2 Nephi 10

2 Nephi 10: America, Land of Liberty

                Jacob speaks to his people and informs them that many of them shall perish in unbelief, but many more shall be restored and given knowledge of their true redeemer. Jacob explains that the more ‘wicked’ part of the world would crucify Jesus Christ; “…it must needs be expedient that Christ—for in the last night the angel spake unto me that this should be his name—should come among the Jews, among those who are the more wicked part of the world; and they shall crucify him—for thus it behooveth our God, and there is none other nation on earth that would crucify their God.” (2 Nephi 10:3)

Jacob explains that because of the “…priestcrafts and iniquities, they at Jerusalem will stiffen their necks against him, that he be crucified.” (2 Nephi 10:5) Famines, destructions and pestilences shall come upon them, and they shall be destroyed. However, when they come to knowledge of their Redeemer, they shall be restored to their lands and no longer shall they be dispersed throughout the entire world.

The Gentiles will not be without their inheritance, for the Lord will provide for them a land of LIBERTY, free from kings and free from oppression of other nations; “And this land [The United States of America – North American Continent] shall be a land of liberty unto the Gentiles, and there shall be no kings upon the land, who shall raise up unto the Gentiles. And I [God] will fortify this land against all other nations. And he that fighteth against Zion shall perish, saith God.” (2 Nephi 10:11-13)

                Jacob warns that anyone who raises up a King or any sort of dictator in this ‘land of Liberty’, would be destroyed! God will do this, to fulfill his covenant with the children of men, to; “…destroy the secret works of darkness, and of murders, and of abominations. Wherefore, he that fighteth against Zion, both Jew and Gentile, both bond and free, both male and female, shall perish; for they are they who are the whore of all the earth; for they who are not for me are against me, saith our God.” (2 Nephi 10:15-16)

                Jacob comforts his people by explaining that while they were forced to leave Jerusalem and the land of their inheritance, they have been granted a better land. This new land of ‘Liberty’ will be a beacon of peace for the whole world. Jacob explains that with this knowledge they should rejoice; ”…seeing that our merciful God has given us so great knowledge concerning these things, let us remember him, and lay aside our sins, and not hang down our heads, for we are not cast off; nevertheless, we have been driven out of the land of our inheritance; but we have been led to a better land, for the Lord has made the sea our path, and we are upon an isle of the sea.” (2 Nephi 10:20)

Jacob ends this chapter by emphasizing the need to follow the Lord and avoid the temptations of the devil. Jacob tries to cheer everyone up; “…cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves—to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life.” (2 Nephi 10:23) As children of God, and as His followers we have been granted many blessings. We have the ability to choose freedom or death. We have been given this agency, and we will find much peace and joy in using our agency to follow God.

Leviticus 17-18

Leviticus 17-18

Chapter 17: Don’t Eat Blood

  • If anyone kills an animal and does not offer it as a sacrifice to the Lord, shall be cut off from among the people. (Leviticus 17:1-4)
  • You shall not offer sacrifices to anything or anyone, except God. (Leviticus 16:7)
  • “The Life of the flesh is blood” (Leviticus 17:11)
    • I don’t normally talk about other religions or beliefs outside of my own thoughts and the LDS teachings. But the issue of blood, and the belief of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is interesting to me. They believe that your soul is in the blood. That is why they do not believe in blood transfusions or donating blood for that matter. Here is why I don’t agree with that, but again this is my own opinion.
      • Jehovah’s Witnesses will use these scriptures to say that our soul is in our blood, but clearly it is saying that without blood, the body dies. Just as if you were to take out most any parts or organs in the body it would shut down.
      • That does not mean that the soul is in any one of those parts of the body. Think about it, something like 2/3 of our body is made up of water, could water be our soul? I don’t think so.
        • Here are some other  scriptures that mention NOT drinking or eating blood. But probably for other reasons.
          • Acts 15:20 and 29
          • Genesis 9:4
          • Leviticus 7:26; 17:14
          • 1 Chronicles 11:19
  • No one should eat blood (Leviticus 17:12 and 14)

Chapter 18: Sexual Abominations

The Lord speaks to Moses and reveals to him some of the abominations of other lands, and how Moses must instruct the children of Israel so that they do not perform the same sexual abominations.

  • Thou shalt not have incestuous relationships with anyone that is close to kin. (Leviticus 18:6) – I would say that this follows with modern day thought.
  • Thou shalt not commit adultery (Leviticus 18:20)
  • Thou shalt not engage in homosexual relationships (Leviticus 18:22)
  • Thou shalt not commit bestiality (Leviticus 18:23)