For my Book of Mormon eXtreme Challenge, I’m reading – searching specifically for Christ. Today, I ran across the following scripture:
“24 Rebel no more against your brother, whose views have been glorious, and who hath kept the commandments from the time that we left Jerusalem; and who hath been an instrument in the hands of God, in bringing us forth into the land of promise; for were it not for him, we must have perished with hunger in the wilderness; nevertheless, ye sought to take away his life; yea, and he hath suffered much sorrow because of you.” – 2 Nephi 1:24
So…this scripture is actually about Nephi. Lehi is pleading with Laman and Lemuel that they will listen to their righteous, younger brother.
As I was reading it, I couldn’t help but see the parallels to Christ.
- “Rebel no more against your brother…
- Christ is our brother. We shouldn’t rebel against Him, either.
- …whose views have been glorious…
- Aren’t Christ’s view more glorious than any others? He is full of glory, and this is a really good reason not to rebel against Him.
- …and who hath kept the commandments from the time that we left Jerusalem…
- Okay, so here, we have to do a little substitution, but not much. Christ has always kept the commandments. And perhaps, you could say, since the time we left His presence – the pre-mortal world. Before we embarked on our own “journeys in the wilderness.” Any way you look at it, Christ has always kept the commandments perfectly. We can trust him as a leader.
- …and who hath been an instrument in the hands of God, in bringing us forth into the land of promise…
- So – isn’t that the same with Christ? We can’t get into the ultimate promised land without Him. We need His intercession. We need His guidance. We need His grace. Not only that, he has truly been an instrument in God’s hand – Christ has never sought the will of his own, but has only done as the father has commanded him.
- …for were it not for him, we must have perished with hunger in the wilderness…
- I like this idea because 1) we are in the wilderness of our lives. 2) Christ offers Himself as the “bread of life.” → we don’t have to perish with hunger in our wildernesses. We can go to Christ, feast on His word, and live abundantly.
- …nevertheless, ye sought to take away his life;…
- Isn’t it interesting to think – people want to destroy Christ in so many ways. Christ was crucified – at the hands of wicked men. I guess that the thing I find so interesting about this is that the One who offers us life is the One that so many are trying to kill. I suppose that this is because Christ will not suffer us to give into our natural desires. We, foolishly, think that if we can kill him – out of our thoughts, etc, then we will be happy in our sins. So – don’t seek to take away Christ’s life by abandoning Him in a life of sin.
- …yea, and he hath suffered much sorrow because of you.”
- This makes me think of the scripture in Isaiah: “3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 ¶ Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed,” – (Isaiah 53:3-5.) – Christ really has suffered much sorrow because of us.
I love what we can learn from the scriptures. I love that the Book of Mormon testifies of Christ. I’m grateful to have a testimony of my Savior – especially at this time of year. I have felt the blessings of His atonement in my life. I’ve felt His mercy, His peace, His providence, and His love.
I hope that I will not treat Christ the way that Laman and Lemuel treated their righteous brother, but that, instead, I will follow Him, recognize His perfect example, be grateful for His willingness to be an instrument in God’s hand, and feast on His word forever. I hope I will not cause Him more sorrow, but that I will glorify Him by being righteous.
thanks for reading!