CLICK HERE to read 2 Nephi 12.
As promised in the last chapter, Nephi uses this chapter to share some teachings from Isaiah.
This chapter can be compared to Isaiah 2.
It opens with Isaiah’s prophesy about the Temples in the latter-days:
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, when the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it” (verse 2 of 2 Nephi 12 and verse 2 of Isaiah 2).
We know “the Lord’s house” is the Temple, and that when scripture talks about the “mountain of the Lord”, it is a metaphor for the Temple or Temple pattern.
“And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem” (verse 3).
So many people will say, “Let’s go to the Temple!”
And we know the Temple is the house of the the Lord, who is the God of Jacob.
We know that we make sacred covenants in the Temple, just as Jacob did, just as Abraham did.
And this is why we go to the Temple, for the Lord to “teach us his ways” so that we can “walk in his paths”.
We go to receive His laws and His instruction.
Verse 5 opens with “O, house of Jacob”, which is covenant language about how we (at the Temple) become the House of the Lord.
(See the Man-of-Holiness blog about how we become “Holiness to the Lord, the House of the Lord”)
And when we do so, and as we do so, then we are able to “walk in the light of the Lord” (verse 5).
(See the Sheckinah blog about the “light of the Lord”).
“All have gone astray, every one to his wicked ways” (verse 5). This is why we need the atonement, why we must repent, why we must choose (and do the work) to become the covenant people.
Instead, we too often try to do it our own way, and remain stubborn against the Lord while complaining about misery we created. “And the mean man boweth not down…” (verse 9). We must do things – live life – Heavenly Father’s way, and follow our Savior in His example of loving and inviting. Anything else – including force, misery, and the removal of agency – is Lucifer’s plan, not Jehovah’s plan of Happiness.
“For the day of the Lord of Hosts soon cometh upon all nations, yea, upon every one” (verse 12).
He will come again. He will return, this time as King and Conqueror.
And everyone will know it.
And we each, as individuals, will be held accountable to God.
And we each, as individuals, we know and understand His justice – and His mercy.