Ether 7 – Political Intrigue & Prophets

Orihah rules in righteousness. He has 31 children, 23 of them sons. He has Kib in his old age, who reigns after him. Kib’s son Corihor “rebelled against his father, and went over and dwelt in the land of Nehor.” (4) His children are very fair and they draw away many people after him.

And when he had gathered together an army he came up unto the land of Moron where the king [Kib] dwelt, and took him captive, which brought to pass the saying of the brother of Jared that they would be brought into captivity.” (5)

Now we see the prophetic warning of Mahonri (earlier) come to pass, only two generations later. Kib begets Shule in captivity.

And it came to pass that Shule was angry with his brother; and Shule waxed strong, and became mighty as to the strength of a man; and he was also mighty in judgment.

Ether 7:8

Not only was he mighty in strength, but in spirit as well. He was wise, which suggests God was with him. Shule makes swords for those who follow him and he “gave battle unto his brother Corihor, by which means he obtained the kingdom and restored it unto his father Kib.” (9)

Kib grants Shule the kingdom, and he reigns in righteousness and they spread out over all the land. Shule has many sons and daughters. Corihor repents of the evil which he did, and Shule grants him power in the kingdom. This shows that Shule was forgiving.

One of Corihor’s sons is Noah. He rebels against Shule and his father “and drew away Cohor his brother, and also all his brethren and many of the people.” (15) He beats Shule and “carried him away captive into Moron.” He wants to slay Shule, but Shule’s sons sneak in and kill Noah instead and restore their father to his throne.

This kingdom is full of intrigue, like Mahonri had worried would happen.

Now, there are two kingdoms. Shule’s and Cohor’s (Noah’s son). Shule’s kingdom prospers exceedingly.

And the country was divided; and there were two kingdoms, the kingdom of Shule, and the kingdom of Cohor, the son of Noah.”

Ether 7:20

Cohor goes against them in battle, and “Shule did beat them and did slay Cohor.” (21) Cohor’s son, Nimrod, gives up the kingdom to Shule in order to “gain favor in the eyes of Shule; wherefore Shule did bestow great favors upon him, and he did do in the kingdom of Shule according to his desires.” (22)

Prophets come into the land and begin to prophesy that their wickedness and idolatry will bring a curse upon the land if they don’t repent (23) The people “did revile against the prophets, and did mock them.” (24)

How do I treat the words of the living prophet today?

Do I listen and heed his counsel? Or do I treat his words lightly or even mock them as the words of an old man who doesn’t understand or relate to our day?

Shule executes judgment against any who revile the prophets. He institutes laws that gave religious freedom, so the prophets could bring the people unto repentance. And the people do repent.

And because the people did repent of their iniquities and idolatries the Lord did spare them, and they began to prosper again in the land.”

Ether 7:26

We live in a nation and world full of political intrigue, as the Jaredites did. What I learn from this chapter is that political activism only goes so far (and can often go too far). Moderation in all things–even politics.

But what stands out to me more is that they prospered when they listened to the prophets and repented of their sins. Then God spared them and blessed them abundantly.

This Friday, our prophet will speak to the world at 11 PM (MST in the US). It will be for 15 minutes. Will we tune in and listen? Or will we ignore his prophetic counsel to us and be caught up and strangled even more by the political intrigue in our day?

Prophets speak for God. How much do I want to hear Him?

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Resources:

Russell M. Nelson (prophet, seer, and revelator of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) – A Message of Hope and Healing

Come Follow Me manual – Book of Mormon 2020

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