Jared is a wicked king who leads a coup again his own father, gets overthrown in another coup by his brothers years later, and then seeks to keep power in any way possible. We have men/women like him today, who are desperate to keep power, no matter what they have to do to keep it. We must beware power-seekers and work to keep them in check through government checks and balances.
After 200 years of peace and unity, pride creeps into this happy group of people and starts eroding away at their humility and happiness. It doesn’t take long for them to spiral toward destruction. How can we root out pride in our own lives?
Samuel contrasts his people, the Lamanites, and the Nephites. One is growing in righteousness. The other culture is dwindling in sin. The difference is where their focus was placed. Do i focus on my Savior Jesus Christ enough, or do other things distract or confuse me from focusing fully on Him?
The Nephites battle long and hard against secret combinations. They even let them get into their government. Even when they sweep them out of politics, they aren’t gone, but attack and then hide in their secret places. We definitely have secret combinations today. What are we doing to fight against this danger?
God has commanded us to build His kingdom on earth? But I think many times we put other kingdoms above His and build those. These worldly kingdoms can be political, social, even our own personal kingdoms of ease and prosperity. Whose kingdom are we truly committed to building? We might need to humbly look at the tactics we are using to see if we are builders for God, or someone else.
We are in a daily battle for our spiritual lives. We must fight daily to keep pride from creeping into our lives, because it is the great weapon Satan uses to weaken us…so he can then destroy us. How do we keep from falling prey to this evil?
This question about pride–not in others, but ourselves–is one we need to always ask ourselves. Pride is the gateway sin that creeps into our lives, like weeds, and can lead us to do so much damage if we don’t carefully root it out daily.
In this short chapter, Mormon shows us the danger of secret groups that creep into hearts and governments and murder and destroy. What can we do to protect ourselves from such evil?
This is one of my favorite chapters in the Book of Mormon. I’ve divided it into 2 parts, and in this one, we’ll focus on what we need to do to prepare to hear the word of God.
Jacob tells us to be wise. How can we be wise in this time of social distancing? How can we nourish others, as God wants us to do, while keeping ourselves and others safe during this pandemic? Can nourishing happen during a time of social distancing? I think it can.