Sitting here pondering what to write.
I could write about a synopsis of 1st Nephi, which I finished last night, or I could just dive into 2nd Nephi. I think I'll do the latter.
Verse 6 could be quite the controversial verse, for people who didn't like the Spanish conquest, or Christopher Colombus. Yet, the verse still is what the verse still is. Plainly stated, "there shall none come into this land save they shall be brought by the hand of the Lord.", and that's that.
Verse 7 is a pretty cool promise, if we're living righteously, but it also is a very damning verse for those who aren't living righteously. Also, it causes me to wonder how exactly the blessing of "a land" affects me, personally? In the beginning, the land
was cursed due to Adam's transgression.... I don't believe it ever says that Adam himself was directly ever cursed. Not sure about that one, but I'm just curious about what effect the cursing of a land (or blessing thereof) has on us.
Verse 9 is equally as cool, and along the same lines. The word "forever" is used quite a bit.
Verses 10 and 11 are quite reminiscent of today's times. I have absolutely no idea if it's relevant or not, but it sure seems like the current surge of illegal immigrants might be at least a partial completion of this prophecy. Again, I'm in no way sure of this at all.
It seems like the rest of the chapter is Lehi straining, exerting, and exhorting his wayward sons to keep the commandments of God.
One verse, however, kind of causes me to wonder a bit. Verse 22 states that should Laman and Lemuel not repent, they will incur the displeasure of a just God upon them, even unto "the eternal destruction of both soul and body."
My question should be obvious. If the resurrection of Christ took eternal care of the body of everyone, how would Laman and Lemuel's bodies be destroyed eternally?
Nope... Not sure about that one at all.
Anyway... That's enough for tonight.