Friday, January 5, 2018

Ezekiel study

I've been reading Ezekiel.  Mostly it's more difficult for me than some of the other books in the Old Testament.  Every now and then I come across a verse or a phrase that really strikes a chord.  I was reading in chapter43 about the vision of a new temple that he was promising to the Jews in captivity.  I thought that was absolutely beautiful... I looked up some supplemental material on lds.org and I came across this quote.

The Prophet Joseph Smith said: “I make this broad declaration, that whenever God gives a vision of an image, or beast, or figure of any kind, He always holds Himself responsible to give a revelation or interpretation of the meaning thereof, otherwise we are not responsible or accountable for our belief in it. Don’t be afraid of being damned for not knowing the meaning of a vision or figure, if God has not given a revelation or interpretation of the subject.” ( Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 291.)

I thought that was beautiful too.  We often beat ourselves up for not remembering or knowing what a little detail or a vision to someone a 1000 years ago meant.  But I love the fact that if God gives a vision, He also gives the meaning of the vision.  If you don't have the meaning, you can ask Him like Nephi did with the Vision of the Tree of Life, but it's not always necessary for all of us to have the interpretation of every vision ever given.  Not knowing one thing does not have to keep us from learning others.

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