Journey through the Book of Mormon: 2 Nephi 29 (Remember the Jews)

3 And because my words shall hiss forth—many of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible.
4 But thus saith the Lord God: O fools, they shall have a Bible; and it shall proceed forth from the Jews, mine ancient covenant people. And what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them? Yea, what do the Gentiles mean? Do they remember the travails, and the labors, and the pains of the Jews, and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles?
5 O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people? Nay; but ye have cursed them, and have hated them, and have not sought to recover them. But behold, I will return all these things upon your own heads; for I the Lord have not forgotten my people.

It’s a tragic irony in history that those who most strongly allege to believe in the bible have often been the most hostile and vicious to those the Bible declares to be chosen of God. Relying on a distortion of Paul’s writing, Christians throughout the ages have declared the Jews rejected and cursed. They have treated them as a hiss and a by word.

Most modern Jews believe that Isaiah’s prophecy of the suffering servant in Isaiah 53 refers to the nation of Israel rather than to the Messiah himself. While we know that Jesus fulfilled this prophecy, in many ways its application to the nation of Israel is also accurate. Israel had to decrease so that the gentiles could come to know Jesus Christ and his Gospel. Because they were beaten and rejected, the word of God had a chance to spread to all the world. And yet, just as Christ will return triumphant, so too will Israel’s sorrow and suffering be only temporary. For God has not forgotten his people.

And all those who have abused and despised God’s people will one day stand before the bar of God and be held accountable.

The Book of Mormon clearly speaks of this truth and warns that those who despise Israel will not be allowed to become a part of it.


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