Sunday, August 21, 2011

Enoch becomes a Seer

And he heard a voice from heaven, saying: Enoch, my son, prophesy unto this people, and say unto them—Repent, for thus saith the Lord: I am angry with this people, and my fierce anger is kindled against them; for their hearts have waxed hard, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes cannot see afar off; (Moses 6:27)
When the Lord calls Enoch to be a prophet, the first wrongdoing the Lord wants Enoch to testify of against man is that “their hearts are waxed hard, their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes cannot see afar off.” Enoch is eventually told to anoint his eyes with clay and then wash them, with the promise that he would see. Other people have noted how this washing becomes a symbol of washing the world out of Enoch’s eyes. The result:
And he beheld the spirits that God had created; and he beheld also things which were not visible to the natural eye; and from thenceforth came the saying abroad in the land: A seer hath the Lord raised up unto his people. (Moses 6:36)
This seems to be how the Lord works to encourage others to see also—He raises up a seer to be a good example of the benefits of seeing afar off. He shows men how natural eyes (of the natural man) can’t see. Enoch’s seer eyes could see the spirits God created, whether embodied or not, I suppose. He could also see things not visible to the natural eye. This could be coming events as consequences of actions, the past from a truer perspective, the evidences of God’s hand, the coming promises that would be fulfilled, and more.

What things do you “see” because our current prophet's example? What do you "see" as a member that others around you don’t see with their “natural” eyes?


Curls said...

The prophet's example is so inspiring. He is such a great man-how could I not wish to be more like him?

Clifford said...

I see a universe of incredible beauty in which nothing is truly ever lost. Socrates, J.S. Bach, Jenny Lind, Albert Einstein still shine on ... and God Himself might on some fine day stroll across the moons of Saturn or span a nebula with his hands.

Ramona Gordy said...

I am so thankful for our prophet Thomas S. Monson. I am just starting to fully understand and appreciate what he has been called to do. I appreciate his personal sacrifice to be our prophet. Most of all because of his encouragement to us all to "stretch" ourselves and to endeavor to "be one",I have allowed my self to trust in God more and not be afraid of what he chooses to show me.
In my own blog, I use it as a journal of sorts to record all that I am learning. I have re-read my patriachal blessing and found promises that have come to pass, despite what I did or did not do. When I read the scriptures, I do "see" them in a more clear way, and I see how they all fit together. The Book of Mormon now "speaks" to me. I enjoy reading it and more and more I can tap into just a little bit of the excitement that Joseph Smith must've felt each time he completed a chapter. It can be breath taking.

Michaela Stephens said...

Thanks for sharing your feelings!

One thing I'm finding out about President Monson is that his feelings run very deep and so often plain words don't capture the full sense of his message. I'm finding his stories help me "see" with my soul rather than just my analytical word-focused brain.