Thu - Jun 17, 2010 : 12:17 pm
3 Nephi : 1
So, we're starting 3rd Nephi. This should prove to be interesting.
The first thing I noticed was, again, how quickly (and stupidly) people make up excuses for that which is obviously true.
I imagine that living during the time all these miracle were happening (and increasing), would be such a gift. The signs and miracles profesied by Samuel the Lamanite were happening, and happening more and more often. If I were a believer, I'm sure my faith would increase, and my joy would prevail... However... The wicked people HAD to come up with SOMETHING, while all these wonders and miracles were happening. So....
"Oh, hey! Look, there's yet ANOTHER sign that Sammy said would happen, BUT, I did the math last night, and guys, I hate to tell ya, but Sammy was wrong. The birth should have happened yesterday, but it didn't, so, all these signs and miracles and wonders are all well and good, but my math is impeccable, and - well - you lose." Sounds absurd, right?
Yeah, it does, but the mob mentality is a pretty powerful force, and since I imagine all the wicked people were grasping at anything they could get their hands on (which must have been extremely sparse, since the whole "It should have happend last week" thing was thinner than the hair on a bald man's head).
Anyway... Just amazes me the things people will grasp on to, when they know they're wrong, the prophets are right, and it's inevitable the wicked are gonna lose.
Let's continue on.
I just finished the chapter, and that was pretty much it: Bad guys need something to hold on to to make them believe they're right, so they say, "Darn, too late, it's already passed". They make an uproar through all the city and mob-mentality sets in. It sets in so much so that the good-guys start to wonder if their faith has been in vain. Nephi starts getting worried that all the Lord's people will die due to the bad-guys thinking they're right, so he prays. As usual, The Lord's timing is impeccable, and the sign is giving, most likely minutes before the swords would fall, and all the bad guys are stunned, and begin to be really scared. Good guys convert most of the bad guys and the Lord wins again!
I love this section of scripture!