Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Mosiah 14:1 - 14:5

Mosiah 14:1 Yea, even doth not Isaiah say: Who hath believed our report, and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

Abinadi quotes Isaiah. To whom will the Lord be a mortal among and who will be believe it when He tells them He is the Messiah?
[Abinadi is quoting all of chapter 53 of Isaiah from a copy of the brass plates which he is carrying with him.]

Mosiah 14:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground; he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him there is no beauty that we should desire him.

He will grow up as any other man having to learn as He goes like the rest of us. There will be nothing about His looks that will make Him stand out in a crowd.
[I have often thought about this. We have all know good people who do nice things for others which often go unnoticed accept to those who are the recipient of such. If you were to take a good and honorable person and dress them like any other, what would cause them to stand out? Nothing. if we were to attend Sacrament meeting and the bishopric sat with their families, instead of up on the stand, what would make them stand out? Good works done in secret does not make a person stand out, necessarily. I can just readily picture in my mind that if I lived when Jesus was a mortal, that I would not know who He was either. I'm sure He would look like anyone else in a crowd. In addition, I'm sure He would not insist on fanfare or displays of adoration by those around Him as He circulated among His friends and neighbors. Reminds me of when Christ appeared to the Nephites after the resurrection. There was no fanfare of trumpets blowing to announce that He was coming to visit them. After the introduction, by our Heavenly Father, He comes down out of the sky in silence, dressed in a simple robe. I'm sure that if He were turn off His powers of glory and dress like everyone else, He would not have anything about Him that would make Him stand out.]

Mosiah 14:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

After He announces to the people who He is, He will be rejected by them and suffer all kinds of persecution and rejected at their hands. Most will think Him a fraud.

Mosiah 14:4 Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But He will experience our trials and troubles as mortals do. However, people will think that it is His actions which they judge as evil actions that have brought upon Him is affections.

Mosiah 14:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

It will be His fate to suffer for our sins. He will take upon him our the sufferings for our sins so we will not have to suffer for them. We can then be redeemed because our sins are paid for.

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