(February 18, 2014)
I can certainly understand what Reuben is saying here. Sometimes, when we look at our past, we think that punishment is not only appropriate but also necessary. We feel that we cannot outrun our past. But, as in the case of Reuben, we are blessed in that we would necessarily have suffered for our sins but the Savior has put into place a mechanism by which we can escape those sins and come to be saved. God provided Joseph, so that Reuben would not be brought to death for his sin against Joseph. God provided Christ, so that we will not be brought to death for our sins against Christ, if we will only repent and believe.