Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ezra 2:63-65

"And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and with Thummim.
The whole congregation together was forty and two thousand three hundred and threescore,
Beside their servants and their maids, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and there were among them two hundred singing men and singing women."
Ezra 2:63-65

This is cool stuff. As a little background Tirshatha means basically Governor. This is during the time when the king was allowing the Jews to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, and so they were trying to get the priesthood and everything back in order so that they could build and maintain the temple. I like in the first verse the reference to the Urim and Thummim. For those of you who don't know, the Urim and Thummim was used by Joseph Smith during part of the translation of the Book of Mormon... and so it is really interesting to read about it here in the Old Testament. :) And, here, it doesn't even seem clear whether there is just one, or whether it is a class of objects associated with priests and priesthood. Very interesting. :)
The other part that I thought was cool is that they had two hundred singing men and singing women. :) Boy, whoever invented the radio really made us lose out, that's all I can say. Can you imagine hiring someone to come and sing to you all day? That is COOL. :) And makes me understand all of those scriptures about angels gathered around the throne of God so much better... if you were God, wouldn't you have singing men and singing women around all the time? :) In *fact* ... maybe that can be my new career goal. :) And hey, if we have a chance to sing to someone today, let’s try it… maybe it’ll give us more job options in the eternities. :)

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