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Leading up to Christmas – Day 20

<– Day 19                                               Day 21 –>

3 Nephi 1:9

“Now it came to pass that there was a day set apart by the unbelievers, that all those who believed in those traditions should be put to death except the sign should come to pass, which had been given by Samuel the prophet.”

Wow!  So, the unbelievers were SO annoyed by the believers by now that they want to KILL them?  Why not just laugh in their faces if the sign doesn’t come?  The thing is, Satan is getting desperate.  He only has a few more hours before the sign is given.  Once the sign is given, everyone will know that Christ has come and even the unbelievers will repent.  Satan will lose his grasp on a lot of people.  If we repent of our sins, we belong to Christ’s family.  This is no small community.  If there were thousands of believers then there had to have been at least that many unbelievers to be convinced that they could over-power the others.  It is interesting, too, that the unbelievers call the prophecy a “tradition”.  I think that’s another way that we can convince ourselves that something is not from God.  If Satan can convince us to become apathetic or cavalier about the Word of God, he doesn’t have to work as hard for our time.  Then he can spend his time and effort on the believers.  But, if he can stir up the unbelievers to the point where they kill a believer, they’ve shortened his work.  Satan cannot claim the soul of the believer who has lost his life.  But he certainly has a firmer grasp on the soul of the person who took the life of another human being.  The more severe the sin, the harder it is to repent of it.  Maybe, if I start thinking of the Bible (Old or New Testament) as a book full of “stories” or “traditions”, that is an early warning sign that I’m heading down the wrong path.  The nice thing about electronic media is that I don’t have to sound like a broken record. (I wonder if people under 30 know what that sounds like?)  Anyway, click here for my opinion on recognizing truth: Day 13.

Leading up to Christmas – Day 17

<– Day 16                                                        Day 18 –>

3 Nephi 1:6

“And they began to rejoice over their brethren, saying: Behold the time is past, and the words of Samuel are not fulfilled; therefore, your joy and your faith concerning this thing hath been vain.”

These people had had 5 years to really focus on preparing for the birth of the Savior.  They actually had longer if they’d been listening to previous prophets. Some had made no progress at all; in fact it looks like they’ve only grown more evil.  I was thinking about why the Lord had Samuel give the prophecy 5 years before He was to be born.  These people were a continent away from Jerusalem.  The preparation that was needed was not for Jesus’ benefit.  It was for the people’s benefit.  But why would it take 5 years to prepare?  The reason Christ came was to save us from our sins.  For Him to do that, though, we need to recognize our sins and then repent of them.  Repentance is a process.  I also think that repenting is a good habit to develop.  We will never be perfect so there is probably something we could repent of each day.  If we make repentance a habit we will be humble and teachable.  We’ll be able to know when we are being led by the Spirit.  When people question our faith, it won’t shake our faith.