I’m reading the Old Testament, which is a mixed bag. There are some lovely parts and others which I feel are pretty worthless. Although some are historically important, I think. Just finished Jeremiah and boy, did he wear me out with his negative attitude. I’m now into Ezekiel. Ezekiel is a poet. There’s a beauty to his writing, although a lot of it is the same kvetching to God’s chosen people about their shortcomings as Jeremiah. But yesterday, I read this and it hit me. I’ve read the Old Testament I don’t-know-how-many times but never noticed this:

Ezekiel Chapter 4, verse 16: ” Morever he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem and they shall eat bread by weight and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment:
And 17: That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away their iniquity.”

Which made me think of the sin-eaters. I’ve seen those shows on TV and read stories about the sin-eaters and been rather grossed out. Somebody comes in after a person dies and eats a lot of food which eats the dead person’s sins.

Never bought that as a concept. But the reference to sin and bread and water made me think there’s another way to consider the sacrament. Besides re-committing ourselves to Jesus and a life of righteousness, are we consuming our sins? I kind of like that concept. And I’m going to think about it from now on as I take the sacrament.

One other thing I loved that I read last week is from the Book of Mormon. I’m reading both, because in the middle of the year last year, the bishop asked us to read the Book of Mormon and so I said, “fine.” And read this nugget from Alma, chapter 19, verse 23:

“Now we see that Ammon could not be slain, for the Lord had said unto Mosiah, his father: I will spare him, and it shall be unto him according to thy faith–therefore, Mosiah trusted him to the Lord.”

This, too, struck me. I pray for my kids every day, but we especially worry about our Jared. He drinks like a fish, smokes like a chimney, is 6’2″ and weighs 125 lbs. He has questionable friends and lives in a remote area where anything could happen. He drives to work at 3 in the afternoon and home again, 40 miles, at 3 am. He’s impulsive and obnoxious and angry and regularly gets in bar fights and sports black eyes. Anything could happen. Obviously, he’s not, as Alma, repentant and preaching the gospel and doing the Lord’s work. However, perhaps according to our faith, the Lord will be mindful of him. So, like that scripture, I’m going to trust him to the Lord.

I love the scriptures.