lord tells him their response will be -

"...Wherefore hath the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us? or what is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against the Lord our God?"  (Jeremiah 16:10)

And that Jeremiah should respond to them -

"Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith the Lord, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law;
12 And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me..."  (Jeremiah 16:11–12)

Sounds much like it will be in our day with the second coming.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Jeremiah 14

When Jeremiah questions the Lord why the wicked prosper and the righteous sometimes are dealt with treacherously, the Lord answers -

"If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?"  (Jeremiah 12:5)

Which suggest to me that with our own limited experience we do not see the entire picture.

The Lord even suggests of the wicked - 

"What wilt thou say when he shall punish thee?"  (Jeremiah 13:21)

Obviously, the wicked excuses will blame others  to which the Lord says beforehand - 

"The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
15 Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed."  (Jeremiah 14:14–15)

We see these false prophets in government, education, and celebrities.

Friday, November 09, 2018

Jeremiah 7

I found the words -

"...Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.
4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these.
5 For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour;
6 If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt:
7 Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever."  (Jeremiah 7:3–7)

...especially "lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord" the point.   Many saints in our day talk of the temple but choose to not live the covenants made there.  It seems so hypocritical to me.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Jeremiah 7

Jeremiah exclaimed at the temple gates -

"Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these.
5 For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour;
6 If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt:
7 Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever."  (Jeremiah 7:4–7)

I believe those that suggest that they have been married in the temple and all is well should read the words of Jeremiah.  It reminds me -

"...Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams."  (1 Samuel 15:22)

Temple ordinances and covenants have conditions.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Jeremiah 5

As Jeremiah reviews the wickedness generally found in Judah, including idol worshipping and immorality for the Lord asks -

"How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses."  (Jeremiah 5:7)

Even such that -

"They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour’s wife."  (Jeremiah 5:8)

I can't help but note that Jeremiah and Lehi were contemporary.   Of Laman and Lemuel, Nephi said -

"...they were like unto the Jews who were at Jerusalem..."  (1 Nephi 2:13)

Where -

"The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?"  (Jeremiah 5:31)

Thus, just lkie those in wicked Judea -

"...we know that the people who were in the land of Jerusalem were a righteous people; for they kept the statutes and judgments of the Lord, and all his commandments, according to the law of Moses; wherefore, we know that they are a righteous people..." (1 Nephi 17:22)

Obviously, very few hearkened to Jeremiah.

Friday, November 02, 2018

Jeremiah 3

What I see is Jeremiah prophesying concerning Israel in the last days, the Lord states -

"...I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding."  (Jeremiah 3:15)

I believe the Lord has provided these such pastors in the Church, stakes and our wards.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Jeremiah 2

No question that Jeremiah and Lehi were contemporaries in Jerusalem.  Jeremiah writes of the Savior's words -

"...they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters..." (Jeremiah 2:13)

Nephi would later comment of his father's vision of the Tree of Life, where he adds -

"...I beheld that the rod of iron, which my father had seen, was the word of God, which led to the fountain of living waters, or to the tree of life..."  (1 Nephi 11:25)

Apparently, Jeremiah and Lehi were on the same page.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Jeremiah 1

Speaking of the His grace and enabling power of the atonement of Jesus Christ, the Lord tells Jeremiah -

"Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.
9 Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth."  (Jeremiah 1:8–9)

His grace is an enabling power to lift, strengthen and overcome.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Isaiah 66

As Isaiah speaks of the consequences and blessings of the wicked and righteous, he speaks of what the Lord looks for -

"For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word."  (Isaiah 66:2)

In my mind, it is to these that the power of His grace is justified.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Isaiah 65

During the Millennium, Isaiah wrote the words of the Lord -

"...they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands."  (Isaiah 65:21–22)

In my mind, this would suggest no compulsory social justice or socialism.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Isaiah 64

I was touched this morning by the promise -

"For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him."  (Isaiah 64:4)

That's a motivator

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Isaiah 63

In His second coming, the Savior will be asked -

"Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?"  (Isaiah 63:2)

His answer will be -

"I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart..."  (Isaiah 63:3–4)

I believe vengeance meaning justice.  I also note that this justice will -

"...will bring down their strength to the earth."  (Isaiah 63:6)

which says to me that all nations of the earth will be humbled or confess that He is Christ.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Isaiah 62

My interpretation of Isaiah may not be correct but I noticed this morning having listened to President Nelson strong direction on the name of The Church, the Lord said speaking of Zion -

:For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name."  (Isaiah 62:1–2)

Of which the mouth of the Lord said in modern day -

"...for thus it shall be called, and unto all the elders and people of my Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 115:3)

Monday, October 22, 2018

Isaiah 61

In the last days, the Lord says to the saints -

" shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves."  (Isaiah 61:6)

Boasting -

"I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels."  (Isaiah 61:10)

Sounds much like the temple experience

Friday, October 19, 2018

Isaiah 60

In the last days, Isaiah writes -

"The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the Lord.
7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory."  (Isaiah 60:6–7)

These words suggest to me that even many in the middle east will be converted to the Lord

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Isaiah 59

After Isaiah condemns the wicked he then turns to the blessings of the atonement of Jesus Christ -

"And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.
21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever."  (Isaiah 59:20–21)

What a marvelous promise concerning the righteous and their posterity.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Isaiah 58

As the Israel complains that they are not receiving blessings from their fasts, the Lord explains -

"Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.
4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high."  (Isaiah 58:3–4)

Obviously, the purpose of their fast was improper as was their actions for -

"Is it such a fast that I have chosen?"  (Isaiah 58:5)

Isaiah then outlines the purpose of the fast and the way it is to be done including fast offerings.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Isaiah 57

After warning the immoral idol worship of Israel which will draw no protection or blessings, Isaiah teaches -

"...but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain;
14 And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.
15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones."  (Isaiah 57:13–15)

I note that those that will receive the His power of salvation are those of a "contrite and humble spirit" and a contrite heart.  Which follows the laws of justification and sanctification.