Understanding the Scriptures
|Meet (v. 1)||Proper or wise|
|Ceaseth (v. 14)||Stops|
|Strive (v. 14)||Work hard|
|Constraineth (v. 15)||Commands|
1 Nephi 7:2—Why Did the Lord Choose Ishmael’s Family?
The Lord commanded Lehi to send his sons to Jerusalem and bring Ishmael and his family into the wilderness. Ishmael must have been chosen, at least in part, because he was willing to follow the Lord. Nephi wrote that they “did speak unto him the words of the Lord” (1 Nephi 7:4) and the “Lord did soften the heart of Ishmael” (v. 5).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A or B as you study 1 Nephi 7.
List What Happened
List the major events in 1 Nephi 7. Especially consider verses 1, 4–6, 8, 16, 18–19, and 22.
Analyze and Apply What Happened
Review 1 Nephi 7:1–5 and explain why you think the Lord chose Ishmael and his family to join Lehi in the wilderness (see the “Understanding the Scriptures” section for additional help).
In verses 10–12, Nephi repeated the same phrase three times. What is the phrase? How could forgetting be a reason for Laman and Lemuel’s rebellion? List at least three ideas or experiences from your life that could help you be more obedient if you always remembered them.
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