Jesus has just given them the words and prophecies of Isaiah. Now, He gives them this counsel to help them receive further understanding and personal revelation:
“And now, behold, I say unto you that ye ought to search these things. Yea, a commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah.” (1)
How do you search the scriptures?
There are so many ways to do this, but I think the best place to start is to seek for the Spirit to guide us in the ways to search that will be most beneficial to our personalities and learning styles.
Prayer is essential. Searching without heaven’s help is like searching for a destination without a map or GPS. Through prayer, the Spirit can guide us to ask the right questions. He can lead us to the right places where answers can be found. He can keep us humble and teachable.
Jesus gives them two more clues into how to search and learn in verse 4.
Therefore give heed to my words; write the things which I have told you…”
- Give heed. If we seek but don’t act on what we learn, we will not continue to find the answers we so desperately want to know. We must give heed to the words of Christ and act on them to bless others and build His kingdom.
- Write wisdom. Christ asked them to write down the things He has told them. When we search and find answers, we will remember them longer if we record them in a journal or a file that we can return to and read later on in our life. Writing shows that we treasure the wisdom He has led us to find.
Jesus, once again, lays out His doctrine:
And whosoever will hearken unto my words and repenteth and is baptized, the same shall be saved. Search the prophets, for many there be that testify of these things.”3 Nephi 23:5
Jesus now tells them that they haven’t recorded everything He feels is pertinent. He asks Nephi to bring the record of their people to Him. Jesus reads over it and says:
Verily I say unto you, I commanded my servant Samuel, the Lamanite, that he should testify unto this people that at the day that the Father should glorify his name in me that there were many saints who should arise from the dead, and should appear unto many, and should minister unto them. And he said unto them: Was it not so?”3 Nephi 23:9
His apostles tell Him that this did indeed happen.
And Jesus said unto them: How be it that ye have not written the thing, that many saints did arise and appear unto many and did minister unto them?”3 Nephi 23:11
Jesus commands them to record that this sacred event did indeed happen, fulfilling the prophesy of Samuel. He then expounds the scriptures to them “in one” (13) and commands them “that they should teach the things which he had expounded unto them.” (14)
To sum up this chapter, Jesus asked the people to:
- search the scriptures
- give heed to the answers we find through the Spirit
- write down these spiritual treasures, and then
- teach His word to others, to lift and bless them as well.
What is one thing I could improve on today to Hear Him better?