#BOMTC Day 13, April 19~2 Nephi 9 or Pages 73-78: Scriptural Foils

#BOMTC Day 13, April 19~2 Nephi 9 or Pages 73-78 (2)

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Lets start off with a quote to inspire our study and pondering of the scriptures today. President Joseph Fielding Smith taught that 2 Nephi 9 contains:

 “One of the most enlightening discourses ever delivered in regard to the atonement. It should be carefully read by every person seeking salvation.” (Answers to Gospel Questions, 4:57. Emphasis added.)

Well, that is a powerful statement, by a powerful prophet, about a powerful chapter, in a powerful book! I wrote that quote in my scriptures years ago so I would always remember and consider that before reading 2 Nephi 9.

#BOMTC Day 13, April 19~2 Nephi 9 or (Pages 73-78) Chess Pieces

Starting in verse 10 of 2 Nephi 9, Jacob seems to use a literary technique known as a foil (a person or thing that makes another seem better/worse by contrast). Jewelers do this visually when they put a diamond on black velvet. The black absorbs the light and the diamond refracts it, thus causing the diamond to stand out more than it normally would. Well, since Jacob’s original intent from the last reading was to help us “learn and glorify” the name of God, what would be the perfect foil for God? That’s right… Satan!

#BOMTC Day 13, April 19~2 Nephi 9 or (Pages 73-78) Good VS Bad Signs

Returning our attention to 2 Nephi 9:10 we are able to see the genesis of this foil that Jacob will use: “O how GREAT the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this AWFUL monster” (emphasis added). As you continue reading from verse 10 you may want to pay attention to the words GREAT and AWFUL, and what they refer to. Jacob does not want us to miss out on God’s “greatness”, nor does he want you to be ignorant of how “awful” Satan really is. The use of our agency will determine the extent to which we rely on and access the Atonement of Jesus Christ to receive the blessings of the “merciful plan of the great Creator.”

#BOMTC Day 13, April 19~2 Nephi 9 or (Pages 73-78) Good VS Bad Tree

“Remember the GREATNESS of the Holy One of Israel” (2 Nephi 9:40, emphasis added). Life truly is GREAT with God, and AWFUL without Him!

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2 responses to “#BOMTC Day 13, April 19~2 Nephi 9 or Pages 73-78: Scriptural Foils

  • Devona Jackson

    Second Nephi 9 is full of insight regarding the Atonenent. The Atonement is the reason why we do not have to suffer from of the things we have ever did wrong in our entire lifetime. The atonement is what saves us from eternal torment. This is also a t illustration of the plan of salvation. It gave me a clearer picture of the plan of salvation when I read this this morning.

    I like the fact that we are able to choose through our agency. We will then receive the blessings or the consequences based on the choices we have made . It comes down to choices.

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    • Bro Simon Says

      No doubt! The AT-ONE-MENT is what it is all about 🙂 What a great and marvelous plan our Father has provide us. And what amazing grace is given by our Savior! I LOVE this chapter. Thank you for sharing your thoughtful insights on the Atonement and Agency!

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