Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2011, December 5

Book of Mormon | “Lehi: Prophets Don’t Hoard to Prosper but Share to Help (1 Nephi 1)” by grego

Book of Mormon | Lehi: Prophets Don’t Hoard to Prosper but Share to Help


When Lehi sees the impending doom of Jerusalem and its inhabitants, he shares it with them, even when they don’t want him to:
1 Neph 1:18 Therefore, I would that ye should know, that after the Lord had shown so many marvelous things unto my father, Lehi, yea, concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, behold he went forth among the people, and began to prophesy and to declare unto them concerning the things which he had both seen and heard.
19 And it came to pass that the Jews did mock him because of the things which he testified of them; for he truly testified of their wickedness and their abominations; and he testified that the things which he saw and heard, and also the things which he read in the book, manifested plainly of the coming of a Messiah, and also the redemption of the world.
20 And when the Jews heard these things they were angry with him; yea, even as with the prophets of old, whom they had cast out, and stoned, and slain; and they also sought his life, that they might take it away…
1 Nephi 2:1 For behold, it came to pass that the Lord spake unto my father, yea, even in a dream, and said unto him: Blessed art thou Lehi, because of the things which thou hast done; and because thou hast been faithful and declared unto this people the things which I commanded thee, behold, they seek to take away thy life.
2 And it came to pass that the Lord commanded my father, even in a dream, that he should take his family and depart into the wilderness.

So Lehi saw what was going to happen:
1 Nephi 1:13 And he read, saying: Wo, wo, unto Jerusalem, for I have seen thine abominations! Yea, and many things did my father read concerning Jerusalem—that it should be destroyed, and the inhabitants thereof; *many should perish by the sword, and many should be carried away captive into Babylon*.

*He* could have seen all that and:
–figured he’d keep quiet, “just be righteous” and probably end up a captive, not be killed.
–high-tailed it with his family to somewhere he figured would be safe.
–joined with the Babylonians.
–done the equivalent of “betting on the stock market” with this clear information and taken personal gain on the situation caused by others’ wickedness.

He did none of that. He shared the results of his visions with others in the hope that they would repent and not have to suffer the destructions.

%d bloggers like this: