First of all, 2 Nephi 9 is another absolutely amazing chapter in The Book of Mormon. Jacob explains the Atonement in this chapter.
We know that Jacob had a personal witness of the Savior.
Additionally, we know that Jacob had a great teacher – Lehi. 2 Nephi 2 is the chapter where Lehi teaches Jacob one final time before his death. Lehi taught about the need for opposition, the fall, and the benefits and blessings of the fall. Lehi taught about agency. He lays the groundwork for really understanding the need for an Atonement.
We can guess that chapter 9 is happening quite some time later – Lehi passed away, Laman and Lemuel had threatened Nephi, Nephi and his people fled from Laman and Lemuel, Nephi and his people built their own civilization. So, I’m sure some time has passed. Chapter 9 of 2 Nephi says that it happened anywhere between 559-545 BC: a span of about 14 years. Jacob has probably learned a lot since the time that his father taught him.
So – this chapter is awesome, and Jacob’s understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is amazing. We are so blessed to have his teachings. Read all of 2 Nephi 9.
Today, I want to focus in on an invitation that Jacob gave:
“Come, my brethren, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come buy and eat; yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price.
51 Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness.” – 2 Nephi 9:50-51
Come Every One that Thirsteth
Who thirsts? Everyone! There is not a soul who can survive this world without water. There is true on both a physical and spiritual level.
So Jacob’s invitation is to everyone – all of us. None of us are turned away.
Come to the Waters
Jacob has identified his audience: all that thirst. By the way, Jacob is saying this by way of commandment. It isn’t merely Jacob’s invitation. It is the Lord’s invitation. So- we will refer to it as the Lord’s invitation from this point on.
What does the Lord offer to those that thirst (all of us): water.
I often tell myself and say to others: Our Lord is not Lucy. You know Lucy, from Charlie Brown. She sets Charlie Brown up – with the football. He runs to kick it, then she snatches it away, and he ends up flat on his back.
The Lord is not like that.
To those that thirst, He offers:
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into ceverlasting life.” – John 4:14
I have to admit that I take this for granted. I live in the U.S. I’ve lived a privileged life. I’ve been thirsty, sure. But water has never been hard to come by for me. I haven’t had to dig a well. I haven’t had to search for a spring or brook. If I’m thirsty, I can usually just get up and go right to the tap where clean water is ready for consumption. If I go for a hike, I have the ability to fill up a water bottle, bladder, or canteen with fresh water. I can’t imagine being in a situation where water simply is not available to me.
That being said, I’ve been thirsty before (obviously), and there is nothing quite like a refreshing glass of water when you really thirst.
Christ offers this to us. It is such a comfort and blessing. And He offers it to us consistently – like a tap that always has good, cool, clean water.
He that Hath no Money, Come Buy and Eat
The Lord not only offers us water, but he also says:
“…yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price.” –
The Lord offers us not only necessities, but also the abundances of wine and milk – without money or price. We simply have to come.
As I write this, I realize the water, the milk, and the wine – they aren’t free. He paid for them.
Do Not Spend Money for That Which is No Worth, Nor Labor for that Which Cannot Satisfy
Always good advice. And I can’t say that I always heed it. Why are we so much like raccoons? Could Jacob even imagine what these modern days would be like – how rich we would be, yet how empty so many of us feel because we are spending money on that which is of no worth???
I don’t want to write too much on this subject because I do spend money on what some might say is not of worth. I don’t want to pontificate on this subject because I don’t think that the Lord is telling us to be minimalists.
I really think that He is just saying that we will find happiness from Him, not from the things that we buy or other things that we chase after – thinking that they are important – in this life.
(Please don’t misunderstand me. I don’t suggest we throw out the baby with the bathwater. There isn’t anything inherently wrong with “stuff.” It’s just that we should remember the role that “stuff” plays in our lives. Stuff is just stuff. We do need some stuff. And some stuff can make life a little nicer and more comfortable. We simply need to remember it’s role and importance in our lives and not get confused – thinking that “stuff” is what will make us happy.)
Come Unto the Holy One of Israel
Come unto Christ! This is what we should focus on! Even as we do other things in life, we still need the Savior to be at the center of what we do. The Savior is what will bring us peace, joy, and life. He is the Living Water. He is the Bread of Life.
Feast Upon that Which Perisheth Not
Christ is everlasting. His gospel is everlasting. Feasting on His word will bring us the same kind of everlasting life and joy.
The Savior taught:
When we feast on what He has to offer, we will experience satisfaction.
Let Your Soul Delight in Fatness
I really hope that you have made it this far in this blog post, because this is my favorite!
LET YOUR SOUL DELIGHT IN FATNESS!!!!!
How often do we get to hear something like this? Eat, eat, eat! Feasting too much on Christ and His good word? Impossible! Our spiritual fitness=fatness! Delight in it! Delight in the Savior, eat, drink and find joy in what He offers to us.
What an invitation.
This is a party I want to go to! There won’t be judgment. He’s not telling us to dress in black tie. We won’t be judging others – on their cars or clothing because as a part of the invitation, we have been advised not to spend money or labor on worthless things. Some people may show up to the party in a Range Rover, others may show up on foot. No big deal. We can trust that each person did what they needed to do, personally, to get there.
We don’t need to worry about what we are wearing. If we are wearing an expensive brand or clothes or something we got at Wal-Mart, it doesn’t matter. We just need to show up!
We just need to come. The Savior paid the price for each of us to come. He paid our entry fees. He had all of our names listed on the invite list. And now He invites us to come unto Him and participate fully, freely, and frequently. He wants us to be happy.
We can trust Him. He is not Lucy. If we will come unto Christ – through covenanting with Him and then keeping those covenants, then we will be able to let our souls delight in fatness.