Hope Amidst Tribulation (2 Nephi 6)

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Drawing upon the powerful imagery of Isaiah 49, Jacob paints a picture of Jerusalem, their former home, desolate and ravaged. Yet, amidst the ashes, a glimmer of hope emerges. He quotes the prophet:

“And they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers…”

2 Nephi 6:6–7

These words, originally intended for all of Israel, offer a glimpse of a future where scattered people are gathered, cherished, and elevated. They speak of a time when even the most powerful will recognize and submit to God’s power.

Jacob’s commentary expands on this theme, revealing a deeper understanding of the coming Messiah. He prophesies of the Lord God, manifested in flesh, enduring suffering and sacrifice for the sake of humanity. But this sacrifice will not be in vain. For those who embrace the Redeemer, salvation awaits.

However, the fate of those who reject this divine figure is starkly contrasted. Scattered and afflicted, they will face trials, but even then, a path to redemption remains open through the prayers of the faithful.

The vision extends beyond the fate of Jacob’s people, encompassing the Gentiles as well. Those who choose repentance and turn away from conflict and the “great and abominable church” are offered a path to salvation. The Lord, ever faithful to His covenants, extends His mercy to all who seek Him.

But those who oppose Zion and its people face a different destiny. Humiliation and judgment await them, a stark reminder of God’s divine power and justice.

Jacob concludes this section by reminding his audience of the ultimate promise: the Messiah’s second coming. He will return in power and glory, defeating enemies and offering salvation to all who believe.

16 aFor shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the blawful captive delivered?

17 But thus saith the Lord: Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered; afor the bMighty God shall cdeliver his covenant people. For thus saith the Lord: I will contend with them that contendeth with thee—

18 And I will feed them that oppress thee, with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood as with sweet wine; and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Savior and thy aRedeemer, the bMighty One of Jacob.

2 Nephi 6:16–18

This excerpt from 2 Nephi 6 offers a powerful message of hope and redemption. It reminds us that even in the darkest times, God’s promises remain true. His love and mercy are boundless, and the path to salvation is open to all who seek it.

This brief exploration lays the groundwork for deeper study as we dive into 2 Nephi 6–8 and Isaiah 49-52 alongside Jacob’s commentary. You’ll discover hidden gems that illuminate both prophets’ message and their enduring relevance to Latter-day Saints today.

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Darryl Alder is a retired professional, with an adopted family of four, and a lovely wife of 40+years. He has blogged for a variety of sites and loves to bake, garden, camp, and study ancient scripture, all of which is reflected in his posts at AbigailsOven.com, EternalCore.org, SearchIsaiah.org and various Scouting blog sites

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