Understanding the Scriptures
|Manifest (v. 2)||Shown, made known|
|Make bare his arm (v. 10)||Show His power|
|Obscurity (v. 12)||A state of being unknown|
|Ensnare (v. 14)||Trap, capture|
|Execute judgment (v. 21)||Carry out judgment|
|Dominion (v. 24)||Power, control, authority|
1 Nephi 22:8—What Is the “Marvelous Work” the Lord Will Do in the Latter Days?
For most of their long history, the children of Israel were unfaithful to that God who made them His chosen people. In spite of His blessings, they frequently preferred the ways of the world to the ways of God. As a result, most of them were scattered throughout the world and lost their identity. Lehi’s descendants are an example of how one family was scattered and retained their identity. They knew who they were. The marvelous work of the latter days will be to gather as many of the descendants of scattered Israel as are willing to return to the Lord. Even though members of the Church today are of the house of Israel, Nephi referred to us as Gentiles because we come from gentile nations.
Studying the Scriptures
Do any two of the following activities (A–D) as you study 1 Nephi 22.
The Scattering of Israel: Who, Where, When, and Why?
Isaiah’s words concerning the scattering of Israel are found in 1 Nephi 21:1. Nephi explained more about that scattering in 1 Nephi 22:3–5. Summarize the additional information we learn about the scattering from Nephi. Be sure to explain who was scattered, when and where they were scattered, and why.
Match the Idea with the Verse
In 1 Nephi 21:22, Isaiah spoke of the role of the Gentiles in gathering Israel. In 1 Nephi 22, Nephi gave us more information about that gathering. Copy each of the following statements in your notebook and after each one list the verse or verses from 1 Nephi 22:6–12 that contain that idea:
The power of the Lord is necessary for the Gentiles to bless all people with the gospel.
The wealth and prosperity of the gentile nations will be used to support the missionary work required to gather scattered Israel.
Israel will be gathered by their coming to a knowledge of Jesus Christ as their Savior.
A great gentile nation will scatter the descendants of Lehi.
The Gentiles will bless the entire house of Israel by teaching them the gospel.
The Lord will bring the gospel to the great gentile nation. That nation will in turn bless the descendants of Lehi by sharing the gospel with them.
The covenants of the Lord will be revealed to the world through the power of the Lord.
Write a Newspaper Headline
In 1 Nephi 22:13–18, Nephi described the judgment that would come on the wicked in the last days. For each of those verses, write a newspaper headline that summarizes the event Nephi described.
Make a Comparison
Nephi explained some of the differences between what will happen to the righteous and what will happen to the wicked in the last days.