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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Parable of the Lake

Long ago, the king of the land, knowing the end from the beginning, built a dam to capture the living water of a running brook. Over the ages, the dam amassed an enormous amount of living water. The large valley downstream from the land, which didn't have much water from the brook to begin with, became even more of a desolate waste. After a time, the king sent a servant with instructions to break down the dam. He did so, losing his life in the process. The servant's actions sent a wall of water into the valley, where the water level rose to the peaks of the mountains that encompassed it.

The new lake vaunted itself, boasting about the height of its waters. Over time, the water level began to drop. The lake continued to vaunt itself, boasting that it was still mightier than any other lake in the otherwise parched land. Instead of diminishing, the pride of the lake seemed to increase proportionate to the drop in the water level. As the lake settled, it clouded and stagnated, unable to be sustained from only the small brook of water flowing into it. Still, the lake vaunted itself. "See the high water line where I reached? Is this not irrefutable evidence that I am the work of the king's hands, and that I am the mightiest lake in the land?" The delusion of the lake was never ending. What the lake failed to see was that the king knew all along that the water levels would drop. What the lake failed to understand is that the servant's purpose was not to build a lake at all. After completely evaporating, the lake left a layer of fertile soil directly along the path of the living brook, providing the nourishing environment necessary for him to grow fruitful crops. In that day, the former lake---now only a memory---was seen for what it was: a means to an end. In order to have a remnant, you must have something from which it was taken.

48 And it came to pass that the servant said unto his master: Is it not the loftiness of thy vineyard—have not the branches thereof overcome the roots which are good? And because the branches have overcome the roots thereof, behold they grew faster than the strength of the roots, taking strength unto themselves. Behold, I say, is not this the cause that the trees of thy vineyard have become corrupted? (Jacob 5:48)

 7 And when these things come to pass that thy seed shall begin to know these things—it shall be a sign unto them, that they may know that the work of the Father hath already commenced unto the fulfilling of the covenant which he hath made unto the people who are of the house of Israel.
 8 And when that day shall come, it shall come to pass that kings shall shut their mouths; for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.
 9 For in that day, for my sake shall the Father work a work, which shall be a great and a marvelous work among them; and there shall be among them those who will not believe it, although a man shall declare it unto them.
 10 But behold, the life of my servant shall be in my hand; therefore they shall not hurt him, although he shall be marred because of them. Yet I will heal him, for I will show unto them that my wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil.
 11 Therefore it shall come to pass that whosoever will not believe in my words, who am Jesus Christ, which the Father shall cause him to bring forth unto the Gentiles, and shall give unto him power that he shall bring them forth unto the Gentiles, (it shall be done even as Moses said) they shall be cut off from among my people who are of the covenant.
 12 And my people who are a remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles, yea, in the midst of them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he go through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
 13 Their hand shall be lifted up upon their adversaries, and all their enemies shall be cut off.
 14 Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles except they repent; for it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Father, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots;
 15 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strongholds;
 16 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thy land, and thou shalt have no more soothsayers;
 17 Thy graven images I will also cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee, and thou shalt no more worship the works of thy hands;
 18 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee; so will I destroy thy cities.
 19 And it shall come to pass that all lyings, and deceivings, and envyings, and strifes, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, shall be done away.
 20 For it shall come to pass, saith the Father, that at that day whosoever will not repent and come unto my Beloved Son, them will I cut off from among my people, O house of Israel;
 21 And I will execute vengeance and fury upon them, even as upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.
 22 But if they will repent and hearken unto my words, and harden not their hearts, I will establish my church among them, and they shall come in unto the covenant and be numbered among this the remnant of Jacob, unto whom I have given this land for their inheritance;
 23 And they shall assist my people, the remnant of Jacob, and also as many of the house of Israel as shall come, that they may build a city, which shall be called the New Jerusalem.
 24 And then shall they assist my people that they may be gathered in, who are scattered upon all the face of the land, in unto the New Jerusalem.
 25 And then shall the power of heaven come down among them; and I also will be in the midst. (3 Nephi 21)