Jacob takes over the record. He’s already spoken many things as a teacher, but desires to tell them more. He states his purpose:
“I am desirous for the welfare of your souls. Yea, mine anxiety is great for you.” (3) He’s taught them the words of his father and the scriptures from the beginning. Now he’s going to give them a dose of Isaiah because he wants them to learn and “glorify the name of your God.” (4)
Do I feel the desire to glorify my God? Jacob says when we learn the things of God, we will want to do that.
Isaiah’s words are “concerning all the house of Israel; wherefore, they may be likened unto you, for ye are of the house of Israel.” (5) God will lift up the Gentiles (those not of the house of Israel) and “set up my standard to the people.” (6)
This seems to refer to the organization of the Church and a living prophet to guide and set the standard of what God wants his children on earth to know. The Gentiles will “bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.” (6) This could represent missionary work, how we go out and share the gospel of Jesus Christ to others, so they can have the saving ordinances to return to heaven to live with the Father and the Son again.
Missionary work is a duty, but also a blessing. We are so blessed to have been brought out of darkness and know the light and source of truth. That’s why we want to shout it to the world.
Wait on the Lord
…for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.” (7)
In Lehi’s vision, a group of people partook of the fruit (the love of God), but then focused on those in the great and spacious building and were ashamed. They did not wait upon the Lord.
What does waiting on the Lord really mean?
Some definitions of wait include:
- 1) to remain stationary in readiness or expectation; this seems to denote being firm and steadfast, built upon a foundation that doesn’t move…and that foundation is Christ.
- 2) to look forward expectantly; with this definition, to wait upon the Lord means to look forward with gladness to His coming. It implies active faith.
- 3) to serve at meals —usually used in such phrases as wait on tables; with this one, to wait upon the Lord can imply service to Him, asking what He wants us to do, and then, like a good waiter, we serve up all He has ordered. I like that visual.
- 4) to be ready and available; this sort of goes with #3, to wait upon the Lord means we are ready and available to heed His will.
Pick your favorite definition and try to wait on the Lord better, starting right now.
Jacob prophesies that those left in Jerusalem “have been slain and carried away captive.” (8) He tells them that they will return again though and the Lord Himself will “manifest himself unto them in the flesh,” (9) but they will crucify Him because of hard hearts. Judgments will come against them and they will be “smitten and afflicted.” (10)
I love seeing God’s mercy. Even though His people reject Him and crucify Him and are scattered, He holds out hope to them.
Nevertheless, the Lord will be merciful unto them, that WHEN they shall come to the knowledge of their Redeemer, they shall be gathered together again to the lands of their inheritance.”2 Nephi 6:11
And then: “And blessed are the Gentiles, they of whom the prophet has written; for behold, IF it so be that they shall repent and fight not against Zion, and do not unite themselves to that great and abominable church, they shall be saved.”2 Nephi 6:12
Lehi’s dream from the wilderness decades ago is still coming into play in the lessons and teachings of his great and maybe great-great grand-children. It seems that God gave him that dream specifically to help him teach his family/people important truths about the plan of salvation in a way that visually stuck with them, as it sticks with me.
What saves the children of Israel and the Gentiles is repentance…turning to the Lord, their Redeemer. Shunning the wickedness of the world. Repentance softens our hearts, so we know the truth and embrace it. Then we share it with others.
Another verse with promise for those who wait on the Lord (13).
“…the Messiah will set himself again the second time to recover them [those that wait on Him]; wherefore, he will manifest himself unto them in power and great glory, unto the destruction of their enemies, when that day cometh when they shall believe in him; and none will he destroy that believe in him.” (14)
Believing in Christ is vital to our physical/spiritual salvation.
“For the Mighty God shall deliver his covenant people…and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Savior and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” (17-18)