I believe that Sherem is the first "villain" of the Book of Mormon after Laman and Lemuel, who could be considered an "anti-christ". Not 100% sure, but I don't remember anything standing out in 1st or 2nd Nephi. This guy reminds me of Nehor, Korihor, and Amalickiah.
Some points of interest this time around are:
- Jacob cites his "many revelations", and his seeing angels and hearing the voice of the Lord to his unshakable faith. I'm sure there are other ways to come to have an unshakable faith like that, I just find it interesting he cites those three things. (verse 5)
- Interesting that in verse 7, Sherem states that nobody can know of things to come. He then, in verse 9 declares there shall "never be" a Christ, as if to prophesy himself of some future event, sure to never happen.
- I always wondered what caused Sherem to die. Was he old? Did the Spirit kill him? Did fear of his supposed impending doom kill him? Relating this to King Lamoni being nourished while unconscious, he most certainly did not die soon after having the revelations.. I don't know.. I'd like to know.
- I appreciate verse 22, Jacob's telling us why he was happy at the events which happened. Not sure if that includes the death of Sherem, or just the change of heart of the people, after his testimony.
And there ya have it! Tomorrow is Enos!