Understanding the Scriptures
|Suffer (v. 1)||Allow, permit|
|Commence (v. 8)||Begin|
|Kindreds (v. 8)||Families|
|Judge (v. 9)||Bring justice to|
|Equity (v. 9)||Justice, fairness|
|Girdle of his loins, girdle of his reins (v. 11)||Both of these phrases refer to a belt or sash wrapped around a person’s waist (used symbolically here)|
|Sucking child (v. 14)||Nursing child|
|Asp, cockatrice (v. 14)||Poisonous serpents|
2 Nephi 30:2—Who Are the Lord’s Covenant People?
Notice that 2 Nephi 30:2 states that all who have faith in Jesus Christ and repent are “covenant people of the Lord.” This is why Paul could say that “they are not all Israel, which are of Israel” (Romans 9:6). To be a member of the house of Israel, entitled to all of the blessings of the covenant family, requires more than ancestry. Those not born to the house of Israel become members of the covenant family through their faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, and making covenants at baptism, which the Atonement of Jesus Christ makes possible.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study 2 Nephi 30.
What Do You Learn?
Write the following three headings across the top of a page in your notebook: Jews, Descendants of Lehi, and Gentiles. Read 2 Nephi 30:1–7, and under each heading list all that you learn about that group. Put a star next to the statements on your list that have something to do with the Book of Mormon.
In 2 Nephi 30:8–18, Nephi described two events, or time periods, for which the Book of Mormon helps us prepare. What are those time periods commonly called?
For each of the two events identified above, list everything chapter 30 teaches you about it.
What do you feel would be most anticipated about being worthy to live during the time period described in verses 12–18?