A sword of justice? Are we now experiencing this “sword of justice” as a society? Does the Father really wield a sword over the heads of his disobedient children? What are the effects of such sword play? Division, woundedness, hurt, separation?
Mormon, the prophet, is now offering commentary. He points to the coming forth of the Book of Mormon as proof that the Lord has remembered His covenant which originated with Abraham, the ancient patriarch. However, in these verses Mormon never references Abraham, but rather his discendents: the children [or house] of Israel.
the Lord will remember his covenant which he hath made unto his people of the house of Israel.vs. 3
While in the middle of studying this chapter, I’ve taken a couple of detours into the Bible. First was with Abraham and the covenant that was made with him (See Genesis 50, 51). The second seems to be mostly unrelated to this chapter: John 8, where Jesus declares the truth shall make you free.
I have received some additional insights into sin, and what constitutes sin, and stagnation seems to be a powerful word in helping me to internalize what sin does to the soul. Sin is rejection of God’s commandments and standards. Why is this sin? Because God designs for us to be beings of growth and light and expansion. We don’t realize any of this potential when we reject the commandments of God. These commandments and standards are the means to growth and discovery, progress and realization of dreams.
This is how Christ, in a very real way, makes us free.
Still in John 8, Verse 12 resonated deeply with me this morning especially the phrase: “I am the light of the world… the light of life.” Christ’s declaration. Perhaps this is that eros energy that is discussed in more secular forums.
I am yet still in John 8, contemplating the promise of freedom (see verses 32 & 36), and recognizing that promise being realized within me and Rachel in our relationship to one another.
I am concluding my study on 3 Nephi 29 this afternoon. Mormon ends with the argument that no needs to suppose that God cannot do his own work after the same way and manner as he had always done it, and that the gifts of the Spirit that were freely available in times previous are not also as available today as well. There is no need to hiss, spurn, or make game for the Jews for their faith in these things.
…Ye need not suppose that… he may not execute judgment unto the fulfilling of the covenant which he hath made unto the house of Israel.Vs. 9