4 And it had come to pass that my father spake unto her, saying: I know that I am a avisionary man; for if I had not seen the things of God in a bvision I should not have known the goodness of God, but had tarried at Jerusalem, and had perished with my brethren. 5 But behold, I have aobtained a bland of promise, in the which things I do rejoice; yea, and I cknow that the Lord will deliver my sons out of the hands of Laban, and bring them down again unto us in the wilderness. 6 And after this manner of language did my father, Lehi, acomfort my mother, Sariah, concerning us, while we journeyed in the wilderness up to the land of Jerusalem, to obtain the record of the Jews. 1 Nephi 5:4-6
Like all good mothers, Sariah worried about her kids while they weren’t where she could keep an eye on them. However, now that they were back, she was happy and thanked Our Heavenly Father for their safe return. She was convinced that her sons had been killed by wild animals or met with some other gruesome fate in the wilderness. She had been complaining to Lehi about his visions and revelations because of the sorrow and trials they caused on the family.
I call this the “dead in a ditch” gene that mothers seem to have when kids don’t call when they are late coming home. Even adult kids who still live at home (or close to home). Why is it that mothers seem to jump to the worst case scenario? ;~D
Lehi had been explaining to her that he knows his visions and prophecy has made like difficult for all of them, but reassured her that things would be a lot worse before long if they had of stayed in Jerusalem.
The line “but tarried at Jerusalem, and had perished with my botheren” has always been interesting to me. Jerusalem hadn’t been taken by Babylon yet, so he wasn’t speaking in general terms. Could he have been referring to other prophets who had been killed? Or was he speaking of the future as the present (as prophets often do)? Was he referring to a vision he had of his fellow Israelites being killed or taken into captivity? Interesting for discussion, but I admit, I don’t know the answer.
The sons of Lehi and Sariah return, making Sariah a very happy mother. What good mother isn’t excited to have her family back together, especially if she was sure she didn’t have a family to be excited about anymore? Her faith in God was restored and there was much rejoicing (yea).
8 And she spake, saying: Now I know of a surety that the Lord hath acommanded my husband to bflee into the wilderness; yea, and I also know of a surety that the Lord hath protected my sons, and delivered them out of the hands of Laban, and given them power whereby they could c">accomplish the thing which the Lord hath commanded them. And after this manner of language did she speak. 1 Nephi 5:8
After celebrating the triumphant return of the boys, the family made a burnt offering sacrifice to thank the Lord for their safe return, and for success in obtaining the brass plates.
Lehi goes to work, studying the plates to learn what was so important about them. He learns that they contain the 5 books of Moses (the Pentateuch. They contained writings of past prophets, mentioning Zedakiah and Jeremiah specifically. It also taught Lehi of his lineage from Joseph, son of Jacob. Coincidentally, Laban was also of the lineage of Joseph and Jacob; which gives us insight into why Laban had the plates in the first place.
Lehi prophesies that the plates will be used to teach the future generations of his family, but also be used by people in every corner of the world, in every language and culture. We know this prophesy has been realized because the books of Moses were included in the Old Testament, which is found in every corner of the world. If people in Lehi’s family line choose to dwindle in unbelief, it won’t be because they weren’t taught the Gospel.
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