Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Revelation 3:18

"I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thy eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see."
Revelation 3:18

Interesting.  About three and a half years ago, when I started the scripture of the day list, the very first scripture was Revelations 3:17, the verse before this.  It reads, "Thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked."  A very compelling scripture.  This next verse kind of tells us how to solve the problems outlined there, even though we don't perceive them at times.  God counsels us to buy gold from him, that has been tried in the fire.   I'm not sure what that means, but it could be trials that are supposed to refine us... it could be people who have been so refined... or it could be anything in life that helps us to be better... the real riches of life, rather than the fleeting ones of worldly wealth.  White raiment is a fairly clear reference to the temple.  The temple offers us instruction, kind of on a gospel graduate level, so that not only our physical bodies are clothed, but that we are clothed with knowledge and power.  And the eyesalve seems to refer back to the fact that we are blind, and have a hard time seeing our own faults and needs clearly... The scriptures could be part of that eyesalve, as could prayer, or anything that helps us to have the spirit of truth in our lives so that we are less likely to blind ourselves, and more likely to see our opportunities to improve.  Today, let's work on accepting the counsel of the Lord. :)

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