Wednesday, October 5, 2011

the meaning of words

two little additions for your collection:

"Elohim" is the Hebrew name for God and appears in the Bible over 2,000 times. "El" translates to God and the "im" is a pluralization, yet when it is used to refer to the God of Israel it is grammatically singular.

So, God's name describes him as having a singularness AND a plurality. Makes sense right?

To me this seems to indicate the necessity of one being "as one" in order to be like God. Which fits with the commandment Christ gives that we be one as he is one with the father. But I think it also goes a step further, that to be like God and have a fullness of glory and increase there is another pluralization that has to take place...
D&C 131:1-3 In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees; And in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this order of the priesthood [meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage]; And if he does not, he cannot obtain it. He may enter into the other, but that is the end of his kingdom; he cannot have an increase.
and so:
1 Corinthians 11:11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.

Which all gives more light to this verse of the hymn "O My Father" by Eliza R. Snow:
I had learned to call thee Father, 
Through thy Spirit from on high, 
But until the key of knowledge 
Was restored, I knew not why.
In the heavens are parents single? 
No, the thought makes reason stare!
Truth is reason, truth eternal 
Tells me I've a mother there.


When the saints who settled in Salt Lake City applied for statehood they were told they had to name the state "Utah." The two theories for the name:
  • That it is taken from the Ute indian name, which means "people of the mountains"
  • That it was a word taken from the native Ute indian language and comes from an Apache word
    (yuttahih) which means "one that is higher up"
Either way it is REALLY interesting to note Isaiah's prophecy concerning the building of a a house of the Lord (a temple) in the last days:
Isaiah 2:2-3 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

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