Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 7

Isaiah speaks messianically—The Messiah will have the tongue of the learned—He will give his back to the smiters—He will not be confounded—Compare Isaiah 50. About 559–545 B.C.

I love the gentle reminder found in vs. 1. It is WE who sell ourselves. Christ has not moved. It reminds me of the story of a married couple who enjoyed riding next to each other in the seat of their old truck. As the years passed, the space between them got larger. No longer did they snuggle as they drive down their country roads. In a moment of frustration, the wife ask, “why don’t you sit by me while we drive anymore?” The man continued to drive. “Who moved?” he quietly said.

No one answered when the Lord called in vs. 2. Who moved? Israel. That means us. If we feel alone; if we feel as though God has left us to our own devises; if we complain that He has left us, who moved? Yet… Christ still has the power to deliver us. Isn’t that cool!

I love verse 8. It has that "Are you looking at me?" sort of feeling- but in a righteous way. It makes me think of the scripture that talks about how they that are with us are greater than they that are with them. I love the gentle reminder that the Lord is near and He justifies me… He will help me.

We really are playing on two teams here: The Savior's or the Devil's. That's a bottom-line truth.

To me on the Savior's team takes purposeful righteous choices. Anything less than that puts you on the Adversary's team- even if you choose to do nothing.

I know whose team I want to be on, who I want to stand together with: my Savior, Jacob, Nephi, President Monson, my Bishop, Moses, Adam, Joseph Smith, Paul, my parents, and so on. We are all on the Savior's team- the team we know will triumph in the end. It's a great place to be.

I also love vs. 11. I love the imagery of fanning a fire. We were each given a “spark,” a Light of Christ, as we came to earth. Pray, scripture study, service, pondering, obedience, they are all part of “encompassing” ourselves in “sparks”. Each time we feel or learn from the Spirit we are fanning the Light that is like Christ and a part of Christ, within us. That is so cool too!

I don’t know about you, but I want to let it shine!

What did you think/learn today?

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