Summary of Omni + Omni 1

Summary of Omni + Omni 1

                The Book of Omni… is the sixth book in the Book of Mormon….

Omni opens up with Omni confessing that he fought many battles to keep his people, the Nephities from falling into the hands of their enemy the Lamanites. However, he confesses that he has failed to follow all the commandments of God, calling himself a wicked man. He passes the plates down to his son Amaron.

Because of the wickedness, explains Amaron; “…the Lord did visit them in great judgment; nevertheless, he did spare the righteous that they should not perish…” (Omni 1:7) This shows that even during great wickedness in the world, God does spare the righteous. Amaron passes the plates down to his brother Chemish, who only writes one verse testifying of what his brother had wrote to be true.

The plates are then transferred to the son of Chemish, Adinadom. Abinadom opens up by explaining that he has, with his; “…own sword, have taken the lives of many of the Lamanites in the defence of my brethren.” (Omni 1:10) Here we learn that killing another human being in defense of yourself or others IS justified, even under God’s wrath. Abinadom goes on to testify of the writing that has been added to the plates so far, and makes note that he has no prophecy to add, but that he would continue to preserve them by passing them down to the next generation.

Amaleki, the son of Abinadom continues to write on the plates, opening up by testifying of Mosiah, who was the king of Zarahemla. Amaleki explains that when Mosiah discovered the people of Zarahemla, he knew that they came out of Jerusalem; “…Mosiah discovered that the people of Zarahemla came out of Jerusalem at the time that Zedekiah, king of Judah was carried away captive into Babylon. And they journeyed in the wilderness, and were brought by the hand of the Lord across the great waters, into the land where Mosiah discovered them; and they had dwelt there from that time forth.” (Omni 1:15-16)

                This is where things get very interesting, if we read in the Bible, in Jeremiah we learn that King Zedekiah was overtaken by the Chaldeans’ army in the plains of Jericho. Zedekiah is forced to watch his sons be murdered before his eyes, then having his own eyes removed and being bound in chains and sent to Babylon. (See Jeremiah 39:4-8). However, we learn from the Book of Mormon that one of the sons of Zedekiah escaped. Nephi testifies before corrupt judges who sought to incite the people against him, but Nephi testifies that Abraham, Moses, Zenock, Zenos, Ezias, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Lehi all testified of Christ. Nephi questions the judges; “… will you dispute that Jerusalem was destroyed? Will ye say that the sons of Zedekiah were not slain, all except it were Mulek? Yeah, and do ye not behold that the seed of Zedekiah are with us, and they were driven out of the land of Jerusalem…?” (Helaman 8:21) This and other instances throughout the Book of Mormon show how much it meshes with the stories of the Bible. The reason for this is simple, they are all interconnected. The people of the Book of Mormon have ancestral ties with the people of the “Old World” found in the Bible.

Mulek and his people traveled across the ocean to the “New World”, where they became numerous. However, with most civilization, eventually the prosperity ends. The people of Zarahemla had fallen away from the Gospel and denied that there was a Creator. Because of this they had many wars and contentions amongst themselves, they lost the record of their people and they even lost their own language. Mosiah taught the people of Zarahemla his own language and caused that a genealogy being written up based on his own memory. The people loved Mosiah and caused that he be there king. The people gave Mosiah a large stone that had engraving upon it, by the power of God he was able to translate these engravings.

The engravings gave an account of Coriantumr and the slaying of his people.  It also held a genealogy of his fathers, who came out from the tower, at the “…. time the Lord confounded the language of the people…” (Omni 1:22) Here we learn that more people going back thousands of years were living in the Americas that we know of today. Coriantumr’s father came from the Tower of Babel, when the Lord not only confounded the languages, but scattered the people around the World.

Amaleki continues to write that he was born in the days of Mosiah, after his death, his son Benjamin ruled in his placed. Amaleki, knowing that King Benjamin was a just and good man decides to pass the plates onto him upon his death. Amaleki explains that “…there is nothing which is good save it comes from the Lord: and that which is evil cometh from the devil.” (Omni 1:25) How simple of principle is that?  If it is good, it comes from God. If it is bad, it comes from the devil. Before his death, Amaleki exhorts anyone reading his testimony to; “…come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved.” (Omni 1:26) Again, another simple principle. To be “saved” and return to the presence of God, we must come unto Him. It is NOT enough to simply confess that He is your savior. Coming unto Him means that you offer your whole soul unto him, continuing in fasting, prayer and enduring to the end. This is a process and something that is ongoing throughout your life. We must always follow in the footsteps of Jesus and do as He would do. Remember, faith without works is dead.

 

 

 

 

 

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1 Chronicles 7-8

1 Chronicles 7-8

Chapter 7: Sons of Issachar

The sons of Issachar were; Tola, and Puah, Jashub, and Shimron.

The sons of Tola; Uzzi, and Rephaiah, and Jeriel, and Jahmai, and Jibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their father’s house, to wit, of Tola.

The sons of Uzzi; Izrahiah: and the sons of Izrahiah; Michael, and Obadiah, and Joel, Ishiah.

All of the families of Issachar were valiant men of might.

The sons of Benjamin; Bela, and Becher, and Jediael.

The sons of Bela; Ezbon, and Uzzi, and Uzziel, and Jerimoth, and Iri.

The sons of Becher; Zemira, and Joash, and Eliezer, and Elioenai, and Omri, and Jerimoth, and Abiah, and Anathoth, and Alameth.

The sons of Jediael; Bilhan: and the sons of Bilhan; Jeush, and Benjamin, and Ehud, and Chenaanah, and Zethan, and Tharshish, and Ahishahar. Shuppim also, and Huppim, the children of Ir, and Hushim, the sons of Aher.

The sons of Naphtali; Jahziel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shallum, the sons of Bilhah.

The sons of Manasseh; Ashriel,

Machir took to wife the sister of Huppim and Shuppim, whose sister’s name was Maachah;) and the name of the second was Zelophehad: and Zelophehad had daughters. Maachah the wife of Machir bare a son, and she called his name Peresh; and the name of his brother was Sheresh; and his sons were Ulam and Rakem.

The sons of Ulam; Bedan. These were the sons of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, and his sister Hammoleketh bare Ishod, and Abiezer, and Mahalah.

The sons of Shemida were, Ahian, and Shechem, and Likhi, and Aniam.

The sons of Ephraim; Shuthelah, and Bered his son, and Tahath his son, and Eladah his son, and Tahath his son, Zabad his son, and Shuthelah his son, and Ezer, and Elead, whom the men of Gath that were born in that land slew, because they came down to take away their cattle.

The sons of Asher; Imnah, and Isuah, and Ishuai, and Beriah, and Serah their sister.

The sons of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel, who is the father of Birzavith.

Heber begat Japhlet, and Shomer, and Hotham, and Shua their sister.

The sons of Japhlet; Pasach, and Bimhal, and Ashvath. These are the children of Japhlet.

The sons of Shamer; Ahi, and Rohgah, Jehubbah, and Aram.

The sons of his brother Helem; Zophah, and Imna, and Shelesh, and Amal.

The sons of Zophah; Suah, and Harnepher, and Shual, and Beri, and Imrah, Bezer, and Hod, and Shamma, and Shilshah, and Ithran, and Beera.

The sons of Jether; Jephunneh, and Pispah, and Ara.

The sons of Ulla; Arah, and Haniel, and Rezia.

Chapter 8: Descendants of Benjamin

Benjamin begat Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third, Nohah the fourth, and Rapha the fifth.

The sons of Bela were, Addar, and Gera, Abihud, Abishua, Naaman, Ahoah, Gera, Shephuphan, and Huram.

Shaharaim begat children in the country of Moab, Hushim and Baara were his wives. He begat of Hodesh his wife, Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malcham, Jeuz, Shachia, Mirma.

Hushim he begat Abitub, and Elpaal.

The sons of Elpaal; Eber, and Misham, and Shamed, Beriah, Shema, Ahio, Shashak, Jeremoth, Zebadiah, Arad, Ader, Michael, Ispah, and Joha.

The sons of Beriah; Zebadiah, Meshullam, Hezeki, Heber, Ishmerai, Jezliah, and Jobab.

The sons of Elpaal; Jakim, Zichri, Zabdi, Elienai, Zilthai, Eliel, Adaiah, Beraiah, and Shimrath.

The sons of Shimhi; Ishpan, Heber, Eliel, Abdon, Zichri, Hanan, Hananiah, Elam, Antothijah, Iphedeiah, and Penuel.

The sons of Shashak; Shamsherai, Shehariah, Athaliah, Jaresiah, Eliah, and Zichri.

The sons of Jeroham (whose wife’s name was Maachah); his firstborn son Abdon, Zur, Kish, Baal, Nadab, Gedor, Ahio, and Zacher.

Mikloth begat Shimeah.Ner begat Kish, and Kish begat Saul, and Saul begat Jonathan, Malchi-shua, Abinadab, and Esh-baal.

The son of Jonathan were; Merib-baal;

Merib-baal begat Micah.

The sons of Micah were;  Pithon, Melech, Tarea, Ahaz.

Ahaz begat Jehoadah; and Jehoadah begat Alemeth, Azmaveth, Zimri;

Zimri begat Moza,

Moza begat Binea: Rapha was his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son:

Azel had six sons, whose names were; Azrikam, Bocheru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, Hanan.

The sons of Eshek his brother were; Ulam his firstborn, Jehush the second, and Eliphelet the third.

The sons of Ulam were mighty men of valour, archers, and had many sons, and sons’ sons, an hundred and fifty. All these are of the sons of Benjamin.

 

Genesis 43-45

Genesis 43-45

Chapter 43: The Brothers of Joseph and Benjamin

Jacob/Israel tells his sons that they need to go down to Egypt again to buy corn, because they had run out of food.

The sons tell their father that they must go down to Egypt with Benjamin, because Joseph had told them that he would not show his face, unless they brought their younger brother. Jacob/Israel agrees and lets his sons go on their journey to Egypt. They bring with them enough money for double the amount of corn that they bought last time + enough to pay for the corn from the last time (because after getting the corn the first time, they saw that the money was still in their bags). When they arrive to Egypt and see Joseph, Joseph sees that they had brought Benjamin and tell one of his servants to make ready for lunch, because he wanted them to eat with him.

When Joseph’s brothers get taken into his house they start to get nervous that they would be killed or made into slaves. Joseph’s brothers plead with him and tell him that they had brought the money back (and swore that they did not know the money was in their bags when they left/they didn’t know that they hadn’t paid for the corn the first time). Joseph assures them that he had gotten the money the first time and if they still had money, then it must have been a gift from God.

Joseph asks how their father is, asks about his health. Joseph spends some time eating with his brothers.

Chapter 44: Joseph’s Cup

Joseph commands his servants to fill up his brother’s sacks with as much food as each of them can carry. He also commands them to place all the money they brought back into the sacks and in the youngest (Benjamin) he placed a silver cup. Joseph then sends them on their way back to the Land of Canaan, but has his servants pursue after them until they catch up with them and accuse them of stealing the money and the silver cup.

They are brought back before Joseph and Joseph tells them that Benjamin will basically become a slave because he stole from him. Joseph’s brothers plead with Joseph and tell him that if they do not return with Benjamin that it will kill their father (Jacob/Israel). Judah offers to take the place of his brother, so that he will not have the guilt of killing his father.

Chapter 45: Joseph’s Brothers SEE Joseph.

Joseph, standing amongst his brothers could no longer resist in keeping his identity a secret. Joseph screams out to them, telling him “…I am Joseph; doth my father yet live?” (Genesis 45:3)

                When his brothers see him and know that it is Joseph, they stand amazed. Joseph must have also seen fear in their eyes, because he tells them: “…be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither; for God did send me before you to preserve your life. For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in which there shall neither be earing nor harvest” (Genesis  45:5-6)

                Joseph’s fame catches ear of Pharaoh, and he tells Joseph to send for his father and his entire family that they might come down to Egypt and dwell with him in the Land of Goshen. Joseph and his brothers embrace each other and cry on each other’s shoulders with JOY!

Joseph’s brothers travel back to the Land of Canaan with wagons of food and goods, and when they tell Jacob/Israel he can hardly believe it. But after seeing all the goods they had with them he believes them and shouts “…my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die” (Genesis 45:28)