Thursday, January 5, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 8

In the last days, the Lord will comfort Zion and gather Israel—The redeemed will come to Zion amid great joy—Compare Isaiah 51 and 52:1–2. About 559–545 B.C.

What a comforting chapter. Isaiah prophesied not only about the destruction of the wicked in the last days but also about the blessings the Lord will give to the righteous.

Some of my favorite sayings from it:

vs. 1 - "Look unto the rock from whence ye were hewn." I looked up “hewn” in the dictionary. One of it’s meanings is “to be shaped and made smooth.” I like this thought. If Christ is the “rock” then we are taken from the same material He is and are in process of being shaped to be like Him. We are also taken from the earth (one big rock) and shaped into something eternal. Both cool thoughts.

vs. 3 – “the Lord shall comfort Zion… he will make her wilderness like Eden.” It is through Christ that all things are made better. He can take any situation and make it good. We just need to accept His comfort and look for the light and the good. When we do we will be filled with “joy and gladness… thanksgiving and the voice of melody.”

vs. 6 – “lift up your eyes…” This statement reminds me of the story shared in Oct. 2011 Conference of President Monson stepping onto the elevator and teaching that it is always better to look up. Isn’t it great when the words Of the Lord’s servants, the old and the new, testify of each other!

Also in vs. 6, we are reassured that even though the earth may be in a constant state of change, God and His righteousness will never change and never end.

vs. 7 - "Harken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose hearts I have written my law..." (love this one- I'd like to thing that his law is written in my heart). These verses are written to those who have the gospel; those who should know better.

Vs. 9 – “put on the Strength, O arm of the Lord.” We are His arms here on earth. We need to have His power, His strength, His authority with us so that we can move His work forward.

vs. 12 - "I am he, I am he that comforteth you..." Woot! There is relief!

Vs. 22 – The cup referred to in this verse is the bitter cup. It is humbling to think through that day and that time. Today, in seminary, I taught the symbolism of the animal sacrifices found in Leviticus. I asked the kids to think what it might have been like for a young Jesus to participate in this rite knowing what it represents. I felt the Spirit strongly as I testified that Christ did take upon him the sins and pains and worries and frustrations of the world.

I love how encouraging and tender the Lord is with us. Sometimes I brow-beat myself over my weaknesses and mistakes, I Iove the chapters where the Lord says, Come on, LOOK to me and listen. I'll comfort you can take care of you.

What did you think/learn today?

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