Thursday, January 31, 2013

Judgement of a Righteous King (2 Nephi 21 & 22)

Time to sweep the dust bunnies off my keyboard and corntinue my blog.  Yes, Christmas + lots of visitors + new schedule and duties at work + wedding anniversary + Isaiah is difficult + too much stuff in this office and a messy desk + I'm a lazy no-account by nature = It's been a struggle to get back to this blog.  But, I ain't getting any younger, so...

At the end of the day you're another day older
And that's all you can say for the life of poor John
It's a struggle, it's a war
And there's nothing that anyone's giving
One more day standing about, what is it for?
One day less to be blogging.

I left off in November (for goodness sakes) with 2 Nephi 20.  Today we'll continue on with  
2 Nephi 21, and maybe even go into 22, since it's a shorty.

2 Nephi 21: 1
1.  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.

2.  And the Spirit of The Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of The Lord;

3.  And shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of The Lord; and He shall not judge after the sight of His eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears.

4.  But with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth; and He shall smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall he slay the wicked.
So, Jesse was David's dad, and Jesus Christ was a direct descendant of David, King of Israel.  That means that, if the Romans hadn't conquered Israel and brought them into subjugation, Jesus Christ would have been born the King of Israel.

It also says up there in verse 4 that Jesus will judge the poor and the meek with righteousness and equity.  Now that's my kind of justice system.

Ain't gonna be no botched DNA tests, biased witnesses, or nonesuch like that in Heaven.  Ain't nobody gonna spend 23 years in outer darkness before new evidence comes to light, and overturns his conviction. 


2 Nephi 21: 6 is a famous one:
6.  The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

9.  They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of The Lord, as the waters cover the sea.  
I would assume that this prophecy is talking of a day as yet to come, probably after the 2nd coming of The Savior, when there will be peace on earth.  Like real peace.  Like the bitterest of enemies, like goats and wolves and lions and sheeps and stuff, will hang out together and not fight, or eat one another.

Won't that be an amazing thing to see?  Imagine turning on the news and having nothing but goodness and kindness abounding everywhere.  In fact, the news programs would probably be canceled due to low ratings.

That'll be nice, huh?

I find verse 9 interesting... It says that peace will come because the whole world will be full of the knowledge of The Lord.  What a day that will be.

2 Nephi 22 is a short one.  Let's do a couple verses, shall we?

Verse 2 & 3:
2.  Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid; for The Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also has become my salvation.

3.  Therefore, with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

And a little child shall lead them...

Peace be with you...