#LDSConf – Ether 7

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The son of Jared reigned in righteousness (verse 1), and his family grew and prospered (verse 2).  When he passed, his son took the throne (verse 3).  His son began his family, including having a son named Corihor.

When Corihor was grown, he rebelled against his father, and left the land, drawing many after him (verse 4).  He gathered these people as an army, and marched against his father to take him captive (verse 5).  This fulfilled what Jared’s brother had said about choosing kings would lead to their captivity (verse 5).  The king was held captive until he was very old, but had another son named Shule while he was in captivity (verse 7).

As Shule grew up in captivity, he became angry with his brother that reigned over them unrighteously and on a stolen throne.  He grew strong, and mighty, and wise (verse 8).  He gathered others who wanted to reclaim the rightful thrown for his father, and they made swords to arm themselves, and fought for the kingdom and restored it to his father (verse 9).

Because Shule had done this righteously, winning the kingdom but then returning it to his father, his father the king gave it back to his son Shule (verse 10) who then reigned in righteousness (verse 11).  Shule’s family grew (verse 12), and he made peace with Corihor, even giving Corihor power after he repented (verse 13).

Corihor’s family also grew, including having a son named Noah (verse 14).  This son rebelled (as his father had) against king Shule, and against his father Corihor (verse 15).  He battled against them, stealing some of the land and making himself king there (verse 16), taking Shule captive (verse 17).

The night before Noah was going to kill Shule, the sons of Shule snuck into the house and killed Noah in his sleep, breaking Shule out of prison and restoring him to his throne (verse 18).

So there is a pattern, where the children make the same bad choices they learned from their parents, repeating the mistakes of their parents, and suffering the same consequences they had inflicted on others.

But there is also a pattern of good children making good choices, following the good patterns of their parents, fighting for righteous dominion and honoring their parents by restoring them to their proper places, and being blessed for these good choices.

Now the country was divided into two kingdoms: the kingdom of Shule, and the kingdom of the son of Noah who was killed in his sleep) (verse 20).   The son of Noah tried to battle Shule, but Shule won (verse 21).

But then we see something new happen: repentance.  This is another pattern.  There are children who learn to repent by seeing their parents repent.  Cohiror did repent, and so was given honor and power in righteous ways.  So also does Nimrod repent, on behalf of his family, giving his inherited kingdom (from the son of Noah) back to Shule (verse 22).  This gained him favor with Shule, who granted him freedom and favors.

It was a season of repentance.  The Lord sent prophets among the people to tell them that their bad choices were “bringing a curse upon the land, and they should be destroyed if they did not repent” (verse 23).  The people would not listen, and even mocked the prophets, so much that Shule had to punish those who had reviled the prophets (verse 24).   King Shule made a law giving prophets the freedom to go where they wanted for preaching, and this was a rebuke to the people who “were brought unto repentance” (verse 25).

The Lord kept His promise, and spared the people when they repented, and the people began to prosper again (verse 26).  The people had peace in the Lord, with no more wars, because they “remembered the great things that the Lord had done” and so the king reigned in righteousness (verse 27).

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