One of the things that thrills me about the scriptures is that I find jewels like this . . .
In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses is recounting to the children of Israel all of the great miracles that Jehovah did for the people. In Deut. 4:33-34 he pointedly asks them:
“Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live? Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?”
This question not only highlights the miraculous events they had experienced from the time they left Egypt, but it also brings to the forefront the idea that Israel was special. God had never done for any other people what he had done for them.
Why did God do it?
“Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the Lord he is God; there is none else beside him.” (Deut. 3:35)
Yes, the Lord wanted them to know that HE is God. The only God.
But notice the two words that I marked with bold-italics. Those are the very words that caught my attention. “Was showed.” This is why . . .
Compare Isaiah 29:13-24 with 2 Nephi 27:25-35. You will see some stark differences. Only ONE of the following highlights made it into the Old Testament version:
“And wo unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord! And their works are in the dark; and they say: Who seeth us, and who knoweth us? And they also say: Surely, your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay. But behold, I will show unto them, saith the Lord of Hosts, that I know all their works. For shall the work say of him that made it, he made me not? Or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, he had no understanding?
“But behold, saith the Lord of Hosts: I will show unto the children of men that it is yet a very little while and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field; and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest.
“And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.
“And the meek also shall increase, and their joy shall be in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
“For assuredly as the Lord liveth they shall see that the terrible one is brought to naught, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off;
“And they that make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of naught.
“Therefore, thus saith the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale.
“But when he seeth his children, the work of my hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel.
They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.” (2 Nephi 27:25-35)
There you have it. The Lord showed Israel through significant miracles. As part of his “marvelous work and a wonder”, he will also show us.
He will show. We will see. As assuredly as the Lord liveth!
- Deuteronomy 4:35 – Moses recounts; Israel was shewed.
- 2 Nephi 27:25-35 – Marvelous work and a wonder (compare Isaiah 29). Those whose works are in the dark, will be shown
- 2 Nephi 29:14 – In gathering his people, God will show that he keeps the covenant he made with Abraham
- 3 Nephi 16:12 – God will show that the Gentiles have no power over Israel
- 3 Nephi 21:9-10 – In performing the marvelous work and a wonder, God will show his wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil
- Mormon 9:11 – God will perform miracles
- Doctrine & Covenants 35:8 – God will show miracles, signs, and wonders
There are many more instances… do a search for “will show” and “see”. Have fun seeing!