I was reading the Pearl of Great Price the other day. Moses 7 gave me a few things to think about.
26 And he beheld Satan; and he had a great chain in his hand, and it veiled the whole face of the earth with darkness; and he looked up and laughed, and his angels rejoiced.
27 And Enoch beheld angels descending out of heaven, bearing testimony of the Father and Son; and the Holy Ghost fell on many, and they were caught up by the powers of heaven into Zion.
28 And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the residue of the people, and he wept; and Enoch bore record of it, saying: How is it that the heavens weep, and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains?
29 And Enoch said unto the Lord: How is it that thou canst weep, seeing thou art holy, and from all eternity to all eternity?
30 And were it possible that man could number the particles of the earth, yea, millions of earths like this, it would not be a beginning to the number of thy creations; and thy curtains are stretched out still; and yet thou art there, and thy bosom is there; and also thou art just; thou art merciful and kind forever;
31 And thou hast taken Zion to thine own bosom, from all thy creations, from all eternity to all eternity; and naught but peace, justice, and truth is the habitation of thy throne; and mercy shall go before thy face and have no end; how is it thou canst weep?
32 The Lord said unto Enoch: Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands, and I gave unto them their knowledge, in the day I created them; and in the Garden of Eden, gave I unto man his agency;
33 And unto thy brethren have I said, and also given commandment, that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood;
34 And the fire of mine indignation is kindled against them; and in my hot displeasure will I send in the floods upon them, for my fierce anger is kindled against them.
35 Behold, I am God; Man of Holiness is my name; Man of Counsel is my name; and Endless and Eternal is my name, also.
36 Wherefore, I can stretch forth mine hands and hold all the creations which I have made; and mine eye can pierce them also, and among all the workmanship of mine hands there has not been so great wickedness as among thy brethren.
37 But behold, their sins shall be upon the heads of their fathers; Satan shall be their father, and misery shall be their doom; and the whole heavens shall weep over them, even all the workmanship of mine hands; wherefore should not the heavens weep, seeing these shall suffer?
38 But behold, these which thine eyes are upon shall perish in the floods; and behold, I will shut them up; a prison have I prepared for them.
39 And that which I have chosen hath pled before my face. Wherefore, he suffereth for their sins; inasmuch as they will repent in the day that my Chosen shall return unto me, and until that day they shall be in torment;
40 Wherefore, for this shall the heavens weep, yea, and all the workmanship of mine hands.
- God weeps. You know what that says to me? He had a mother once. A mother who came to the rescue when she heard him cry. He was once like us. He was created just the way we were. He was not the first to design the human form. The generations of gods go backwards and far as they go forwards: eternally.
- In The God Who Weeps, Terryl and Fiona Givens point out that God does not weep simply because His children break His commandments. He weeps primarily because in doing so, they bring suffering upon themselves. He cries for our spiritual pain more than for our sins. A God who weeps is a God of empathy.
- Crying indicates a vulnerability. So does God, the master of ocean, earth, and sky, have vulnerability? Is there a way you can “defeat” God if you so chose? God weeps when he sees the pain His children go through because of their own choices. If you wanted to hurt God, there is no way other than to inflict pain upon yourself by sinning—or by causing other people to sin. This puts distance between a divine Father and His offspring, sometimes permanent distance. Hence the Adversary does all he can to enlarge that distance—not just between God and His children on earth, but between himself, Lucifer, the son of the morning, and his own abba.
- God has limits. If we insist on that distance, He will let us choose it. He gave us our agency and our knowledge—two of the most important attributes of godhood. And as embryonic gods of our own, we are free to push against His godly power with our own.
- Sadness is a divine trait. God does not feel fear, nor is He not ignorant, and these two traits we are meant to abolish as we seek to become like Him. But he does weep. Why? Because grief and mourning are the deepest expression of love. And God is love.
- I wonder how an “everlasting happiness” is possible in heaven, if we have loved ones who chose to break away from us and reject their Heavenly Father. If “the whole heavens” weep over lost souls, what is it really like there? Will we just move on, emotionally? I don’t know.
- Does God weep at a single, specific moment in time? Or does He exist and observe and feel outside of time’s linear progression, a general grief over those who choose the other way?
- Millions of earths like this: what scientist posited that theory back in the 1830s? In fact we know there are potentially billions in our galaxy alone. But no one even suspected it back then.
- Is there anything more frightening to contemplate than the sound of Satan laughing?
- God has prepared a prison for those who repent not. In other words, a place of isolation with potential for reflection and change. A place to let conscience burn in torment of guilt. But they will not be in that torment forever. They can still choose to repent, even after their failures in mortality. A God who weeps is a God who can forgive, for like the father of the prodigal son, He is not only waiting for His children to come home, He is watching, and will see us afar off.