Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Jacob 2:21 - 2:25

Jacob 2:21 Do ye not suppose that such things are abominable unto him who created all flesh? And the one being is as precious in his sight as the other. And all flesh is of the dust; and for the selfsame end hath he created them, that they should keep his commandments and glorify him forever.

Now does not the Lord look upon our pride with sadness and frustration at our behavior? He considers all his children precious in his sight. No one is better than another. All are made of the same material and come from the same place in the eternities. His wants his children to know where their blessing come from why they have been given them — to help each other out and that they will try to be like God and obtain the same glory and be on a par with God and thank Him for his efforts on their behalf.

Jacob 2:22 And now I make an end of speaking unto you concerning this pride. And were it not that I must speak unto you concerning a grosser crime, my heart would rejoice exceedingly because of you.

But now Jacob ends this portion of his conference talk concerning pride. He says that if this were their only fault, he would be happy. But they are guilty of more malignant sins which he must address at this time.

Jacob 2:23 But the word of God burdens me because of your grosser crimes. For behold, thus saith the Lord: This people begin to wax in iniquity; they understand not the scriptures, for they seek to excuse themselves in committing whoredoms, because of the things which were written concerning David, and Solomon his son.

Because of what Jacob sees the men doing and knowing what the scriptures say about the sin in question, he feels the pressure to speak out. What he sees is the brethren beginning to have more than one wife. And it is not for the purpose of bring forth children but to satisfy their lusts.

Jacob 2:24 Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord.

Jacob says that the Lord was very displeased because of the many wives and concubines that David and Solomon had. They were an abomination to the Lord.

Jacob 2:25 Wherefore, thus saith the Lord, I have led this people forth out of the land of Jerusalem, by the power of mine arm, that I might raise up unto me a righteous branch from the fruit of the loins of Joseph.

Jacob reminds the people that the reason they were lead to this the promise land was to get away from the sins of the Jews and create a righteous branch of Israel from his son Joseph.

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