Wed - Feb 13, 2008 : 11:28 pm
2nd Nephi : 4 - Nephi's Psalm
First, a question.
In verse 15, Nephi states that he delights in the scriptures, and that he writes them according to the spirit. Well... That leads me to question whether or not he realized he was a prophet or not. Very interesting, and possibly stupid, question (maybe he already knew about D&C 68:4).
Now, the chunk of scripture between the end of the chapter and verse 16 is, to me, quite extraordinary. I love reading it because it gives me hope, it's full of honesty and transparency from Nephi, and it's as if Nephi has gone through so many trials, he has to let out some emotional steam, which in and of itself is highly inspired.
I liken these verses to Christ's words, "Not my will, but thine be done", when faced with adversity.
I just finished reading those verses...
The first thing that came to mind while reading was the incredible emotion inside of me. I connect with these scriptures on a lot of different levels. Lots of them.
One thing I love about these verses is the ratio of positive verses compared to negative.
I like to think that these verses are a window into Nephi's soul. There are 18 verses (starting 17), and of them, only 4 are negative, possibly 5, if you count verse 19 as negative, and 14 verses are positive.
I personally think it's fantastic how Nephi openly declares himself a wretched man, and easily beset by temptation.
But what I love even more is that just about as he is stepping into the pitty pool, he turns right around and declares phrases like "nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted"! and goes on to declare that God is the rock upon which he is built. After questioning why his strength slackens, and declares his flesh yielding to sin, giving the evil one place in his heart to destroy his peace in one verse, he continues on for 8 verses praising God and asking that He make him stronger and more able to continue on the pathway to Eternal Life.
I really want to be like Nephi.