Friday, October 31, 2014

Isaiah 12:2

Isaiah by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
I am on a plane right now traveling for business and I thought it might be a good time to jot a few things down for a short post. This post is inspired by a recently returned sister missionary that I heard speak today in church. Isaiah 12:2 was her missionary scripture that had been on her display plaque. The scripture reads as follows

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Isaiah 12:2

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Scripture Challenge

It is sometimes interesting how little we know about our favorite scriptures. I don’t mean the doctrinal interpretation of them. I mean the circumstances under which they were produced and transmitted to us. Try this game to test your knowledge. Brief instructions are given at first then some more detailed examples. Post your scores in the comments.

  1. Pick a scripture you like – 1 point
  2. Can you give the exact book, chapter and verse? – 1 point
  3. Do you know who wrote the scripture originally? – 1-3 points
  4. Do you know what language the scripture was written in originally? – 1 point
  5. Do you know who produced the English version? – 1 point
  6. Do you know who physically wrote (scribed) the scripture? – 1 point
  7. Have you ever read the scripture in a different translation or checked if there are variant readings? – 1 point
  8. Do you know where the scripture was originally given? - 1-3 points
  9. Do you know when the scripture was originally given? – 1-3 points
  10. Do you know a specific document that Serves as the oldest still existing source for this scripture? – 1 point

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Paul and the Law in Romans

St. Paul by
Bartolomeo Montagna
holding traditional sword 
I was asked by good friend for some specific insights on Romans 8:2 and this blog entry is an edited response to this. I realize that thus far all entires I have made on this blog have focused on Old Testament subjects. While I have a very deep love for the Hebrew bible, and my Greek is not as strong as my Hebrew, I felt this was a good opportunity to insert a bit of variety. 

Romans 8:2 reads as follows

2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Joel Ben Pethuel

Rend your heart and not your garments - statue in Yad Shmona
Another post related to the recent Sunday School lesson I taught, this time from the Prophet Joel. This is a very different book from Amos and made for a great compare and contrast during my lesson. Unlike Amos, Joel is not fixed in time and space. While there are explicit references that the story is taking place at the Jerusalem temple, it seems possible these may have been added later as the story could really be applied to any temple or any time. It is the story of a righteous community facing a natural disaster.

Friday, October 3, 2014


If you mention the book of Amos, every Mormon in earshot will immediately think of 3:7. It is a well used missionary scripture.

The Prophet Amos by Gustave Doré
Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
So what does that mean? What was the great secret that was revealed? Who was Amos and what did he prophecy?