“Behold O Lord Thou Canst Do This”

Jeffrey R. Holland

"For all of his self-abasement, the faith of the brother of Jared was immediately apparent—in fact, we might better say transparent in light of the purpose for which the stones would be used. Obviously Jehovah found something striking in the childlike innocence and fervor of this man’s faith. ’Behold, O Lord, thou canst do this.’ In a sense there may be no more powerful expression of faith spoken in scripture. It is almost as if the brother of Jared was encouraging God, emboldening him, reassuring him. Not ’Behold, O Lord, I am sure thou canst do this.‘ Not ’Behold, O Lord, thou hast done many greater things than this.’ However uncertain the prophet was about his own ability, he had no uncertainty about God’s power. This was nothing but a single, assertive declaration with no hint of vacillation. It was encouragement to him who needs no encouragement but who surely must have been touched by it. ’Behold, O Lord, thou canst do this.’
“What happened next ranks among the greatest moments in recorded history, surely among the greatest moments in recorded faith. It established the brother of Jared among the greatest of God’s prophets forever. As the Lord reached forth to touch the stones one by one with his finger—an action coming in undeniable response to the commanding faith of this man—’the veil was taken from off the eyes of the brother of Jared, and he saw the finger of the Lord’ (v. 6).” (Christ And The New Covenant, p. 17 – 18)
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Bryan Richards