History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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light, must have taken away from him all the light which <​November 16 Joseph’s Letter to the elders, continued.​> he hath. And if the light which is in you become darkness, behold how great is that darkness? Therefore says the Savior, speak I unto them in parables, because they, seeing, see not; and hearing, they hear not; neither do they understand: and in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith: by hearing ye shall hear and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see and not perceive.
Now we discover, that the very reason assigned by this prophet, why they would not receive the Messiah, was, because they did or would not understand; and seeing they did not perceive; for this people’s heart is waxed gross; and their ears are dull of hearing; their eyes they have closed, lest at any time, they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and should be converted and I should heal them.
But what saith he to his disciples: “Blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears for they hear; for verily I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen [HC 2:265] them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.”
We again make a remark here, for we find that the very principles upon which the disciples were accounted blessed, was because they were permitted to see with their eyes, and hear with their ears and the condemnation which rested upon the multitude, which received not his saying, was because they were not willing to see with their eyes, and hear with their ears; not because they could not and were not priviledged to see, and hear, but because their hearts were full of iniquity and abomination: as your fathers did so do ye. The Prophet foreseeing that they would thus harden their hearts plainly declared it; and herein is the condemnation of the world, that light hath come into the world, and men choose darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil; This is so plainly taught by the Savior, that a way-faring man need not mistake it.
And again, hear ye the parable of the sower: Men are in the habit, when the truth is exhibited by the servants of God, of saying, all is mystery, they are spoken in parables, and, therefore are not to be understood, it is true they have eyes to see, and see not; but none are so blind as those who will not see: And although the savior spoke this parable to such characters, yet unto his disciples he expounded it plainly; and we have reason to be truly humble before the God of our fathers, that he hath left these things on record for us, so plain, that, notwithstanding the exertions and combined influence of the Priests of [p. 644]
light, must have taken away from him all the light which November 16 Joseph’s Letter to the elders, continued. he hath. And if the light which is in you become darkness, behold how great is that darkness? Therefore says the Savior, speak I unto them in parables, because they, seeing, see not; and hearing, they hear not; neither do they understand: and in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith: by hearing ye shall hear and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see and not perceive.
Now we discover, that the very reason assigned by this prophet, why they would not receive the Messiah, was, because they did or would not understand; and seeing they did not perceive; for this people’s heart is waxed gross; and their ears are dull of hearing; their eyes they have closed, lest at any time, they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and should be converted and I should heal them.
But what saith he to his disciples: “Blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears for they hear; for verily I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen [HC 2:265] them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.”
We again make a remark here, for we find that the very principles upon which the disciples were accounted blessed, was because they were permitted to see with their eyes, and hear with their ears and the condemnation which rested upon the multitude, which received not his saying, was because they were not willing to see with their eyes, and hear with their ears; not because they could not and were not priviledged to see, and hear, but because their hearts were full of iniquity and abomination: as your fathers did so do ye. The Prophet foreseeing that they would thus harden their hearts plainly declared it; and herein is the condemnation of the world, that light hath come into the world, and men choose darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil; This is so plainly taught by the Savior, that a way-faring man need not mistake it.
And again, hear ye the parable of the sower: Men are in the habit, when the truth is exhibited by the servants of God, of saying, all is mystery, they are spoken in parables, and, therefore are not to be understood, it is true they have eyes to see, and see not; but none are so blind as those who will not see: And although the savior spoke this parable to such characters, yet unto his disciples he expounded it plainly; and we have reason to be truly humble before the God of our fathers, that he hath left these things on record for us, so plain, that, notwithstanding the exertions and combined influence of the Priests of [p. 644]
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