Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Doctrine and Covenants 120:1

"Verily, thus saith the Lord, the time is now come, that it shall be disposed of by a council, composed of the First Presidency of my Church, and of the bishop and his council, and by my high council; and by mine own voice unto them, saith the Lord. Even so. Amen."
Doctrine and Covenants 120:1

This is a verse that refers to the law of tithing and the disposition of the funds involved.  What I find interesting about this one is the foresight involved here.  Even though it was 1838 and the church was relatively small, so many people were involved here on the council that this revelation could last basically forever. :)  Other groups have utterly failed when people have run off with the money, but God makes sure that there are checks in place, even from this time, to prevent the large-scale corruption of the system.  Kind even in that it takes that kind of temptation away from any one person... because it is hard as an individual to be in charge of that kind of worldly wealth and to resist using it for ourselves.  And that is what tithing, the law of consecration, and all of those types of laws endeavor to teach us... to be less concerned with ourselves, and more concerned with the community.  Maybe today we can take God's advice to his church and use it in our own lives... remove that kind of temptation from ourselves alone, and share the big decision-making with others.  If we keep the good of other people at the forefront of our minds, it will help... but it is also awesome to set up life so that we don't have to always rely on our good judgement, since we aren't always in a good frame of mind. :)

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