God labors patiently on our behalf. Even though we may appear at first to be unresponsive to His invitations, He doesn’t give up on us. That’s Jacob’s message in chapters 5-7 of his book.
The Allegory of the Olive Tree (Jacob 5-6)
In response to the question, “How can people who have rejected the truth ever build on a firm foundation?” Jacob quotes and comments on a lengthy allegory by the prophet Zenos. Here is my summary of that allegory:
Here is an overview of Jacob’s message to us in these chapters:
Here are some other blog posts about the allegory and Jacob’s commentary:
- Leadership Principles from Jacob 5
- Counsel Me Not – Jacob 5:21-22
- He Pruned It, and Digged About It, and Nourished It – Jacob 5:4-5
- O Be Wise, What Can I Say More? – Jacob 6:12
- What Is Wisdom?
Sherem (Chapter 7)
After sharing the allegory, Jacob turns to a specific case study: a man named Sherem who rejected the gospel and attacked him as the leader of the church. Could Sherem ever be redeemed?
Blog posts about Sherem: