Actually Shavuot was officially yesterday (the Jewish Sabbath) but since I am not Jewish, I decided to celebrate it today (the Christian Sabbath). Learning about Shavuot, and why the Jewish people celebrate it, has been an incredible gift to my family. Rereading and studying the story of Moses has been a sweet experience for the family, as we really are trying to understand the significance of this event in our lives.
As members of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, I know I do not feel the same way about the 10 commandments that Jewish people do, but as a member of the The Church Of Jesus Christ, I think that we have a unique view about the role revelation plays in religion today.Our “Articles of Faith” number nine states “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.”
It is our “bold assertion” that “God’s words. . .never cease” that has set us apart from most religions, who feel as if God has given us all that he has to give us. It is this “bold assertion” that made my father’s heart sing when he met with the Elders 40 years or so ago. I remember him telling me as a child, that at first, when the missionaries introduced the idea of modern day prophets and The Book Of Mormon to him, he thought to himself “What?! More scripture then the Bible?” and then immediately something came to him that said “Of corse, doesn’t God love everyone equally? Are we not as important to him, as the children of Israel were in Bible times? Why then would we NOT have more scripture than the Bible, and why then would we NOT have living prophets today?”. I have pondered that story my whole life and everytime I ask myself those questions, I am filled with joy knowing that we truly DO have living prophets that speak to us today and that revelations have not ceased!!!
Tonight, with that “bold assertion” ringing in my ear, I am going to gather my family together, light our burning bush luminaires, pull our the scriptures and we are going to start reading the whole night through! We are going to show the Lord that WE are ready to receive revelation when ever he is willing to give it AND that we honor and value the revelation ALREADY given.