In this week’s review of the Book of Mormon, we’ll look at chapters 6 through 12 of 1 Nephi. Last week we saw Lehi ascend to God’s Elect status as a savior and deliverer of his family and posterity. This week we continue to look at Lehi’s ascent, but here Lehi receives knowledge, which is one of the blessings of those who ascend to God. As a person ascends to God, their knowledge of Him grows and the end result of this knowledge is that they becomes more effective in teaching the Gospel and bringing souls to the Messiah. Central to God’s plan to save Humanity is the Savior of Mankind – Yeshua HaMashiach – even the great Yehovah incarnate, the Son of the Eternal Father and here we see Lehi receive a knowledge of Him and the Plan of Salvation.
We are going to start a new journey and analyze the Book of Mormon from a Torah perspective. Latter-day Saints (Mormons) revere the Book of Mormon as sacred scripture – inspired men who recorded their interactions with the Divine. Further, the Book of Mormon claims to have origins with ancient Israel, which appears to be continuing narrative of God’s interactions with a remnant of His covenant people. In this post, we’ll look at how to know if the Book of Mormon is a valid representation of God’s truth, then we’ll consider the primary theme of the first five chapters of 1 Nephi, and then see if it supports Torah and a Hebrew Gospel.