“Blessed are they…who have obeyed my gospel…And they shall also be crowned with blessings from above, yea, and with commandments not a few…”
Basically the Lord is saying ” if you obey my commandments, I’ll give you more commandments.”
We live in a world that celebrates a restraint free lifestyle. And the standards Jesus Christ has set through prophets are often viewed by others as restricting. Why would a person who has so many restrictions on their life already, want to get further restrictions?
Commandments = Restrictions.
I will now attempt to explain a different paradigm for commandments.
Father Abraham had a desire that all righteous people should have. He relates it with these words:
“And, finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers, and the right whereunto I should be ordained to administer the same; having been myself a follower of righteousness, desiring also to be one who possessed great knowledge, and to be a greater follower of righteousness, and to possess a greater knowledge, and to be a father of many nations, a prince of peace, and desiring to receive instructions, and to keep the commandments of God, I became a rightful heir, a High Priest, holding the right belonging to the fathers.”
Abraham understood that in order to be a greater follower of righteousness he needed greater laws to follow. Those greater or higher laws come in the ordinances of the priesthood. Abraham knew he had to find the priesthood of God to gain access to those higher laws. And as Abraham obtains those covenants, he is given greater knowledge, greater blessings, and greater peace. Ultimately, he became an heir to the promises of God.
Commandments = Happiness
I will conclude with a more practical example. A group of ancient disciples were given instructions from the Lord. As they were obedient they received further instructions. (See Ether 1-2)
“And it came to pass that they did travel in the wilderness, and did build barges, in which they did cross many waters, being directed continually by the hand of the Lord.”
Ultimately commandments are instructions. They are direction from an all knowing source to us who sit in darkness.
Commandments = Help
And I don’t know about everyone else, but if I’m humble and being honest, I need all the help I can get.