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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Lamentations 3-5

Lamentations 3-5

Chapter 3: Prayer of Jeremiah

Jeremiah speaks about Judah and their calamity. He starts the chapter off by saying; “I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.” (Lamentations 3:1) Jeremiah explains that God himself can sometimes lead us into darkness, but like any loving Father, the Lord may put us in situations for our own good. Jeremiah writes; “Remembering mine affliction and my misery… My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.” (Lamentations 3:19-21) Because Jeremiah had to go through hard times, he remembered them and that remembrance of his own affliction brought him a sense a security and hope.

We must remember when going through hard times that “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.” (Lamentations 3:21) God is always there for us, even if it appears that we are all alone and without help. Sometimes God just wants us to figure things out on our own and only steps in when we truly can no longer fend for ourselves. Patience is something that must be learned and sometimes God will test our patience, but for those who wait for him… have a promise:

“The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.” (Lamentations 3:25)

Everyone goes through trials in their lives, Jeremiah tells us that is it best for “…a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.” (Lamentations 3:27) So “Let us search and try our ways, and turn again unto the Lord. Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.” (Lamentations 3:40-41) If you are young and going through hard times, rejoice! For it truly is better to go through those struggles in our youth, then it is at any other time in our lives. It helps to build us and make us stronger.

We need to realize that it may seem like our prayers go un-answered or that the Lord “…hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.” (Lamentations 3:44) But we need to be persistent and patient, because “…though he [God] cause grief, yet will he have compassion… For he doth not afflict willingly…” (Lamentations 3:32-33) God does not enjoy having to see us un-happy or miserable, but he does it because He knows that is the only way to make us stronger and better people. For this world is like a giant classroom. If we pass the test, we can return to live with our Heavenly Father for eternity.

Chapter 4: The Estate of Zion

Jeremiah laments over the estate of Zion and the pitiful people that they have become. They have become desolation, because they have sinned and basked in iniquities. Jeremiah says that it is better to “…be slain with the sword… than they that be slain with hunger… hands of pitiful women have sodden [soaked/boiled] their own children: they were their meat in the destruction…” (Lamentations 4:9-10) How sick is that? The people had truly sunk to a new low and it is no wonder why this book is called the Lamentations of Jeremiah, he was disgusted.

Chapter 5: Sorrowful Zion

Jeremiah recites in prayer the sorrowful estate of Zion. The people have been humiliated, and dancing has turned to mourning. Jeremiah explains that “Our fathers have sinned, are not; and we have borne their iniquities.” (Lamentations 5:7) We must remember that we are accountable for our own actions and not the sins of our parents or anyone else for that matter.

 

Summary of Jeremiah

Summary of Jeremiah

Chapter by Chapter:

Jeremiah 1-2: Jeremiah Foreordained/The Jews reject everything

Jeremiah 3-4: Gathering of Israel/Repent!

Jeremiah 5-6: Sin= Less or No Blessings /Jerusalem shall be destroyed

Jeremiah 7-8: Repent!/Calamities shall fall on Jerusalem

Jeremiah 9-10: Sinful people will be punished /Learn not thy heathen!

Jeremiah 11-12: The Lord heareth not /Learn the ways of Israel

Jeremiah 13-14: Israel and Judah shall not/The Lord will not hear thy prayers

Jeremiah 15-16: Jerusalem shall be destroyed/The Restoration

Jeremiah 17-18: Keep the Sabbath Day/Repent and God will Repent

Jeremiah 19-20: Eating Flesh?/Jeremiah is smitten

Jeremiah 21-22: Judged by Works/Pastors will be confounded

Jeremiah 23-24: False Prophets /Jews shall be scattered and cursed

Jeremiah 25-26: The Last Days: War/Not worthy of death

Jeremiah 27-28: All Nations to serve Babylon/Hananiah Prophesies Falsely

Jeremiah 29-30: Prophesying Falsely/Christ will Reign

Jeremiah 31-32: Israel shall be gathered/The Lord will gather Israel

Jeremiah 33-34: The Seed of David/The Jews will be scattered

Jeremiah 35-36: Blessings for Obedience/Roll or Book

Jeremiah 37-38: Jeremiah Prophesies of Egypt/Jeremiah in the dungeon

Jeremiah 39-40: Jerusalem is taken captive/Gedaliah, Governor of the Jews

Jeremiah 41-42: Ishmael kills Sedaliah/Jeremiah promises peace if they obey

Jeremiah 43-44: Babylon shall conquer Egypt/Jeremiah prophesies of the destruction of Jerusalem

Jeremiah 45-46: The Life of Baruch shall be preserved/Conquest of Egypt and Babylon

Jeremiah 47-48: The destruction of the Phillistines/The destruction of Moab

Jeremiah 49-50: Judgment and Destruction/Babylon shall be destroyed

Jeremiah 51-52: Babylon shall be destroyed/Zedekiah’s sons die in Jerusalem

 

The Book of Jeremiah is the second of the Latter Prophets in the Hebrew Bible. It derives its name from the records and the visions of Jeremiah. Jeremiah lived in Jerusalem in the late 7th and early 6th centuries BC during the time of King Josiah and the fall of the Kingdom of Judah to the Babylonians. The book is written in a complex and poetic Hebrew. According to the book, the Prophet Jeremiah was a son of a priest from Anatot in the land of Benjamin, who lived in the last years of the Kingdom of Judah after the siege of Jerusalem, which ended in the destruction of Solomon’s Temple and the raiding of the city by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.

For a quarter century prior to the destruction, Jeremiah repeatedly issued prophecies predicting God’s forthcoming judgment; advocating the Israelites to put down their idols and repent in hopes of turning away God’s judgment and fulfilling their destiny as His chosen people. Jeremiah’s fellow Israelites refused to heed his warnings and did not repent. His efforts failed and he witnessed the destruction of everything he knew.

Jeremiah 43-44

Jeremiah 43-44

Chapter 43: Babylon shall conquer Egypt

Men try to discredit Jeremiah’s prophecy but they carry the people into Egypt. Jeremiah places stones at the entry of the Pharaoh’s house, and says Nebuchadnezzar shall set his throne on them. Nebuchadnezzar shall array himself with Egypt, as a shepherd puts on his garment. Jeremiah prophesies that Babylon shall conquer Egypt.

Chapter 44: Jeremiah prophesies of the destruction of Jerusalem

Jeremiah disapproves of the Jews in Egypt for continuing in idolatry (such as burning incense to the queen of heaven). Jeremiah warns of the consequences for doing such evil;

“…because ye have sinned against the Lord, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord, nor walked in his law… therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day.” (Jeremiah 44:23) Jeremiah criticizes their refusal to reform, declares that they will be destroyed along with Egypt for their false worship of false gods.

Jeremiah 41-42

Jeremiah 41-42

Chapter 41: Ishmael kills Sedaliah

Ishmael (of royal seed) executes his conspiracy against Gedaliah and his companions. Ishmael also attempts to carry away the Jews who were with him as captives to the Ammonites. Johanan recovers them, and proposes fleeing with them into Egypt.

Chapter 42: Jeremiah promises peace if they obey

Johanan and the remnant of the people desire Jeremiah to ask counsel of God what they should do. Jeremiah says they will be safe in Judah, but face destruction in Egypt. Jeremiah expresses his disapproval of their hypocrisy in asking advice they have no intention of following.

Jeremiah 37-38

Jeremiah 37-38

Chapter 37: Jeremiah Prophesies of Egypt

Zedekiah succeeds Coniah, the son of Jehoiakim, in Judah. Zedekiah does evil in the sight of the Lord. The kings send a message to Jeremiah, and Jeremiah replies, foretelling the return of the Chaldean army, who will take and burn the city. Jeremiah, in attempting to leave Jerusalem, and retire to his possession in the country is seized as a deserter and cast into a dungeon.

Chapter 38: Jeremiah in the dungeon

The princes of Judah, taking offense at Jeremiah on account of his predicting the destruction of Jerusalem, cause him to be cast into a deep and miry dungeon. Ebed-melech, an Ethiopian, gets the king’s permission to take him out. Jeremiah advises the king, who consulted him privately, to surrender to the Chaldeans. The king promises that he will not put Jeremiah to death, and requires the consultation secret.

Jeremiah 19-20

Jeremiah 19-20

Chapter 19: Eating Flesh?

Judah and Jerusalem will be broken as a potter’s vessel, because they have forsaken the Lord. The Lord will cause evil to fall upon them and the land will be made desolate, and the people will eat the flesh of their children.

“…I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness…” (Jeremiah 19:9) Because of their evil the will be forced to resort as a last means of survival to eat those who have perished.

Chapter 20: Jeremiah is smitten

Pashur, governor of the temple, smites Jeremiah and places him in the stocks. When Jeremiah is taken from the stocks, he curses Pashur, and tells him he will die in captivity. Jeremiah resolves to prophesy no more, but the word of the Lord is in his heart like a burning flame, and he is not able to stop prophesying.  He prophesies that all Judah shall be taken captive to Babylon. In a very Job-like manner, Jeremiah curses the day he was born.