These pages mark a major transition in the Book of Mormon. Nephi’s final words are found in 2 Nephi 32-33, and once again we find his great anxiety for our welfare and his pattern for plainness (see 2 Nephi 32:8; 33:3-9). His final words are an invitation to “hearken unto these words and believe in Christ” (2 Nephi 33:10-15). A more simple, yet perfectly suited ending could not have been better for Nephi’s writings:
“for thus hath the Lord commanded me, and I must obey” (2 Nephi 33:15).
No wonder Nephi’s name seems to spring from our lips so effortlessly when illustrating examples of obedience!
At this point Jacob inherits Nephi’s Small Plates and is given instruction on what should be recorded on them (see Jacob 1:1-4). Jacob is not at all new to the Book of Mormon. In fact, much of 2 Nephi is actually Nephi recording Jacob’s teaching and preaching. Many of our favorite teachings from 2 Nephi came from Jacob (2 Nephi 9 is just one example). As Nephi dies, Jacob takes ecclesiastical responsibility for the Nephite society. Unfortunately, the Nephites are struggling with quite a few spiritual problems (Jacob 1:15-16).
Reminiscent of many prophets before, and others yet to come, Jacob uses the Temple as his stage and the setting for calling the people to repentance. Nephi’s “plainness” seems to have had an effect on Jacob’s preaching (see Jacob 2:11). Jacob must now help the people overcome their love of riches (see v. 12), their pride (see vv. 13-21), and their immorality (see vv. 23-35). It’s a tough job, but Jacob has been called of God and is capable of the task at hand (Jacob 1:17-19; 2:1-7)!
Want to know more? Check out these links:
- KnoWhy: 2 Nephi 32:2, What is it to Speak with the Tongue of Angels
- KnoWhy: 2 Nephi 33:6, Why Did Nephi End His Sacred Record with his Testimony of the Redeemer?
- KnoWhy: 2 Nephi 33:11, An Apostles Witness
- KnoWhy: Jacob 1:7; cf. Psalm 95:8, Why Does Jacob Quote So Much from the Psalms?
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