(Compare to Isaiah 29)
The Lord talks about a “spirit of deep sleep” (5) that the multitude of nations shall be under in the last days because of wickedness. But God gives mankind every opportunity to repent and awake from that deep sleep of ignorance. He says:
And it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall bring forth unto you the words of a book, and they shall be the words of them which have slumbered. (6) And behold the book shall be sealed; and in the book shall be a revelation from God, from the beginning of the world to the ending thereof.”2 Nephi 27:7
This is the Book of Mormon, a tremendous blessing to us.
Ready to believe & receive
Joseph Smith said of God’s mercies, that He is more “boundless in his mercies and blessings, than we are ready to believe or receive.” (The Joseph Smith Papers, “History, 1838-1856, volume D-1,” p. 4)
Think of that. God yearns to give us more. He eventually wants to give us all that He has. But He cannot force us to receive the many blessings He wishes to bestow on us. He entices us to do good and to trust Him, line upon line. It’s up to us to prepare ourselves to believe and receive. If we do, the promises Nephi and Isaiah talk about can be ours someday.
And the day cometh that the words of the book which were sealed shall be read upon the house tops; and they shall be read by the power of Christ; and all things shall be revealed unto the children of men which ever have been among the children of men, and which ever will be even unto the end of the earth.”2 Nephi 27:11
This prophesy talks about a learned man wanting to see the sealed book that he can read and translate it, but like we talked about in the last chapter, his motives aren’t pure. “And now, because of the glory of the world and to get gain will they say this, and not for the glory of God.” (16) We must take heed and be aware of our motives. Are they pure? Or do we need to repent and ask God to help us have His motives?
The book is given to an unlearned man—Joseph Smith—and he says, “I am not learned.” (19) And God says, “The learned shall not read them, for they have rejected them, and I am able to do mine own work; wherefore thou shalt read the words which I shall give unto thee.” (20)
God gives to the humble and teachable. Those that are lifted up in pride receive no witness from God, because they think they know it all already.
For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith.”2 Nephi 27:23
How strong is my faith? Do I yearn for more from the Lord? How does this desire manifest itself? Am I striving to believe and receive more?
A Marvelous Work & Wonder
To help in convincing the world of God’s restored truths to help them return to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again, God will proceed to send forth the Book of Mormon, “a marvelous work and wonder” among the children of men. (26)
And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness. (29) And the meek also shall increase, and their joy shall be in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.”2 Nephi 27:30
The Book of Mormon clears up God’s pure doctrine that has been muddled by men over the history of the world. It sheds light on His plan of redemption and testifies over and over again about Jesus Christ and His atonement for mankind. It repeatedly invites all men and women to repent and turn unto their Savior for everlasting life and joy. Because of the Book of Mormon, “they also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.” (35)
- Do I treasure this marvelous work and wonder in my life?
- Do I share this treasure with my family and others?
- Do I strive to believe and receive more by studying this precious work preserved by the hand of God?
He wants to bestow more on us—more blessings, more understanding, more love, more power, more comfort, more strength, more holiness. It is up to prepare ourselves to receive and believe.