Friday, November 3, 2000

Isaiah 28:9-10 -- On Learning Line Upon Line

"Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little."
Isaiah 28:9-10

This is interesting.  Sometimes I get ahead of myself, and want God to tell me all the really intricate hard-to-understand things, when usually, I haven't even gotten the basics down.  It is hard for us sometimes to realize that we can't just skip up to college when we are in second grade... those things seems way way more interesting.  But we'll never be able to cope with all the things that we are presented with in college until we learn the basics.  And some of the basics are pretty tough.  We have to pass faith 101 way before we can take the graduate level Faith 980... the class that the Brother of Jared took in order to move Mount Zerin. 

We're all at different levels, because God teaches us individually.  We can't expect to jump into Holy Ghost 723 before we pass remedial Holy Ghost 99.  So, we need to know our level better, and one way to do that is to ask the Lord to teach us that particular thing... he will always give us a lesson that will challenge us, and help us to pass the current class. :)

Also though, because we are all on different levels, we can't hold anyone to our personal standards as we are trying to build each other and help each other.  Only to general gospel standards.  The gospel says, "Keep the Sabbath Day Holy."  So, we can talk about what we are each trying to do in that area, but we're almost certainly in different classes on most subjects.  Don't try to hold someone to Sabbath Day 450 when they are struggling with Sabbath Day 101.  It won't help.  And, you know... if you are in some 101 classes, don't despair... so are we all.  You can't major in everything. :)  We're good at different things, and that's one of the reasons we need each other... so that we have someone to teach, and someone to learn from.

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