Bible Stories: Enoch, Zion, Holy Spirit, and Journey of Faith

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Enoch, Zion, Holy Spirit, and Journey of Faith

Walk with Me

Behold, my Spirit is upon you. (Moses 6:34)

And it came to pass that Enoch journeyed in the land, among the people; and as he journeyed, the Spirit of God descended out of heaven, and abode upon him.  And he heard a voice from heaven. (Moses 6:26-27)

What is it like to hear a voice from heaven? What is that voice like, and how can we hear it?  Elijah learned that the Lord was not in a great and strong wind, not in an earthquake, not in a fire, but in a still small voice.

So this still small voice said to Enoch, “Enoch, my son, prophesy unto this people, and say unto them—Repent, for thus saith the Lord: I am angry with this people, and my fierce anger is kindled against them; for their hearts have waxed hard, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes cannot see afar off.”(Moses 6:27)

The Lord spoke to Enoch, because Enoch heard Him, and the people did not.  What can cause people’s hearts to wax hard, and their ears to become dull of hearing, and their eyes unable to see?  The Lord is not in the shriek of cell phones, not in the din of TV, not in the fake social media, not in the roar of the crowd, but in a still small voice.

And the Lord told Enoch, “Say unto this people: Choose ye this day, to serve the Lord God who made you. Behold my Spirit is upon you . . . and thou shalt abide in me, and I in you; therefore walk with me.(Moses 6:33-34)

And Enoch walked with God, and built a great city, and it was called Zion.

And from that time forth there were wars and bloodshed among them; but the Lord came and dwelt with his people, and they dwelt in righteousness.(Moses 7:16)

And all the days of Zion, in the days of Enoch, were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch and all his people walked with God, and he dwelt in the midst of Zion; and it came to pass that Zion was not, for God received it up into his own bosom; and from thence went forth the saying, ZION IS FLED. (Moses 7:68-69)

 

Dinner Talk Topic:

Enoch accepted the invitation to walk with God.  Will we?

 

Copyright © 2010 C.A. Davidson

 

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Bible Stories: Who can steady the Ark of the Covenant?

Bible Stories:

Who can steady the Ark of the Covenant?

trustWe can trust God completely. There is no man anywhere who can improve upon the Lord’s plan. This should give us great peace and assurance. ~C.D.

 

2 Samuel 6:6-7

steadying-the-arkThe Ark containing the covenant Matt. 8:19-20 [p. 29b]or the Ark of the Covenant Num. 10:33 in the days of Moses, containing the sacred records, Heb. 9:4 was moved from place to place in a cart. And so sacred was that Ark, if a man stretched forth his hand to steady it, when the cart jostled, he was smitten, and died. 2 Sam. 6:6-7

When King David, together with all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand in number, arose to bring [p. 252b]up the ark of God from the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah, they put it upon a new cart, and Uzzah and Ahio the sons of Abinadab drove the new cart. 2 Sam. 6:1-3 When they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it, for the oxen shook it. The anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God. 2 Sam. 6:6-7

1 Chronicles 13:9-10

  • 9 ¶ And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.
  • 10 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.

False Teachers or Spirit-led Teachers?

C.A. Davidson

These days are the ones prophesied by Saint John, in which there are arising many antichrists—meaning persons presenting themselves as being a type of savior, but in reality opposing Christ, even misleading others to believe their falsehood. They set themselves up as a light unto the world, but really their motives are to get power, and they have no concern for the best interest of Zion or America, the covenant land.

Jesus told us we can discern false teachers and “ark steadiers” among us,  by their fruits.

The fruits of those who reject God and His commandments are: moral decline, murder of the innocent, destruction of the family, and its attendant heart-rending effects on our children.

Sailor w-Jesus by Warner Sallman

Sailor w-Jesus by Warner Sallman

The fruits of those who honor God and obey his commandments include: liberty, right to life, peace, order, and a considerable degree of justice and mercy.

Leaders in ancient scripture who honored God and blessed the covenant people

Cyrus of Persia was not a believer, but he conquered Babylon and allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild their temple.

Moroni, a Christian leader in ancient America, strongly fortified his cities. In so doing, he kept the commandments of God in preparing for the safety of his people. (Alma 49:27)

 

Quotes by Christian Leaders

 

ship-zion1As it regards his kingdom and purposes, I would rather risk his judgment and plan than my own. I feel myself so incompetent, and I believe you are the same, and know so little about the future designs of God and his purposes pertaining to the human family, and what will most conduce to our individual welfare and to our welfare as a people, that I do not want to put my hand to steady the ark. 2 Sam. 6:6-7  ~John Taylor

Let the kingdom alone, the Lord steadies the ark; D&C 85:8 and if it does jostle, and appear to need steadying, if the way is a little sideling sometimes, and to all appearance threatens its overthrow, be careful how you stretch forth your hands to steady it; let us not be too officious in meddling with that which does not concern us; let it alone, it is the Lord’s work.

ship-zion2 I know enough to let the kingdom alone, and do my duty. It carries me, I do not carry the kingdom.

I sail in the old ship Zion, and it bears me safely above the raging elements. I have my sphere of action and duties to perform on board of that ship; to faithfully perform them should be my constant and unceasing endeavor.

You may examine from the beginning to this day, and continue to watch in the future, and where you find a man who wishes to steady the ark of God, 2 Sam. 6:6-7 1 Chr. 13:9-10 D&C 85:8 without being called to do so, you will find a dark spot in him. The man full of light and intelligence discerns that God steadies his own ark, dictates his own affairs, guides his people, controls his kingdom, governs nations, and holds the hearts of all living in his hands, and turns them hither and thither at his pleasure, not infringing upon their agency. There is not the least danger of disagreeing with persons enjoying the Holy Spirit.

~ Brigham Young

ship-zion3[A] man put forth his hand to steady the ark of God. It reeled to and fro. It was in a cart, [p. 139b]drawn by oxen. Probably it might have pleased Uzzah better if it had been put into a stately carriage, drawn by two or four fine steeds; but he ventured to put forth his hand to steady the ark of God, and was smitten of God at once 2 Sam. 6:6-7 for his presumptuous interference with the affairs of the great I AM. Ex. 3:14 ~ Orson Hyde

 

 

 

 

Bible Commentary: Adam and Eve Story

Bible Commentary: Adam and Eve Story

keyGod ordained that men and women should marry and give birth to children

Todd Christofferson

AdamandEveresizeAdam and Eve acted for all who had chosen to participate in the Father’s great plan of happiness.12 Their Fall created the conditions needed for our physical birth and for mortal experience and learning outside the presence of God. With the Fall came an awareness of good and evil and the God-given power to choose.13 Finally, the Fall brought about physical death needed to make our time in mortality temporary so that we would not live forever in our sins.14

God ordained that men and women should marry and give birth to children, thereby creating, in partnership with God, the physical bodies that are key to the test of mortality and essential to eternal glory with Him. He also ordained that parents should establish families and rear their children in light and truth,17 leading them to a hope in Christ.

 

Understanding the Fall

Jeffrey Holland

We cannot fully comprehend the Atonement and Resurrection of Christ and we will not adequately appreciate the unique purpose of His birth or His death—in other words, there is no way to truly celebrate Christmas or Easter—without understanding that there was an actual Adam and Eve who fell from an actual Eden, with all the consequences that fall carried with it.

cliff-hangingI do not know the details of what happened on this planet before that, but I do know these two were created under the divine hand of God, that for a time they lived alone in a paradisiacal setting where there was neither human death nor future family, and that through a sequence of choices they transgressed a commandment of God which required that they leave their garden setting but which allowed them to have children before facing physical death.3 To add further sorrow and complexity to their circumstance, their transgression had spiritual consequences as well, cutting them off from the presence of God forever. Because we were then born into that fallen world and because we too would transgress the laws of God, we also were sentenced to the same penalties that Adam and Eve faced.

What a plight! The entire human race in free fall—every man, woman, and child in it physically tumbling toward permanent death, spiritually plunging toward eternal anguish. Is that what life was meant to be? Is this the grand finale of the human experience? Are we all just hanging in a cold canyon somewhere in an indifferent universe, each of us searching for a toehold, each of us seeking for something to grip—with nothing but the feeling of sand sliding under our fingers, nothing to save us, nothing to hold on to, much less anything to hold on to us? Is our only purpose in life an empty existential exercise—simply to leap as high as we can, hang on for our prescribed three score years and ten, then fail and fall, and keep falling forever?

adam-and-eve-offering-sacrificesThe answer to those questions is an unequivocal and eternal no! With prophets ancient and modern, I testify that “all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things.”4 Thus, from the moment those first parents stepped out of the Garden of Eden, the God and Father of us all, anticipating Adam and Eve’s decision, dispatched the very angels of heaven to declare to them—and down through time to us—that this entire sequence was designed for our eternal happiness.

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