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All the people witnessed the Savior calling them to repentance, just as we all experience the Savior calling us to repentance (verse 1).
Then there is silence.
When someone who has been waiting for something, believing in something, hoping in something – or, rather, someone – and then it becomes real-er than real right in front of them in their own eyes and own ears, it’s hard to process the experience! The people are astonished (verse 2). They are also stilled and quietened from their mourning, for the Savior has spoken to them and even His voice has comfort in it. Rather than leaving them in their own hell of suffering, He has shown them purpose in it, and given them hope for what is unfolding, and given them direction by telling them what to do. They are not lost.
They hear His voice again (verse 3), and He calls them as descendants of the covenant. These people, who should be in the covenant, have not really fulfilled their own covenants, as if they are on pause – so He calls to them as descendants of the covenant, urging them to become covenant-keepers (verse 4). These scattered “children”, alone and listless, wandering through their own wilderness, hear the voice of their Shepherd, calling them home, gathering them together, reaching out to rescue them and bring them home (verse 5). They only need to let Him; they only need to follow His voice (verse 6).
Without him, their lives are desolate and barren (verse 7). The people know this, and this is why they mourn (verse 8). For three days, the people feel the darkness and despair of what it is to be away from God’s presence and left to their own demise (verse 9).
But when they experienced His comfort and His peace, “their mourning was turned into joy, and their lamentations into the praise and thanksgiving unto the Lord Jesus Christ, their Redeemer” (verse 10).
When they responded to the Savior, they were able to see how all the scriptures had been fulfilled (verse 11).
So, by believing the words of the prophets, and responding to the call of the Savior, “the more righteous part of the people were saved” (verse 12), and they were not burned or swallowed up by the earth or carried away in the storm, and they were not overpowered by the darkness (verse 13).
And now, whoso readeth, let him understand (verse 14).
This was the fulfillment of all the prophets had told, the fulfillment of all the Savior had promised (verses 16-17). Those who believed the words and listened to the Savior “did have great favors shown unto them, and great blessings poured out upon their heads” (verse 18), even so much as to see the Savior Himself (verse 19).