I'm trying to read a chapter from each of the Standard Works daily (so four chapters - but seeings how short the Doctrine and Covenants is...not sure how long that would last unless I re-read them).
Anyways, my favorite chapter in the scriptures is John Chapter 8 which is loaded loaded loaded with doctrine and insight into our Savior. It's the chapter where the woman is caught in adultery is brought before him in the temple and he says that he doesn't condemn her and tells her to go and sin no more.
|Mercy...came about because of mercy|
And yet....Joseph wasn't willing to have her killed by stoning or accuse her of adultery publicly but was simply wanting to separate himself from her privately and let her be.
I hadn't thought that he was like the savior in this instance in John 8 when he didn't condemn the woman. Mary hadn't committed adultery but Joseph had no reason to believe any other explanation and yet....he wasn't wanting to set her up for what was going to be an ugly fate under the law.
(Like father, like son).
I suppose if we think about it, had Joseph had that fate carried out immediately we wouldn't have had a savior because his mother would have been killed. So in some sense, Christ owes his life to his mortal father's mercy, and the woman taken in adultery also owed her salvation as well to Joseph's mercy. Heck....even Joseph's own forgiveness and salvation came because of his own temperance.
Amazing how some things seem to pay themselves forward eternally.
Also amazing to me though is how often heavenly father has to operate outside the rules...and assure people like Joseph that what's happening really is of him. Seems to happen quite a bit in the scriptures.