Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2009, March 12

“Book of Mormon: The Lord Jesus Christ Corrects the Brother of Jared’s Doctrinal Error” by grego

Book of Mormon: The Lord Jesus Christ Corrects the Brother of Jared’s Doctrinal Error
by grego

This has to do with how Jesus corrects a doctrinal error made the by the brother of Jared when he sees Him.

Here is the situation:
Ether 3:6 And it came to pass that when the brother of Jared had said these words, behold, the Lord stretched forth his hand and touched the stones one by one with his finger. And the veil was taken from off the eyes of the brother of Jared, and he saw the finger of the Lord; and it was as the finger of a man, like unto flesh and blood; and the brother of Jared fell down before the Lord, for he was struck with fear.
Ether 3:7 And the Lord saw that the brother of Jared had fallen to the earth; and the Lord said unto him: Arise, why hast thou fallen?
Ether 3:8 And he saith unto the Lord: I saw the finger of the Lord, and I feared lest he should smite me; for I knew not that the Lord had flesh and blood.

Now, the Lord *didn’t* have flesh and blood at that time–He was still just a spirit, not having been born and received a body of flesh and bones yet; the brother of Jared was wrong when he said, “I knew not that the Lord had flesh and blood.”

So what does the Lord tell him?
Ether 3:9 And the Lord said unto him: Because of thy faith thou hast seen that I shall take upon me flesh and blood; and never has man come before me with such exceeding faith as thou hast; for were it not so ye could not have seen my finger. Sawest thou more than this?

He hints at the correct answer, and praises the brother of Jared’s faith!! The important point was the process of developing and perfecting the brother of Jared’s faith, not getting stuck on a doctrinal tangential point that early in the process.
Ether 3:10 And he answered: Nay; Lord, show thyself unto me.
Ether 3:11 And the Lord said unto him: Believest thou the words which I shall speak?
Ether 3:12 And he answered: Yea, Lord, I know that thou speakest the truth, for thou art a God of truth, and canst not lie.
Ether 3:13 And when he had said these words, behold, the Lord showed himself unto him, and said: Because thou knowest these things ye are redeemed from the fall; therefore ye are brought back into my presence; therefore I show myself unto you.
Ether 3:14 Behold, I am he who was prepared from the foundation of the world to redeem my people. Behold, I am Jesus Christ. I am the Father and the Son. In me shall all mankind have life, and that eternally, even they who shall believe on my name; and they shall become my sons and my daughters.
Ether 3:15 And never have I showed myself unto man whom I have created, for never has man believed in me as thou hast. Seest thou that ye are created after mine own image? Yea, even all men were created in the beginning after mine own image.

Jesus Christ continues on about faith, shows himself to him, and talks about other things.

The Lord finally tells the brother of Jared the truth about what he saw:
Ether 3:16 Behold, this body, which ye now behold, is the body of my spirit; and man have I created after the body of my spirit; and even as I appear unto thee to be in the spirit will I appear unto my people in the flesh.

The Lord certainly has a way in relationships.

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  1. EXTRA: I’ve noticed that in discussions with others (esp. Christians), LDS often start out with and get stuck on the Godhead/ Trinity and… whether God has a body or not. And the discussion goes on and on forever, rarely getting any further.

    Folks, look at the Brother of Jared! How much did not knowing what God looked like impact his faith? After all that interaction with the Lord, he still didn’t know–and it was ok; at the right time, he learned. What was important were God’s attributes, such as God not lying, building up faith, and caring for humans.

    Comment by grego — 2011, April 14 @ 12:28 am

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