Book of Mormon Scripture Journal Reading; Day #5
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November 28, 2017 1:09 PM:
1 Nephi Chapter 1:
So, the first chapter of 1 Nephi kind of introduces us to Lehi and his family, and Lehi’s calling to be prophet. It’s a simple back story, involving the visions he saw and what he heard, leading him to being called of God. In verse 6 it says [paraphrased]:
And it came to pass…there came a pillar of fire and dwelt upon a rock before him; and he saw and heard much…
Sound familiar? Lehi’s account is similar to Moses’ on Mount Horeb when Moses was suddenly confronted by the Lord from a burning bush. In this time, the Lord told him he was meant to lead the children of Israel out of the hands of the Egyptians (Exodus 3).
The many things Lehi “saw and heard” [verse 6] were not recorded, but when he returned home, it is recorded what he saw in a second vision from God:
7 And it came to pass that he returned to his own house at Jerusalem; and he cast himself upon his bed, being aovercome with the Spirit and the things which he had seen.
8 And being thus overcome with the Spirit, he was carried away in a avision, even that he saw the bheavens open, and he thought he csaw God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels in the attitude of singing and praising their God.
9 And it came to pass that he saw One descending out of the midst of heaven, and he beheld that his aluster was above that of the sun at noon-day.
10 And he also saw atwelve others following him, and their brightness did exceed that of the stars in the firmament.
11 And they came down and went forth upon the face of the earth; and the first came and astood before my father, and gave unto him a bbook, and bade him that he should read.
12 And it came to pass that as he read, he was filled with the aSpirit of the Lord.
13 And he read, saying: Wo, wo, unto Jerusalem, for I have seen thine aabominations! Yea, and many things did my father read concerning bJerusalem—that it should be destroyed, and the inhabitants thereof; many should perish by the sword, and many should be ccarried away captive into Babylon.
Hint: The little letters next to the words in the quotes are footnote holders; you can click on them in your own studies, and will find that they lead to further definition and study of the verses, words, and phrases.
For Lehi, the Lord was commanding him to warn the people of Jerusalem of their imminent destruction if they didn’t repent. So he did as he was told. Lehi went out like many of the other prophets and “…began to prophesy and to declare unto them concerning the things which he had both seen and heard.” [verse 18] But he was soon ridiculed for his actions. The Jews mocked him because he was bringing their wickedness to light. [verse 19] The people of Jerusalem got so angry, that they even “…sought his life, that they might take it away.”, just as they had done the prophets of old. [verse 20]
Lehi was dealing with something very serious. He was dealing with a life threatening mission that could have even affected his family. But he had such immense faith that he continued anyway.
Let me ask you a question: Do you think that Lehi was so intent on telling these people to repent because he thought they were wicked, and needed to know? Do you think he told them because he feared the Lord? Or do you think that he told them because he loved them?
Love is often a weight that helped prophets of old continue on in their duties to the Lord. Whether it be love of the Lord, love of the people, or both, it was a motivator. Lehi warned the people because they needed to be aware of their actions and because he loved the Lord. But it must have been love of the people and their eternal destination that pushed him to keep going even after he went home at the end of the day upon meeting death threats from his friends and neighbors.
At the end of the chapter, Nephi (Lehi’s youngest son and also the one who has compiled Lehi’s writing along with his own record) consoles us with a message that pierces through the ages:
20. …But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender cmercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of ddeliverance.
I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Thank you for tuning into my post! Even though I’m not incredibly consistent, I try, and I appreciate that you all still read my posts!! I will continue to write and pan out chapters of scripture, talks, and more on this blog! 💕💕💕
If you want to learn more about the symbolism of some words like ‘fire’ and ‘pillar’ in the scriptures, you can look at the footnotes for verse 6 on the word ‘pillar’.
(If you are on lds.org, you can go to the right side of the page and click “Show Footnotes” to see the footnotes of ‘pillar’ in verse 6. If you’re on the Gospel Library app, click on the three dots in the right corner of the screen, and press Settings. From there, you’ll see the words, “Hide Footnotes”. You want it to be grey, not orange. If it’s orange, click on it, and your footnotes should be visible when you go back to the scripture’s page.)
You can also look into the Bible Dictionary and Topical Guide and look up ‘fire’, ‘pillar’, and any other keywords you may find interesting! The Bible Dictionary acts as a typical dictionary you would use; it defines and refers. The Topical Guide merely refers you to other scriptures, helping expand knowledge of a certain topic through other scriptures.
Until next time,
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