Sharing my thoughts after reading our assignment each week in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families.
“As you read Matthew 13 and Luke 8; 13, think about how you will prepare yourself to “hear” [I add: maybe in General Conference?] and appreciate the Savior’s teachings in these parables. What will you do to apply these teachings in your life?” [Header, Lesson for Mar 18-24, 2019, “Who Hath Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear”.]
Journaling my impressions:
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I found especially poignant the JST (Joseph Smith Translation) equivalent of KJV (King James Version) Matthew 13:30, footnote b, completely reversing the words and the meaning of the content of the verse: Not “first the tares”, but rather the tares second, with “first the wheat into my barn; and the tares are bound in bundles to be burned.” (Italics in footnote, indicating words that are absent in the original KJV text.) How may we listen first to the wheat of the words of the prophets and have ears to hear regarding the content of General Conference next month?
I also like (yet again) Christ taking care to teach deliberately the local people who are rebellious (leaders, Pharisees, Sadducees, scribes, others) about power: The power to heal (that they should have held as holders of the priesthood of God), or the power to understand the doctrine (that the sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath [KJV Mark 2:27]). See also JST Mark 2:26-27.
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