1 Nephi 4-6 is an illustration of the importance of scripture in our lives. Their value is demonstrated as several lives are “on the line” for the Plates of Brass. The Lord sent Lehi’s sons through the wilderness, back to Jerusalem, to obtain the Brass Plates (1 Nephi 3:3,19-20; 4:14-17; 5:10-17). These Records were so important that a man had to lose his life so that a nation could be saved (1 Nephi 4:13). The first thing that Lehi did after giving thanks to the Lord (1 Nephi 5:9) was to “search them from the beginning” (1 Nephi 5:10). After which “he was filled with the Spirit, and began to prophesy” (1 Nephi 5:17). I know that we too are “filled with the Spirit” as we “search” the scriptures. I experience this “Scripture Power” each time that I put forth the effort to read God’s holy word. As Lehi, I have also “found that they [are] desirable; yea, even of great worth” in my life (1 Nephi 5:21). And as Nephi testifies, I also bear witness that “it was wisdom in the Lord that we should carry them with us” as we journey towards our Promised Land (1 Nephi 5:22).
It is obvious that the Lord is trying to help us understand the great worth of the word of God. As you and I study the Book of Mormon for the next 83 days we will surely receive an added witness of the power that the Lord intends to bless us with through His scriptures.
A couple articles that may interest you that go well with these chapters are: THE PLATES OF BRASS: A WITNESS OF CHRIST and THE INFLUENCE OF THE BRASS PLATES ON THE TEACHINGS OF NEPHI
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