Thursday, April 21, 2016

What Manner of King Is Jesus?

The head God organized the heavens and the earth. I defy all the world to refute me. In the beginning the heads of the Gods organized the heavens and the earth. Now the learned priests and the people rage, and the heathen imagine a vain thing. If we pursue the Hebrew text further, it reads, "The head one of the Gods said, Let us make a man in our own image," I once asked a learned Jew, "If the Hebrew language compels us to render all words ending in heim [-him, -hiym] in the plural, why not render the first Eloheim [Elohim, Elohiym] plural?" He replied, "That is the rule with few exceptions; but in this case it would ruin the Bible." He acknowledged I was right. I came here to investigate these things precisely as I believe them. Hear and judge for yourselves; and if you go away satisfied, well and good.

In the very beginning the Bible shows there is a plurality of Gods beyond the power of refutation. It is a great subject I am dwelling on. The word Eloheim ought to be in the plural all the way through--Gods. The heads of the Gods appointed one God for us; and when you take [that] view of the subject, its sets one free to see all the beauty, holiness and perfection of the Gods. All I want is to get the simple, naked truth, and the whole truth. - Joseph Smith

God Most High in Hebrew is El-Elyon, not Elohim, which means "Gods," signifying the divine council.

While the text of the endowments has a provenance that originates with Brigham Young and not Joseph Smith, it is reasonable on historical grounds to infer Brigham's endowments were based on an original from Joseph. Therefore, let us ponder the following quotes a little more deeply.

Elohim: Jehovah, Michael, see--yonder is matter unorganized. Go ye down and organize it into a world like unto the worlds that we have heretofore formed. Call your labors the first day, and bring me [us?] word.

Jehovah: It shall be done, Elohim. Come, Michael, let us go down.

John 5:43 I am come in my Father’s name....

John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Luke 6:46 ¶And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

JST Mark 10
42 But Jesus called them, and said unto them, Ye know that they who are appointed to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.

43 But it shall not be so among you; but whosoever will be great among you, shall be servant of all.

44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.

45 For even the Son of Man came, not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

JST Luke 22
24 There was also a strife among them, who of them should be accounted the greatest.

25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and they who exercise authority upon them, are called benefactors.

26 But it ought not to be so with you; but he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he who is chief, as he who doth serve.

27 For whether is he greater, who sitteth at meat, or he who serveth? I am not as he who sitteth at meat, but I am among you as he who serveth.

JST Matthew 23
1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, saying, The Scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat.

2 All, therefore, whatsoever they bid you observe, they will make you observe and do; for they are ministers of the law, and they make themselves your judges. But do not ye after their works; for they say, and do not.

3 For they bind heavy burdens and lay on men's shoulders, and they are grievous to be borne; but they will not move them with one of their fingers.

4 And all their works they do to be seen of men. They make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, and love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi, (which is master.) [today, "president," "elder," etc]

5 But be not ye called Rabbi; for one is your master, which is Christ; and all ye are brethren.

6 And call no one your creator upon the earth, or your heavenly Father; for one is your creator and heavenly Father, even he who is in heaven.

7 Neither be ye called masters; for one is your master, even he whom your heavenly Father sent, which is Christ; for he hath sent him among you that ye might have life.

8 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

9 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased of him; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted of him.

What manner of King therefore is the Christ?

Whose requests is Christ fulfilling in heaven?

What is a God but an omnicompetent servant who loves everyone even as himself?

What does it mean to serve someone except to grant their requests?

How does one serve one's fellow man if it isn't by granting their requests even as Jesus did?

How does one serve God if it isn't by keeping his commandments even as Jesus did?

What manner of men therefore had ye ought to be?

Additional considerations:

He Shall Gird Himself

Psalm 82 - Directions to Ponder Upon

3 Nephi 13:10 Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Even in heaven, as he was upon the earth, Jesus is the servant of all.

JST Matthew 10:21 Remember, the disciple is not above his master; nor the servant above his lord. It is enough that the disciple be as his master, and the servant as his lord.

D&C 130
1 When the Savior shall appear we shall see him as he is. We shall see that he is a man like ourselves.

2 And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy.