Jacob’s First Sermon

Jacob delivered his first sermon to the people of Nephi shortly after their separation from the families of Laman and Lemuel. His purpose in delivering the talk was to help them understand the gathering of Israel and to recognize that it was relevant to them. Following is an outline of the sermon:

  1. Introduction: I’m anxious for your welfare. I’m going to quote some chapters from Isaiah which Nephi encouraged me to share. You can liken them to yourselves. (2 Nephi 6:2-5)
  2. Quotations from Isaiah
    1. Isaiah 49:22-23: Kings will be nursing fathers and queens nursing mothers to the children of Israel (2 Nephi 6:6-7)
    2. Jacob’s explanation:
      1. The inhabitants of Jerusalem have been taken captive. They will be restored but will reject their Savior and be scattered again. (2 Nephi 6:8-10)
      2. Eventually, they will turn their hearts to God and will be restored again. (2 Nephi 6:11)
      3. God will bless their allies and curse their enemies. (2 Nephi 6:12-15)
      4. Isaiah 49:24-26: God can deliver his captive people. (2 Nephi 6:16-19)
    3. Isaiah 50: God has power to deliver us. (2 Nephi 7)
      1. The Lord asks, “Is my hand shortened at all that I cannot redeem?” (2 Nephi 7:1-3)
      2. God opened Isaiah’s ears and blessed his tongue, so that he would warn Israel. (2 Nephi 7:4-5)
      3. Isaiah asks, “Who will contend with me?…For the Lord God will help me.” (2 Nephi 7:6-9)
      4. If you obey the voice of God, you will walk in the light. (2 Nephi 7:10-11)
    4. Isaiah 51: God will one day redeem His people and they will rejoice. (2 Nephi 8)
      1. I will bless you as I blessed your ancestors. I am near. (2 Nephi 8:1-6)
      2. Don’t be afraid. God has performed great miracles in the past, and He has promised to save you. (2 Nephi 8:7-16)
      3. Your suffering has clouded your judgment, like a drunken man. But I will remove the cup and save you. (2 Nephi 8:17-23)
    5. Isaiah 52:1-2: Put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem. (2 Nephi 8:24-25)
  3. The Resurrection and the Atonement
    1. These blessings promised by Isaiah will come to your children. (2 Nephi 9:1-3)
    2. The Savior will overcome both physical and spiritual death. (2 Nephi 9:4-26)
    3. Wo unto those who harden their hearts, including the rich and the learned. (2 Nephi 9:27-38)
  4. Admonition
    1. Remember my words. Turn away from your sins, and turn to God. (2 Nephi 9:39-46).
    2. I would not speak to you this way if you were free from sin. (2 Nephi 9:47-49)
    3. Isaiah 55:1-2: Come buy and eat, without money and without price. (2 Nephi 9:50-51)
    4. Pray continually, give thanks, let your hearts rejoice, remember the great covenants of the Lord. (2 Nephi 9:52-53)
    5. I’ll finish my sermon tomorrow. (2 Nephi 9:54)
  5. Day 2: How these promises apply to us. (2 Nephi 10)
    1. Some of our children will fail to believe, but God will be merciful to them. (2 Nephi 10:1-2)
    2. The Jews will reject the Savior and will be scattered among all nations (2 Nephi 10:3-6)
    3. When they believe in God, they will be gathered with the help of the Gentiles. (2 Nephi 10:7-9)
    4. This land is special. There will be no king here. The Gentiles who live here will be like a father to the children of Israel. (2 Nephi 10:10-19)
    5. God has not forgotten us. His promises extend to the isles of the sea. (2 Nephi 10:20-22)
    6. Final counsel: Ye are free to act for yourselves. Reconcile yourselves to the will of God, so that you can be saved by His grace. (2 Nephi 10:23-25)