No Tongue Can Speak – 3 Nephi 17:1-25

1 Behold, now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words he looked round about again on the multitude, and he said unto them: Behold, my time is at hand. [My time to leave is close.]

2 I perceive that ye are weak, that ye cannot understand all my words which I am commanded of the Father to speak unto you at this time. [How are they weak? Spiritually, they are not capable of ingesting the degree of revelation they have been given. The Spirit brings a level of comprehension that the carnal man struggles to understand. It is not that these people were unrighteous, but had not learned to exercise the degreee of faith which normally would be required to experience what they have this day. But there is a remedy.]

3 Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again. [To “ponder” is to prayerfully consider and free your mind to allow the Spirit to teach you. It leads to the free flow of revelation. It is a focused effort and not a random meditation. When we are asked to pray always, it means to continually allow your thoughts to consider the words of the Lord. The Lord had commanded these people to ponder upon His words until He came again that they may better understand.]

4 But now I go unto the Father, and also to show myself unto the lost tribes of Israel, for they are not lost unto the Father, for he knoweth whither he hath taken them. [These are the other sheep, but not just a single body of people for they had splintered into more than one group.]

5 And it came to pass that when Jesus had thus spoken, he cast his eyes round about again on the multitude, and beheld they were in tears, and did look steadfastly upon him as if they would ask him to tarry a little longer with them.

6 And he said unto them: Behold, my bowels are filled with compassion towards you.

7 Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.

I saw when the Lord healed the people. About a third of the people came forward to be healed from everything from hearing loss, old wounds, vision loss, arthritis, and anemia. Only a few had extreme healing needs. Many of the people had to be encouraged by others to come forth, for many felt their infirmities were too insignificant. It was a beautiful blessing for them and took about two and a half hours, for the Lord did the healing relatively quickly. (personal journal)

8 For I perceive that ye desire that I should show unto you what I have done unto your brethren at Jerusalem, for I see that your faith is sufficient that I should heal you.

9 And it came to pass that when he had thus spoken, all the multitude, with one accord, did go forth with their sick and their afflicted, and their lame, and with their blind, and with their dumb, and with all them that were afflicted in any manner; and he did heal them every one as they were brought forth unto him.

10 And they did all, both they who had been healed and they who were whole, bow down at his feet, and did worship him; and as many as could come for the multitude did kiss his feet, insomuch that they did bathe his feet with their tears.

11 And it came to pass that he commanded that their little children should be brought.

12 So they brought their little children and set them down upon the ground round about him, and Jesus stood in the midst; and the multitude gave way till they had all been brought unto him.

He said that there were 147 small children that were brought to Him as He commanded. Some of the older children held the smaller. They ranged from a few months old to about age 9, with the youngest placed closer to the Lord. They all got down on the ground. It says in the record that they all knelt, but it means to bow down to the earth. Most were sitting and some were on their knees. (personal journal)

13 And it came to pass that when they had all been brought, and Jesus stood in the midst, he commanded the multitude that they should kneel down upon the ground.

14 And it came to pass that when they had knelt upon the ground, Jesus groaned within himself, and said: Father, I am troubled because of the wickedness of the people of the house of Israel. [The Lord is pleased with the righteousness of these people, yet there are so many more of the House of Israel that remain in their wickedness. Everything the Lord has done, the creation of this earth, the great sacrifices, and what will soon come to pass, all of it is to save the house of Israel. The Lord groans within Himself as He yearns to save all of them. When the Elect are gathered in the last days there shall be a great rejoicing as a fullness of joy sweeps the heavens!]

15 And when he had said these words, he himself also knelt upon the earth; and behold he prayed unto the Father, and the things which he prayed cannot be written, and the multitude did bear record who heard him.

16 And after this manner do they bear record: The eye hath never seen, neither hath the ear heard, before, so great and marvelous things as we saw and heard Jesus speak unto the Father;

17 And no tongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man, neither can the hearts of men conceive so great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard Jesus speak; and no one can conceive of the joy which filled our souls at the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father. [What was spoken at this time by the Lord that was so overwhelming to the people that their hearts were filled with joy and they saw and heard unspeakable things?]

As the Lord prayed in the Spirit, all could hear the Lord express His thoughts. He spoke of the Plan of Redemption, the Creation, and [Edit]. He bore witness to the great names of those who were among these chosen people. He revealed the true nature and identities of many who were among them. He spoke of great deeds of faith and love which these chosen people had performed, especially these Blessed children who were among the Noble and Great Ones. The Spirit was so strong that these same children spoke prophetic words and sacred words for days following the experience. The Lord commanded them not to record some of what was shared during these experiences. (personal journal)

18 And it came to pass that when Jesus had made an end of praying unto the Father, he arose; but so great was the joy of the multitude that they were overcome.

19 And it came to pass that Jesus spake unto them, and bade them arise.

20 And they arose from the earth, and he said unto them: Blessed are ye because of your faith. And now behold, my joy is full. [What is it that brings a fullness of joy? It is to see the completion of task commanded of the Father that leads to the saving of souls.]

21 And when he had said these words, he wept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them.

22 And when he had done this he wept again; [To “weep” would seem as such a mortal emotion, but it is godly. The Lord laughs, weeps, ponders, and eagerly anticipates the repentance and progression of all His children. Such emotions in their pure form adds to the fullness of joy that is experienced. “Men are that they might have joy.’]

23 And he spake unto the multitude, and said unto them: Behold your little ones. [They are far greater of spirits than you even imagined!]

24 And as they looked to behold they cast their eyes towards heaven, and they saw the heavens open, and they saw angels descending out of heaven as it were in the midst of fire; and they came down and encircled those little ones about, and they were encircled about with fire; and the angels did minister unto them.

When the angels descended they were in the glory of the Lord, which is often referred to as fire. There are flame-like licks of light, but it is white and not orange in color. There is a golden tint to it, but these angels were viewed with the spiritual eyes. For these people, there was no delineation between what was seen with the spiritual and physical eyes. It was seen in congruence together. (personal journal)

25 And the multitude did see and hear and bear record; and they know that their record is true for they all of them did see and hear, every man for himself; and they were in number about two thousand and five hundred souls; and they did consist of men, women, and children.

 

 

 

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6 Responses to No Tongue Can Speak – 3 Nephi 17:1-25

  1. S Silver says:

    “Many of the people had to be encouraged by others to come forth, for many felt their infirmities were too insignificant.“

    If this is the “natural man” reaction, does that mean the Lord desires to heal us from everything, including the insignificant? [It is our nature to refrain from asking God thinking we should do it all ourself. But, after asking we must remember to trust in the Lord. PR]

    Also, the Lord is incredibly generous. Did the people have to ask specifically for what they needed healed? Or did He heal them of everything, including the small things they had so long lived with they forgot to ask for healing for it? [I don’t know the answer to that. Good question. PR]

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  2. S Silver says:

    Is the faith to be healed a small amount of faith compared to other things? It seems Christ was able to do this even though they did not have the faith required to comprehend other things, as Christ mentioned. [To repent and seek healing requires the same amount of faith. PR]

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  3. James Boren says:

    This encounter with Christ, was it all seen thru spiritual eyes, or a combination of physical and spiritual? [The people experienced it both physically and spiritually. PR]

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  4. Nate says:

    V20.. “Blessed are ye because of your faith. And now behold, my joy is full. And when he had said these words, he wept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them. And when he had done this he wept again”

    Why exactly was He weeping? “and the mutitude bare record of it” [I have wept before as I’ve watched my children do wonderful things that touched my heart. The Lord was filled with joy at witnessing so many of His children together exercising exceeding faith. PR]

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  5. Myrsmakeup says:

    As the Lord prayed in the Spirit, all could hear the Lord express His thoughts. He spoke of the Plan of Redemption, the Creation, and [Edit]. He bore witness to the great names of those who were among these chosen people. He revealed the true nature and identities of many who were among them. He spoke of great deeds of faith and love which these chosen people had performed, especially these Blessed children who were among the Noble and Great Ones. ….. I’m overwhelmed with JOY!!! This is so beautiful and humbling to feel the Spirit through these miracles.

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  6. Nate says:

    That makes me feel good. For me that’s the most revealing passage of scripture about the nature of God, His will and love for us. The Lord who desires us come to Him and is overjoyed to tears when His children do… just wow!! So amazing.

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