In this episode we look at Lehi’s prayer and his vision of the burning rock, and we’ll we’ll being to compare Lehi and Ezekiel’s visions, and the first evidence that Lehi was in fact a Kabbalist, a student of revelation.
1:3a [1:4a] ¶ For it came to pass in the commencement of the first year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah (my father Lehi(1) having dwelt at Jerusalem in all his days),
1:3b [1:4b] And in that same year there came many prophets, prophesying unto the people that they must repent or the great city Jerusalem must be destroyed.
1:4 [1:5] Wherefore, it came to pass that my father Lehi, as he went forth, prayed unto YHVH(2), yea, even with all his heart in behalf of his people.
1:5a [1:6a] ¶ And it came to pass as he prayed unto YHVH, there came a pillar of fire and dwelt upon a rock(3) before him;
1:5b [1:6b] And he saw and heard much; and because of the things which he saw and heard, he did quake and tremble exceedingly.
1:6 [1:7] ¶ And it came to pass that he returned to his own house at Jerusalem; and he cast himself upon his bed, being overcome with Ruach Hakodesh(4) and the things which he had seen;
1:7a [1:8a] And being thus overcome with Ruach Hakodesh, he was carried away in a vision, even that he saw the heavens open;
1:7b [1:8b] And he thought he saw Yah(5) sitting upon His throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels(6) in the attitude of singing and praising their Elohim(7).
This text has been edited from the original to change Greek or English terms to the Hebrew.
RAV is the Book of Mormon version more commonly used by Community of Christ and their offshoots, [OPV] is the version more commonly used by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their offshoots. Neither version was available in the original denomination.
(1) Lehi: Hebrew, “jawbone.”
(2) YHVH: The name of the Eternal God, also known as the Tetragrammaton, commonly translated as Yahweh, Jehovah, Yehovah, or LORD. In this podcast it is pronounced “Yah`vah.”
(3) Rock: צוּר (tsur). Yah YHVH is called the eternal Rock in Isaiah 26:4.
(4) Ruach Hakodesh: “The Glory of God or God’s Glory.” Used to describe the Holy Spirit or the Spirit of God. Through the Holy Spirit we receive God.
(5) Yah: Yod Hei, Yod representing The Creator or the Divine Masculine (Heavenly Father), and Hai the revelation, the Divine Feminine (Heavenly Mother).
(6) Angels: מַלְאַךְ (malak) singular, מַלְאָכִים malakim plural. The divine messengers of God.
(7) Elohim: “Gods.” Can denote the Godhead or Trinity as a whole, God the Father & Mother, or the Masculine and Feminine aspects of God.
Music: “Impact Moderato” by Kevin MacLeod