[Jeffrey R. Holland, "The Hands of the Fathers," in the, [X] shall be great upon the earth. Roberts and James E. Talmage, among others: That the Holy Ghost is capable of manifesting himself in the true form and figure of God, after which image man is shaped, is indicated by the wonderful interview between the Spirit and Nephi, in which he revealed himself to the Prophet, questioned him concerning his desires and belief, instructed him in the things of God, speaking face to face with the man. The lamb was prepared according to very strict specifications. In other words kill anyone and everyone that comes in your sight, friend or foe, father, brother or son, for the whole camp of Israel were guilty. All creatures are being fed on the fruit of the tree. . Probably the most important of these is found in the fact that an alien Storm God by the name of Baal Haddu was imported into Canaan and ultimately succeeded in displacing El and becoming the ruling god of the pantheon. the goddess too is identified with the date palm in Assyrian texts. [George Potter & Richard Wellington. This document probably originated in Egypt in the mid-third century of the Christian era and relates a vision of the great apostle that, in some details at least, strikingly resembles the vision of Nephi: "And he [the angel] showed me the Tree of Life," Paul is reported to have said, "and by it was a revolving red-hot sword. 173-174]. But notice what an important position they give to the tree of life. 9, Num. 16-18]. Self-proclaimed archaeologists Ron Wyatt and David Fasold visited the mountain in 1986 but were arrested shortly after their arrival. *This is a suggested outline that coincides with the Come, Follow Me manual. Under it are Isaac [he probably means Jacob] and the twelve tribes of Israel. Hugh Nibley describes a picture in his possession from the Dura-Europos Synagogue, the oldest Jewish building known in the world. It was restored to the Temple by King Joash in 825 B.C. The king was considered to be of divine parentage. Now before any of you jump out of your skin, you should realize that there was more than one form of idolatry, and the form to which the Patriarchs subscribed was not the worship of a stone or a carved image under the delusion that it was God. At the end of His agony, He whispered, "It is finished: . (August 29, 1857, pp. These high mountains were like temples for these prophets. Again (like in 1 Nephi 11:18), this change was the case of editorial insertion by Joseph Smith. 80, 82-83] [See the commentary on 2 Nephi 4:26], According to Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (James Strong, S.T.D., LL.D., Hendrickson Publishers), the term "condescension" or "condescension of God" is not found in the Bible. Without the condescension of God, there is no ascension of man. 1 Nephi 11:11 I Knew That It Was the Spirit of the Lord; and He Spake unto Me as a Man Speaketh with Another: According to Brant Gardner, there are two opinions about the identity of "the Spirit of the Lord" who introduces the vision to Nephi (1 Nephi 11:11). The practice of drawing parallels between current and ancient history is well documented in Alan Goff's article "Boats, Beginnings, and Repetitions," Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Fall 1992, 1/1, pp. [Neal A. Maxwell, Plain and Precious Things, pp. In 1 Nephi 11:21 mention is made of the "Lamb of God." [Alan C. Miner, Personal Notes] [For more information, see the commentary on 1 Nephi 4:2; 10:9; 3 Nephi 25:4], 1 Nephi 11:1 I was caught away . Moses meets with God on a mountain, which serves as a sacred symbolic place. And if we carried that same scale on to the edge of the known universe, we would have a stack of paper thirty-one million miles high or a stack of paper that would stretch from the earth nearly one third of the way to the sun.254, When we consider the incredible vastness of the numbers of creations, all of which were completed under the direction of the Father by the Only Begotten, we begin to sense the position, the majesty and power that were his before his coming to earth. Nephi's Vision of Mary. Why would Nephi see a connection between a tree and the virginal mother of a divine child? However, other Old Testament manuscripts have survived, and these consistently show that sacred trees formed a part of Patriarchal religion, and this information is now available in some of the newer translations of the Bible. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate" (Romans 12:16). . The father is said to have been a very wealthy citizen, known for his generosity and observance of the law. That scene provided the setting and the backdrop for an even greater set of revelations-an expanded prophecy of the future: the coming of Christ and his atoning mission, the future of Lehi's descendants, the restoration of the gospel in the last days, and the ongoing struggle between the forces of evil and righteousness. Someone calculated that if we took the distance from the earth to the sun, which is ninety-three million miles, and reduced that in scale down to where it was the thickness of a single sheet of typing paper, the distance from our earth to the nearest star would be a stack of paper seventy-one feet high! What makes the scriptures different? He repeats the theme that he was not only obedient and "did believe all the words which had been spoken by [his] father" (1 Nephi 2:16, 11:5), but that he sought to know the things which his father knew (1 Nephi 2:16, 10:17; 11:3). Therefore, whatever knowledge we may have, we still need to have faith to see us through those puzzling moments. . 1 Nephi 11:1 I Was Caught Away . The heading gives a brief summary of what the book is about. The fountain of living waters is a symbol as significant as the tree of life. 1 Nephi 8. The 16th chapter of Deuteronomy proclaims the new law: "Do not set up any wooden Asherah pole beside the altar you build to Yahweh your God, and do not erect a sacred stone, for these Yahweh your God hates. ), she was again brought back into the Temple where she remained until its destruction 23 years later, in 586, . In this vision it is an angel of the Lord that commands Nephi to "Behold the Lamb of God." It wasn't an artificial insemination, it was a spiritual insemination. Terryl L. Givens notes that in the 1837 edition, the words "Son of" were inserted before the Deity title in four verses: 1 Nephi 11:18, 11:21; 11:32, and 13:40. Nephi noted, "And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms" (1 Nephi 11:20). ." While Nephi pondered the words of his father, a vision was opened to him. Speaking the justice of God and the hell prepared for the those who are filthy, Nephi wrote, Wherefore, if they should die in their wickedness they must be cast off also, as to the things which are spiritual, which are pertaining to righteousness; wherefore, they must be brought to stand before God, to be judged of their works; and if their works have been filthiness they must needs be filthy; and if they be filthy it must needs be that they cannot dwell in the kingdom of God; if so, the kingdom of God must be filthy also (1 Ne 15:33). The form a symbolic world axis (and are therefore symbolically similar to the world tree symbol). . Surely it was Jesus (and not Bethlehem) who was the prince, for he (and not the whole village) was to inherit the throne of David and rule Israel "with judgment and with justice . [Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. Nephi was amazed by the perfection of the tree he saw and said that its "beauty thereof was far beyond, yea, exceeding of all beauty; and the whiteness thereof did exceed the whiteness of the driven snow (1 Nephi 11:8; see also 8:11). He saw his earthly ministry and its culmination in the death of the Savior (see 1 Nephi 11:26-32). (1 Nephi 11:22-23). 19-20, 22] [See the commentary on Alma 7:10; Alma 39:3]. 2 thoughts on “ Come Follow Me: 3 Nephi 8-11 ” Edward Palamar on September 14, 2020 at 1:58 pm said: We have entered the “age to come” foretold by Jesus in Mark 10:30 on December 30, 2018 A.D., the Glorious Manifestation of Our King, Lord, and Savior. According to Reynolds and Sjodahl, "The Virgin" (1 Nephi 11:20) is the title given to the Mother of Jesus in the prophecy of his birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). In that most burdensome moment of all human history, with blood appearing at every pore and an anguished cry upon His lips, Christ sought Him whom He had always sought--His Father. Like Mary, she had been given to a husband, when grown up. Even the language used to describe her echoes that used for the tree. All this, except the accounts given by the evangelists, is tradition. According to McConkie and Millet, the words of Jehovah through his servant Jeremiah are particularly insightful in identifying Christ himself with this joint symbol. Ascending a mountain to commune with God symbolizes an attempt to leave the world behind and draw nearer to the Lord. We know, for instance, that the Spirit personage who appeared to the Brother of Jared was the Spirit Christ, for he so identified himself. This is because the Kings James version was based on the Masoretic Text which was tampered with by Jewish interpreters in an effort to remove the implication of Asherah worship. The condescension of God in 1 Nephi 11 is the angel’s attempt to show Nephi how God manifested himself to the Jews of 33 A.D. The footnote reads as follows: So that there will be no mistake about my position, let me briefly speak rather more personally: this essay should not be misinterpreted as a brief for theological or ecclesiological innovation within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That this is so is still manifest in the fifth chapter of Genesis where the same words, "image" and "likeness" are used to describe the birth of Seth and the resemblance which he bore to his father Adam.262 On two different occasions the New Testament perpetuates this same tradition: first in the book of Luke where it states that Adam was the son of God just as Seth was the son of Adam (Luke 3:38); and then again in Acts where it is declared that "we are the offspring of God." But the music lover knows what to do. For personal and/or family study of the scriptures, geared towards 8 years old and older. See John W. Welch, Illuminating the Sermon at the Temple and Sermon on the Mount: An Approach to 3 Nephi 11–18 and Matthew 5–7 (Provo, UT: FARMS, 1999). However, the Holy Ghost does not possess a body of flesh and bones, as do both the Father and the Son, but is a personage of spirit. When the servant of the high priest stepped forward and slapped his face, Jesus could have lifted a finger and sent that man back to his original elements. Moses' response to what he found taking place as he descended the mount is found in the book of Exodus: "Who is for Yahweh? What was the mountain that Nephi was caught up into. 1 Ne. 14-16]. And a Virgin appeared by the tree, and three angels who hymned her, and the angel told me that she was Mary, the Mother of Christ. "It is the love of God . In other words, when the angel explains to Nephi that the tree means the love of God, he next shows Nephi how God loved the world by giving His Son to save mankind from the fall of Adam (Jn 3:16). When he gives the interpretation of the rod of iron, he shows Nephi the ministry of the Savior and His apostles as they taught the word of God. [Jeffrey R. Holland, "The Hands of the Fathers," in the Ensign, May 1999, pp. 9, Num. . Peterson believes that Nephi's vision reflects a meaning of the "sacred tree" that is unique to the ancient Near East, and that, indeed, can only be fully appreciated when the ancient Canaanite and Israelite associations of that tree with the worship of Asherah (the Mother Goddess) are borne in mind. When we think of what he could have done to these men who took him to judgment, we have a new and different sense of his condescension. As members of His Church, being called to represent Him and testify of Him, our great opportunity is to try to emulate Him." [Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 23.). 2, February 199, pp. Roberts, The Seventy's Course in Theology, Fifth Year, p. 60; see also Articles of Faith, Chapter 8, pp. Reference is made to the male and female Cherubim which were found in the Temple at Jerusalem at the time of its destruction. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord (Isa 2:2). (Rom. . In other words, the Nehushtan had an illustrious pedigree entirely within the religious world of Israel, and there is no reason to believe that the asherah was any different in this respect. ", And what did the Lord have in store for the Canaanites? Unlike the novice, he hears and feels the effects of the details that give the symphony, in all its complexity, its power and impact." . . [Brant Gardner, "Book of Mormon Commentary," 1Nephi/1Nephi11.htm, p. 9], 1 Nephi 11:27 I looked and beheld the Redeemer of the world (Illustration): Christ [Gary Kapp, Verse Markers, Book of Mormon, Vol. Torah-shrine and symbolic tree in the ancient synagogue of Dura Europos. of the Jews?" of these things, by the power of the Holy Ghost" (1 Nephi 10:17; emphasis added). The revelations of Nephi and of John have more in common, however, than merely the apocalyptic form, for Nephi’s vision (1 Nephi … 2:13). the love of God...is the most desirable above all things...and the most joyous. *This is a suggested outline that coincides with the Come, Follow Me manual. Richardson, Richardson and Bentley write that one of the "mysteries" of the gospel is that we have a Mother in Heaven. The large and spacious building is represented by the multitudes of the house of Israel who were so wicked that they killed the Lord and they gathered to persecute His apostles after the resurrection. Presumptively it is the Spirit Christ ministering to Nephi much as he did to the Brother of Jared, for such is in keeping with the principle of advocacy, intercession, and mediation, the principle that all personal appearances of Deity to man since the fall of Adam, excepting appearances of the Father and the Son together, have been appearances of Christ." According to Wikipidia, “In biblical studies, inclusio is a literary device based on a concentric principle, also known as bracketing or an envelope structure, which consists of creating a frame by placing similar material at the beginning and end of a section.” I saw among the nations of the Gentiles the formation of a great church. I suppose none of us can fully understand that-how the great Jehovah should come among men, born in a manger in a vassal state, among a people who would hate him." "302 [Daniel C. Peterson, "Nephi & His Asherah," in Journal of Book of Mormon Studies , FARMS, Vol. When God first appeared to Moses in the desert He identified Himself as "the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." The original translation of the title did not include the word "first". When we consider the incredible vastness of the numbers of creations, all of which were completed under the direction of the Father by the Only Begotten, we begin to sense the position, the majesty and power that were his before his coming to earth. Indeed, He had descended to fulfill His Father's will. The vast majority of scriptures which use the term are speaking of the Holy Ghost. Even as He moved toward the Crucifixion, He restrained His Apostles who would have intervened by saying, "The cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?" He does it not because the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob needs baptism, but to fulfill all righteousness, according to the will of the Father. Daniel C. Peterson. Perhaps the latter-day saints don't spend enough time following the advice of the angel. (It is worth noting that of Abraham, God said, "I know him, . [Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, , Vol. Early traditions, recorded in the Protevangelium and some other apocrypha, related that Mary was born at Nazareth, the daughter of Joachim and his wife, Anna. Now the excerpts which follow are taken from an article by Fred Collier ("The Common Origin of Ancient Hebrew/Pagan Religion and the Demise of the Hebrew Goddess"). First and Second were added to the titles of the Books of Nephi by Oliver Cowdery when preparing the book for printing. I was caught away . Why does the vision begin in a mountain? For much of the world's history, man has had to accept these statements basically on faith, for as we look up in the heavens with the naked eye, we can see approximately six thousand stars. Because of past verifying experiences, we can know that we have proven God 'in days that are past,' thus giving us faith for the challenges of the present." The form a symbolic world axis (and are therefore symbolically similar to the world tree symbol). , there is a footnote in which Peterson tries to disassociate himself from any false doctrine that might be implied by his article. into an Exceedingly High Mountain (Potter): While living in the valley of Lemuel, Lehi had a dream in which he saw a tree with fruit that was "most sweet, above all that [he] ever before tasted" (1 Nephi 8:10-12). The great and abominable church, Columbus/Gentiles in the promised land, plain and precious things are taken out of the Bible. 9, Num. Parpola once more provides us with insight: "In Assyrian imperial art, the goddess nurses the king as a baby or child . But he stood there, he endured, he suffered, he condescended." . [Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, The virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God (. At any rate, God can say the same thing twice, if he so chooses, even if critics of the Book of Mormon don't believe so. Still in both Israelite and Canaanite religion, El's cultic symbol was the bull. . . 7: 1 Nephi to Alma 29, p. Later he would say again, "I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak" (John 12:49). Much of the confusion existing in human conceptions concerning the nature of the Holy Ghost arises from the common failure to segregate His person and powers. He descended to be baptized of man, even though He was perfect and sinless. 9. Again (like in 1 Nephi 11:18), this change was the case of editorial insertion by Joseph Smith. . According to the. . She was, as Nephi's guide carefully stressed, simply "the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh." . "305, *The Latter-day Saint concept of a Mother in Heaven is that of a glorified, perfected, and eternal woman who has lived with The Father as His eternal companion from the beginning--She is not Mary the mother of Jesus as taught by a few other religions. , after the manner of the flesh." ", In a bittersweet comment on this loss of scripture, Maxwell writes that one cannot help but wonder what might have happened if, when Herod inquired of the scripturalists of his time concerning Jesus, those advisers had had access to or understood the fulness of the scriptures. Allen & David Richardson and Anthony Bentley note that Book of Mormon critics have often charged that Joseph Smith was an amateur fraud and that he plagiarized many biblical stories and placed them in the Book of Mormon. In that vision Nephi wanted to know the meaning of the tree that his father had seen and that he himself now saw (see 1 Nephi 11:8-11). Nephi responds, "I do not know the meaning of all things." "I spake unto him," says Nephi, "as a man speaketh; for I beheld that he was in the form of a man, yet nevertheless I knew that it was the Spirit of the Lord; and he spake unto me as a man speaketh to another." (cf. Joseph Smith changed this phrase to "mother of the Son of God" (1 Nephi 11:18) in the 1837 and 1840 editions of the Book of Mormon, and all subsequent editions have retained the alteration. (1 Nephi 11:18) But she was the perfect mortal typification of the mother of the Son of God. Mother and Father, they are the Great Father and the Great Mother, so called by the Indians, according to Las Casas; and they were in heaven. 1 Nephi 5. He was "wise," "benevolent" and "merciful.". Mary was overcome by the Spirit in her conception. He descended to be born of a mortal woman, even though He was glorified and exalted. Most especially Nephi invites parallels to Christ himself. Consequently, Herod asked the scribes "where Christ should be born." Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit" (John 19:30; Luke 23:46). I Was Caught Away . Though this concept is not mentioned in the Book of Mormon, it is an important principle of the eternal gospel that was taught in its fullness in ancient America. To more fully understand the full impact of symbolism of the cosmic tree one must be aware that the Assyrians did not consider their king, represented by the tree, to be a mere mortal. That she was a regular visitor in the temple, well known by the officials in the sacred edifice, is also indicated by the story of the appearance of her divine Son there at the age of twelve years. [Matthew Roper, Book Review of Jerald and Sandra Tanner's, Covering Up the Black Hole in the Book of Mormon. (Not My Will, But Thine, p. To those who wanted to see the Father, to hear from God directly that Jesus was what He said He was, He answered, "If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: . ", Ishtar, the mother of the king, was the wife of the Assyrian supreme god Ashur, who Parpola refers to as the "heavenly father of the king" and the "sum total of gods.". Why would Nephi see a connection between a tree and the virginal mother of a divine child? . When teaching these chapters it is good to discuss the meaning of who Jesus is at this point. They knew that God was a man, but it was contrary to their law for them to portray Him as such through the use of any drawing, image or idol. the son of god . What was the "asherah" that stood in the temple at Jerusalem and in Samaria? Her statue was worshiped in the Temple for 35 years, until King Asa removed it in 893 B.C. Over and over in the writings on the small plates of Nephi, these four elements provide the outline for Nephite prophecy. (cf. 8:26, 27). In other words the basic idea was that of a fertility symbol, which took the form of a copulating bull. 13-16, Unpublished] [See the commentary on 1 Nephi 8:10; 11:21]. How could anyone plot to kill him when his ministry was teaching righteousness and healing the sick? . Still others have thought that the Bull symbolizes power and strength.285 It is significant that Baal also took on this same royal symbol. Even in the case of Israel their concept of the morality of God had become degenerate. Some important things to emphasize when teaching this material is to talk about and illustrate the tree. . In speaking with reference to the Golden Calf, it states "Here is your God, Israel" . Nephi’s vision is the type of revelation known in biblical literature as apocalyptic, and it is represented in the New Testament most fully by the Revelation of John. Indeed, it is sobering to ponder that He alone would come down from this glorified throne to face the most extreme humiliation and suffering that mortality could inflict. The scriptures say that their cup was full to overflowing. Chapter 7 provides us with the account of the family of Ishmael's joining Lehi and his family in the wilderness. It is regrettable that most of the references to sacred trees have been obscured in the King James translation. It is in this area that there was a great distinction between the religion of the Patriarchs and that of the Canaanites. [See the commentary on 1 Nephi 14:29], 1 Nephi 11:3 I [Nephi] desire to behold the things which my father saw (Illustration): Nephi's Vision. When that unspeakable ordeal was finished, He uttered what must have been the most peaceful and deserved words of His mortal ministry. My suspicions are not, however, essential to the fundamental thesis of this paper, which is simply that the representation, by a tree, of a divine consort bearing a divine child--to us a rather unexpected juxtaposition--was intelligible to Nephi because, whatever his personal opinion of Asherah may have been, such symbolism was familiar to him. 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