Monday, May 5, 2008

Scripture Guys: King Benjamins Words Reported Live

Gospel Doctrine was interesting this last Sunday. We have a great teacher, and he always leads us to the point of the lesson. But rather like a goat that wanders hither the thither, when I read the key text, I somehow see things other than the point of the lesson.

We were reading about King Benjamin's Sermon in Mosiah 4: 1

1 And now, it came to pass that when king Benjamin had made an end of speaking the words which had been delivered unto him by the angel of the Lord, that he cast his eyes round about on the multitude, and behold they had fallen to the earth, for the fear of the Lord had come upon them.

So everyone is keying in on their on the spiritual aspect of this scene, and I am thinking 'Holy Cow' what did this really look like! So we are at conference, and maybe you had to go to the restroom or something - you miss some of President Monson's talk and come back to find twenty or thirty thousand people senseless on the ground. The news guys are there from Channel X and they are equally puzzled "This is an incredible scene Marsha, you would have to be here to believe it. People are dazed, laying on the ground as you can see. Many are moaning or sobbing and none of them have the strength to even sit up. It is like a bomb went off in here. We missed the call to repentance that was given by President Monson, as we were stuck in traffic, and only saw the aftermath of his talk. Back to you Rolland".

My purpose isn't to make lite of this scene, but to look at it a little closer, and maybe from the lens of the news reports we hear today. We read so much in the scriptures and I think that sometimes the enormity of what we read, the incredible scenes that are recounted with almost no elaboration zip right by us. I guess I like to stop sometimes and try to feel what it might have been like in some small way.

Anyway, that is all for tonight. Read your scriptures and what ever story or event you are reading about, slow down, and try to put yourself there. It is surprising what pops out sometimes.


AnnieOfBlueGables said...

You see, this is why you are such an amazing Sunday School teacher. You are so good at likening the scriptures to your life.
Thank you for that insight. Thank you for all the years of fun insight. You are amazing.


pixiestylist said...

yeah, like tonight i was reading 2 kings 6 and on verse 28-29 blew me away. i try to take the things in the bible with a bit of salt, because i guess i'm hoping it wasn't translated correctly, but i'm always wondering... "WHAT????!!!!" i totally see where i get this now! i always stop people mid-whatever and say something like, "can you imagine what that was like?" and mostly they just give me a blank stare...

Sailor said...

Yikes!! What a scary couple of verses!!

pixiestylist said...

i actually ran into another creepy chapter: 2 kings 10! the whole thing, but the part that stuck in my head was verses 6-9