Wed - Jan 30, 2008 : 10:03 pm
1st Nephi : 19
Ya know, I love verse 6, and verses like it (2nd Nephi 4, for example). The reason is quite simple.
Sometimes it's hard to remember that prophets are people, too. They're just subject to Satan's temptations and mistakes and errors and such as we are. Verses like this remind me that they aren't perfect, and it brings them down to a more palpable level, due to my own imperfections.
The problem comes back again after reviewing the lives of prophets, because even though they may say they're only human, most of their actions / fruits / work is hardly thus. Looking at the life of Nephi, for example, is rife with spirituality of a level seemingly so high, it's untouchable. Thank heavens for the fact that it's completely ridiculous to compare ourselves to others - even prophets. I wouldn't stand a chance if I knew I had to be at the same level Nephi was to "make it."
Wow.... I'm not quite sure to what write about the rest of the chapter. I don't remember this being a particularly spiritual chapter, but Nephi was prophecying to the peoplew who would later get his book - that means us... that means me. I believe this is the first time in the Book of Mormon this is done.
I like how he mentions prophets of the Bible which aren't there anymore: Zenos, Zenock and Neum. I find that particularly inspired.
Of course verse 23 and 24 are wonderful in that they teach us how to properly apply the scriptures to our benefit - just in case we couldn't figure it out... *smile*
I like this chapter - a lot.