Another of the earliest direct messages in the Book of Mormon comes from the writings of Nephi. This Nephi was raised in Jerusalem at the heart of the Jewish nation. His father, Lehi, was one who earnestly sought the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (who the people of the Jewish nation professed to worship).
In the act of solemn prayer, seeking for the welfare of his people, he received revelation from God, which included a warning of the impending destruction of Jerusalem. In hopes that they would repent and be spared, Lehi began communicating what he had seen to the inhabitants of his city and soon received further revelation to leave Jerusalem because some in the city, unhappy with Lehi’s warnings, were plotting to take his life. Lehi and his family did as they were directed and (in 600 B.C.) were led by God away from the darkening prospects of Jerusalem across long stretches of land and sea to the Americas.
After witnessing and participating in this extraordinary deliverance, Nephi declares the following truths for those who would later read his account:
-How important is it to have the power of deliverance in your life and your family members’ lives?
-Is physical deliverance or spiritual deliverance more important? How, if at all, are both types of deliverance related?
-Are the tender mercies of the Lord extended to everyone on the earth? Or, just to those whom He has chosen because of their faith?
-What is faith? And, what kind and intensity of faith do you need to be made mighty through God’s direct participation in your life?