Monday, February 5, 2018

Jacob's Sermon Continues -- 2 Nephi 7

What Happens

"Jacob continues reading from Isaiah: 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."
2 Nephi 7 Chapter Heading


Commentary

In our last episode, Jacob was preaching to the people of Nephi, and was reading to them from Isaiah.  This chapter continues that sermon.  It is only 11 verses long, but it gets deep right away.

In the first verse God basically asks how he has abandoned us, and says that he hasn't... we have abandoned him.  He is still there, and he still has the power to redeem us.  I really like in verse 4 where Isaiah tells us that "When ye are weary he waketh morning by morning." God is concerned for us, and he keeps his prophets busy, trying to save us.

Verses 7 and 8 remind us that the Lord is trustworthy.  Even when bad things happen to us, we know that the Lord will keep his promises.  I like "Who will contend with me? Let us stand together."  The chapter has a lot of the "if you fight with God, God will win" idea, which of course is a good thing to keep in mind since we too often set our wills against his, which only causes us pain.  This particular phrase though seems softer.  An offer of unity--the idea of let's not fight; let's figure it out together.  God knows more than we do, even about ourselves and our lives.  If we can learn to trust him, instead of harming ourselves by demanding things that we can't and shouldn't have, we can work with God to find ways to satisfy our needs and wants in ways that will help us find some long-term happiness.

Verses 9 and 10 assure us that God will help us.  The question in verse 10 asking who obeys the Lord and walks in darkness is rhetorical.  The answer is no one.  If we walk with God, we will always have light in our lives.

Verse 11 is interesting talking about people who create sparks.  I think that it is paired with verse 10, and really the whole chapter talking about whether we're trusting God or not.  If we try to light our own lives by kindling our own light--tiny sparks that are quickly extinguished--we can only find eventual sorrow.  God's light is as the sun, brightening everything and helping us see clearly.  With him, we never have to walk in darkness, and we will be able to discern the right path.

Some great advice from Jacob, Isaiah, and of course, God.  Tune in next time as Jacob continues reading from Isaiah as part of his sermon.