Then there's time for action.
Jarom was a man of action.
He says in the first few verses that he won't record any prophecies, etc. It had all been said. Jarom did not record the prophecies and revelations he had received because he said that previous writings already revealed the plan of salvation in sufficient detail. I can see his point. These past couple chapters have been so inspiring. Already my little Book of Mormon is fat with notes.
Jarom speaks of the continuing spiritual apostasy among many of his people (v3).
He also speaks of many who have revelations and keep the commandments.
In Jarom's day there was a growing, diverse society. People with many practices and beliefs.
It might have been much like our day where there are many righteous, but also many who are stiff necked and refuse to obey the teachings of the Lord.
Here is a list of things I found in this chapter that seperates the righteous from the wicked:
1) Accept God’s mercy.
2) Have faith
3) Listen to the Spirit
4) Observe to keep the commandments
5) Keep the Sabbath Day holy
6) Choose leaders who were mighty men of faith and taught righteousness
7) Fortified themselves against the enemy
8) Were diligent and long-suffering in teaching the law of God and persuading them for believe in Christ
1) Hard hearts – unwillingly to feel
2) Deaf ears – choosing to ignore god’s word, whether from His prophets or from the scriptures or from the Spirit
3) Blind eye – refusing to see the hand of the Lord in life all around them
4) Stiff necks- refusing to turn to the Light
5) Use profane language
7) Scattered – not unified
8) Loves murder – hello, look at the crime everywhere… video games, movies, music lyrics, news, war
To "prick their hearts with the word" meant that the priests and teachers kept the people stirred up to repentance. Think about a time when your heart has been pricked by the words of a prophet or another Church leader or teacher to get your life in order or continue in good works.
To be learned is good, but to be actively engaged in a good cause, better.
Faith is a verb. To find ourselves on the “righteous” list we must act on what we know… we must act in faith. I think Jarom is a great example of this.
What did you think/learn today?