In this week’s review of the Book of Mormon, we’ll look at chapters 5 through 9 of 2 Nephi. Here Jacob, another of Lehi’s sons, reads from the brass plates chapters 50 and 51 of Isaiah, which primarily discusses the mission of God’s Endtime Servant. We can look at Dr. Gileadi’s commentary on these two chapters here for more information. But we are going to focus our review on chapter 9 where Jacob expands on the destiny of man that we saw in last week’s review and calls it God’s Great Plan. We will look at the primary themes of this chapter and then summarize.
In this week’s review of the Book of Mormon, we’ll look at chapters 1 through 4 of 2 Nephi. However, our focus will be on the concepts presented in chapter 2. Lehi in chapter 2 takes us into a philosophical discussion about mortality and expands our understanding of the need for a mortal experience by introducing us to the concept of free agency and how man determines his own existence by the choices he makes and how he can retain his agency in eternity through the redemption of the Messiah.
In this week’s review of the Book of Mormon, we’ll look at chapters 19 through 22 of 1 Nephi. Nephi reads out of the plates of brass two chapters from Isaiah chapters 48 and 49, and then in chapter 22 Nephi interprets these two chapter for his brothers. It is chapter 22 of 1 Nephi that we will focus on for this week’s review. What we get in chapter 22 is a general outline of a last days scenario of the restoration of the House of Israel. Here, Nephi separates this scenario into six major events.
In this week's review of the Book of Mormon, we’ll look at chapters 16-18 of 1 Nephi. One of the primary stories we see in this week's reading is that Lehi and Ishmael's families embark into the wilderness. Here Nephi sets out what could be called a “wilderness pattern” in the scriptures. Nephi’s telling of this wilderness journey in the Book of Mormon parallels the wilderness journey we see in the Torah with ancient Israel in the book of Numbers or Bemidbar – in the wilderness – which is the term the Jews use for this book. Likewise, the prophet Isaiah foretells of an Endtime wandering in the wilderness for the righteous who flee Babylon. This week we will look at how God uses a wilderness experience to put a new heart into His people, which we can link to the prophecy in Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Ezekiel 36:24-28.
In this week’s review of the Book of Mormon, the central theme that we see is a corruption of the record of the Jews and a loss of God’s covenants. The puzzling thing is that as we look forward into the Book of Mormon, God’s covenants are not laid out in a nice structured format. Instead, what we see is that a restoration of a fullness of God’s covenants doesn’t occur until the Endtimes, which the Book of Mormon refers to as a marvelous work and a wonder when the wicked are destroyed and the righteous are delivered and enter the Millennial Age. But as individuals, do we have to wait for the End to have a relationship with God? Is Humanity left in limbo for hundreds if not thousands of years to come to know God? Here we’ll look at what covenants we can glean from the scriptures that we have today, what does the Book of Mormon contribute to understand God's truths that have been lost and a method for reconstructing God's covenants.