Friday, January 16, 2009

Day 1 :)

I'm so excited about this....I think it will keep my thoughts a lot more organized than if I were to write it in a notebook or something...and much less clutter...I've already got all kinds of random notebooks. There is no rhyme or reason to this...I just need SOMETHING to increase my spiritual feeding, so to speak. Anyway, last night as Tommy and I were laying in bed I was reading him one of my all time favorite chapters in the world...Moses Chapter 1 in the book The Pearl of Great Price :). There are so many things I absolutely love about this chapter...and as I was reading it I realized there were things I had forgotten my old age I'm getting very forgetful. So, I'm hoping if I make note of it...maybe it'll stick in my head a little better. Here are some of the things that I love/thought was interesting about Moses 1:

First, it talks about how Moses is talking Face to Face with God and God is basically telling him about the great scheme of things. He talks about how He's created all things, tells him about his only Begotten Son who will be the Savior of the world, etc.

- I love how God keeps referring to Moses as "My Son" (vs. 4, 6, 7). He really emphasizes that. I think the more we know who we are...the more everything else falls into place and the easier it is to obey God's commandments...cuz they make sooo much sense if we see ourselves as Children of God.

Then God leaves and Moses is processing all this stuff.

- I love one of the things Moses says (well, especially love). He says, "Now, for this cause I know that man is nothing, which thing I never had supposed." I just think it's so interesting that
Moses has this incredible knowledge now that he is God's Son...but he also realizes that man is
nothing compared the greatness of God that he has just beheld.

Then Moses talks about how God transfigured him for the time so that he could behold him, otherwise he would have withered and died. Then, Satan comes.

- I think it is really interesting the first thing Satan says. He says, "Moses, son of man, worship me." The first thing he attacks is Moses' knowledge of who he is as a child of God! It always makes me think of all the things Satan does to try to convince us that we have no divine nature. He tries so hard to convince us we need to be rich, skinny, beautiful, powerful, , skilled, physically stronger, have any value...and it's so not true.

- Then I love how Moses responds...he says, "Who art thou? For behold, I am a son of God, in the similitude of his Only Begotten; and where is thy glory, that I should worship thee?" I love the face of such evil, Moses remembers!

He talks about how he was not able to stand in the presence of God in his natural state, but he doesn't seem to have a problem standing in Satan's presence. He talks about how God commanded him to call upon God. Then he commands Satan to leave...multiple times. Satan throws a tantrum, wanting Moses to worship him. Moses receives strength from the Lord, and Satan finally leaves. Then the last half of the chapter God comes again and visits with Moses and tells him all kinds of cool things...but the kids are I'm going to finish now. What a great morning!

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