Welcome to the 1990 Independence Edition of the Book of Mormon followed by Commentary. The views expressed in this podcast are those of the podcaster and don't necessarily reflect the beliefs of the Church of Christ.
Wrestling with God. What is the secret to a remission of our sins? How is it done? This small book is like a testimony from Enos to the church on any given Wednesday night prayer service. The lesson that is to be learned is to have faith in Christ. Believe in Christ then "go to it", and be a Christian.
The last words of Jacob are recorded in chapter 4, complete with an Amen. Then we have another chapter that was added. Remember we are writing on metal plates here. We can't just press delete or backspace so instead we get a denouement. The encounter with Sherem was important enough that Jacob added it to his record and it is a defining moment for Jacob. We learn more about him. Then, he feels his age and time wearing on him and he describes his life "as it were a dream". Maybe its just me, but I relate to it in a sort of french film noir kind of way. The doomed working-class antihero, alone, haunted by the impending doom of his brothers attacks on his people, resigned to his fate as the defender of Christ and leader of the stiff necked Nephites. As his scene ends he tips his Fedora hat and says, "Adieu".
Who was Xenos? I am not sure, but I love his prophecy as related by Jacob. Grab your crayons and a blank sheet of paper and get ready to visualize each step of the prophecy. It is a lot of coloring and it might be hard to understand at times, but if you "Go to and labor with your might" you just may gain a deeper understanding of the prophecy of Xenos.
Materials needed for this podcast. Two blank sheets of paper (one to start over with). A green crayon (Israeal, the Tame Olive tree). A brown crayon (the Gentiles, the wild Olive tree). A red or orange crayon(depending on if you prefer apples or oranges as good fruit). A black crayon (bad fruit).
With a topic that thematically relates to Christian Tactician, I take my turn at diagnosing the duties and responsibilities of a man. The responsibility of the ministry to be "watchmen" is the same responsibility that husbands have over their families, with the same consequences for failure. Jacob is compelled by God to condemn the actions of the Nephites with harsh words such that "many hearts died, pierced with deep wounds." The whole Church suffers from the consequences of sin. I believe these two chapters are written in such a compelling and powerful way so as to give men warning who hear it. I for one am convicted by Jacob's strong imagery and the explanation of the consequences of failure upon our children and our wives. Indeed, the entirety of the Church of Christ is not unaffected by the sins of the few. These chapters are difficult for a man to hear. Sometimes I ask myself, "How can a man ever be Holy? How is it done?"
The topics of this podcast include baptism 600 years before Christ, endure to the end, and then Nephi ends his portion of the Book of Mormon "throwin' shade" on all the bad guys with a mic drop and a bat flip. What an incredible life and a gauntlet thrown for all the future contributors to the Book of Mormon. His life story will be celebrated and remembered throughout the world as a standard and the world will be judged by the words he was commanded to write.
Modern day churches, Epicurean Ideals, and Theology are discussed at the beginning of Chapter 12. "Is it okay if I attend another church since I am a scattered member?" We are judged by our works. We aren't supposed to judge another man's works. Our works are our own confirmation of where we stand with God. What have you done for the Lord today? The chapter ends with a few last opinions of the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon.
Isaiah is confusing. If you don't believe me then listen to Nephi, he said as much. As confusing as Isaiah is there is a promise and a hope associated with his words and there is a reason God had them recorded for us. In the last days, when it is wisdom in the Lord and it is His will, we will know when the prophecies of Isaiah are fulfilled. Many great verses are highlighted in this chapter. Ever wonder why God instituted the Law of Moses? Nephi gives us an explanation of why his people obeyed the law. Plenty of verses that speak to our day and time.
Nephi continues to quote Isaiah. I have only selected a few verses from each chapter and I am reluctant to expound on the meaning of these prophecies. I highlight a few verses here and there that are more notable and recognizable to everybody. "Here am I; send me." and "To the law and to the testimony..." are two that should feel like putting on an old sweater. We know these verses. Do you know what a teil tree is? How about a gin? I had to look them up.
The first of three chapters that quote Isaiah. I highlight a bumper sticker verse, a word that is missing from the book of Isaiah and reference the fact that Nephi plainly states that the law of Moses typifies Christ. Nephi states that these words of Isaiah apply to us, to all people everywhere, not just God's ancient covenant people.
Jacob preaches a great sermon and Nephi decides to add it to his book. Several statements of Jacob are found to be "words in red". The subject of Jacob's sermon is death and hell, and the resurrection and eternal life. If you have ever wondered, "What happens when we die?" these chapters are for you.
The opinions contained in this podcast are that of the author and don't necessarily reflect beliefs of the Church of Christ.
In other words sometimes I am wrong and I am willing to be forgiven.
Nephi had sisters? They get four words in chapter 4. Beginning of the Nephite/Lamanite separation. Chapter 5 begins long quotes of Isaiah chapters 49-52ish with a few words that were missing from the Bible that add volumes of prophetic understanding. This was an exciting chapter to study.
Friend of the Podcast, Adam Yates has made a suggestion regarding Ch.5 vs. 2 and we have added bonus commentary to the end of the podcast. It is important to point out that there was no Levitical priesthood in the Book of Mormon. They were, "called of God, and ordained after the manner of his holy order."
The "Little Joseph" and the "Oh Wretched Man That I Am" chapters. Two chapters that are remembered for their powerful prophecies and gritty content. We read Lehi's last words to his family and his little Joseph. Chapter three is hard to read out loud because of the emotion that it is written with. As Nephi stated, "...upon these (plates), I write the things of my soul".
Lehi's last words to his sons. The opposition in all things is discussed as well as man's free will and opportunity to have joy. Bible references interspersed add great cross references to your studies and clearer understanding of the topics. At the time of this recording I had four boys, we shall see if the last comment will still be applicable in September.
Chapter 6 is Isaiah 48-49, Chapter 7 is Nephi explaining Isaiah to his brothers (and us). Many great verses to highlight in chapter 7. Basically, disregard everything you've read about how scary the Book of Revalation is because Nephi tells us not to worry or fear. Unless, you belong to a Church that is set up to become popular in the eyes of the world, then you should worry.
The namesake, Chapter 5 verse 122, Laman and Lemuel get shocked with lightning by Nephi superhero style, listening to and feeling the still small voice, and other highlightable (is that a word?) verses from chapter 5.
A short chapter with few comments that are aimed more at individual verses for study; as opposed to a reflection on the chapter, which flows through a concise and easy to understand narrative requiring little interjection.