What’s happening? Nephi is calling the wicked political leadership out and these leaders try to incite the public against Nephi. Nephi testifies of their destruction if they don’t repent and that even at that moment the chief judge has been murdered.
Why does it matter? The Lord always warns a people before utter destruction. He gives many chances until there isn’t a chance they’ll change.
Between the lines: Some people believe Nephi and protect him. Similar to our day, we must protect who and what is right, because in return, the Lord protects us.
Quote of the day: “As we invest time in learning about the Savior and His atoning sacrifice, we are drawn to participate in another key element to accessing His power: we choose to have faith in Him and follow Him. True disciples of Jesus Christ are willing to stand out, speak up, and be different from the people of the world. They are undaunted, devoted, and courageous. There is nothing easy or automatic about becoming such powerful disciples. Our focus must be riveted on the Savior and His gospel. It is mentally rigorous to strive to look unto Him in every thought. But when we do, our doubts and fears flee (D&C 6:36).” ~ RM Nelson, 2017, Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives
8:1-7 What are some red flags to watch out for in political leaders?
8:10 What is the difference between people who act out of fear and those out of faith?8:15 Who represents the serpent to whom we should look upon to live? Why? See also Numbers 21:6-9; Alma 9:26; Alma 36:27; Alma 37:47.
8:13-22 Why is it important to remember the words of prophets today as well as those in the past?
8:24-26 How is Nephi a good example for us in our day?
“As the advent of Christ approached, social disorder increased, with burgeoning warfare, murder, and political disarray. To counter this trend and give hope, Nephi invoked the ancient teachings his people knew so well, testifying of these problems and the coming of the Messiah who would resolve them.” ~ JR Holland, CHRIST AND THE NEW COVENANT, pg. 129
8:27-28 Why do you think the Lord allows the evil choices of others to still be part of His plan, as in the case of Nephi’s prophesy about the murder of the chief judge?
“God rarely infringes on the agency of any of His children by intervening against some for the relief of others. But He does ease the burdens of our afflictions and strengthen us to bear them. …He does not prevent all disasters, but He does answer our prayers to turn them aside. …Through all mortal opposition, we have God’s assurance that He will ‘consecrate [our] afflictions for [our] gain’ (2 Nephi 2:2).” ~ DH Oaks, 2016, Opposition in All Things