#BOMTC Day 22, April 28~Jacob 5 or Pages 127-32: God Wants Good Fruit from “OLIVE” Us!

Click graphic to read Jacob 5

Click graphic to read Jacob 5

To understand Jacob 5, one must begin at the end of Jacob 4. The prophet Jacob asked how the Jews could ever build on the “sure foundation” of Jesus Christ after they rejected Him (Jacob 4:17). To answer this question Jacob quotes from the teachings of the prophet Zenos.

Zenos’ allegory of the olive tree teaches us about the Lord’s purposes in the scattering and gathering of the house of Israel. Interestingly, the olive tree tends to be God’s great object lesson when referring to the scattering, gathering, and salvation of His children (see my post in #BOMTC Day 6 for more on this). Chapter 6 contains Jacob’s commentary on the major points of Zenos’ allegory. Jacob emphasized the Lord’s mercy and justice while encouraging his people—and us—to repent.

Olive Tree Alegory chart

Click here for a graphical explanation of the allegory of the olive tree

The scattering of branches of Israel all over the world was a blessing both to Israel and to the rest of Heavenly Father’s children, the Gentiles. Elder Bruce R. McConkie, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, explained:

In general, the Lord sends to earth in the lineage of Jacob [Israel] those spirits who in pre-existence developed an especial talent for spirituality and for recognizing truth. Those born in this lineage, having the blood of Israel in their veins and finding it easy to accept the gospel, are said to have believing blood” (Mormon Doctrine, 81).

#BOMTC Day 22, April 28~Jacob 5 or Pages 127-32

“What could I have done more for my vineyard?” (Jacob 5:41, 47, 49) “It grieveth me that I should lose this tree” (Jacob 5:7, 11, 32, 46, 51, 66)

As scattered Israel mixed with the Gentiles around them, the blood of Israel was spread even further. Elder James E. Faust, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, commented: “The scattering of Israel throughout the world sprinkled the blood that believes, so that many nations may now partake of the gospel plan” (Ensign, Nov. 1982, 87–88).

Jacob 5 as a word cloud

Jacob 5 as a word cloud

What really stands out to me in these pages is how much the Lord loves “OLIVE” His children and how much He desires us to produce “good fruit” (good works). “Good fruit” is referred to 7 times, and “fruit” 67 times. Sometimes I copy the text of a chapter or talk and create a word cloud to help me identify literary elements, such as the intent of the writer. You can see by the word cloud above that “fruit” (our part) is definitely a dominant theme in this message. If I were to LIKEN this allegory to myself I would say, “God loves me and will do whatever He needs to do to help my life to be as ‘fruitful’ as it can be!”

#BOMTC Day 22, April 28~Jacob 5 or Pages 127-32 (3)

God does indeed love “OLIVE” us, and wants “OLIVE” us to live “good fruit”-ful lives!

What are your thoughts on this awesome allegory?


 A LIKENING: The Currant Bush and the Will of God

God uses love-inspired correction to guide us to a future we do not or cannot now envision but which He knows is the better way for us.

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5 responses to “#BOMTC Day 22, April 28~Jacob 5 or Pages 127-32: God Wants Good Fruit from “OLIVE” Us!

  • John and Tuly Huntington

    Brother Simon,I’m a mother to seven children and grandmother to twelve grandchildren come November and reside in Mission Viejo, California. Thank you for your inspiring posts. I look forward to them every day. I have taught seminary for two years and our youngest daughter has also taught seminary and is seriously considering taking courses at BYU Idaho to teach seminary in the near future. I’m not taking the challenge because I’m reading The Book of Mormon in Spanish and English. I was born in Bolivia but grew up in NYC. So two years ago I decided to read The Book of Mormon in Spanish and loved the experience and now I’m in my second time reading it in Spanish. I’m also reading Jeremiah while I read The Book of Mormon, thank you for the great suggestion. Again thank you for being an inspiration to me and indirectly to my family. Tuly Huntington

    Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 06:02:40 +0000 To: johnandtuly@hotmail.com


    • Bro Simon Says

      Sounds like you have your own great “translation” challenge happening with the Spanish scriptures 🙂 It is always nice to hear from readers like yourself that are having a good experience. Thank you for taking the time to share! FELICIDADES, y sigue estudiando con muchas ganas 😉


  • Carolyn Young

    I love the allegory of the olive tree. Thank you for the graphic of the tree and branches. I was just getting ready to go back and read the chapters so I could draw it out, when I found yours. I love the word cloud idea also. It really emphasizes the main idea that the Lord is trying to get across and how other words tie it all together.



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