Jacob understood the importance of gospel teaching and took his responsibilities seriously. His brother Nephi, who had consecrated him as “a priest and a teacher” over their people (2 Nephi 5:26, Jacob 1:18), had commanded him to write sermons, revelations, and prophecies on the plates “for Christ’s sake, and for the sake of our people” (Jacob 1:4). After Nephi’s death, Jacob recognized that his people were drifting from the commandments of God. He delivered a stern sermon, calling them to repentance, in order to fulfill his responsibilities in his calling.
Here is an outline of that sermon: Jacob’s Second Sermon – Jacob 2-3
Blog posts about Jacob 1-4
Jacob 1 – Introduction and statement of purpose
- We Did Magnify Our Office unto the Lord – Jacob 1:19
- Having First Obtained Mine Errand from the Lord – Jacob 1:17
Jacob 2 – Jacob’s sermon, part 1: Jacob denounces pride and unclean thoughts
- Ye Are Beginning to Labor in Sin – Jacob 2:5
- What Should I Do About Economic Inequality?
- What’s Wrong with “Costly Apparel?”
- Stiff Necks and High Heads – Jacob 2:13-14
- Let Not This Pride of Your Hearts Destroy Your Souls -Jacob 2:16
- I, the Lord God, Delight in the Chastity of Women – Jacob 2:28
- Ye Have Broken the Hearts…and Lost the Confidence – Jacob 2:35
Jacob 3 – Jacob’s sermon, part 2: Advice for the pure and for the impure
- Why Is It Important to Lift Up Our Heads?
- If Your Minds Are Firm – Jacob 3:1-2
- How Much Better Are You Than They? – Jacob 3:7
- Their Husbands Love Their Wives – Jacob 3:7
- Ye Have Grieved Their Hearts – Jacob 3:10