Jacob 2 continues where Jacob 1 left off; Jacob is denouncing the love of riches, pride and immoral sexual practices. In verse three, Jacob says that he is “weighed down with much more desire and anxiety of the welfare of your souls.” Can you imagine having to fill or feel as if you need to fill the shoes of the previous prophet who was beloved? I can imagine that Jacob was overwhelmed and with the blessings from Heavenly Father that he felt a great burden to ensure that his brothers people, his people, are cared for and have all of the knowledge that they need in order to return to the Celestial Kingdom.
Verse four pretty much lays out a blatant truth and Jacob is straight forward with the people. He tells them that they are failing to keep the commandments of God which he has shared with them. He explains to the people that he wants to share glad tidings with them, but because of their behaviors, he has been instructed to share other information instead, which is much less pleasing. Jacob tells everyone that if they obtain riches that they must part with what they have in excess and share with others, in other words – don’t be greedy and prideful, make sure that everyone has what they need especially if you have more than what you need. And do not think yourself better than any other person because you have and they have not, humble yourself, as you are a child of God, just as the next person is. Each person is the same in the eyes of God, so don’t go thinking that you’re better than anyone else. Lastly, Jacob shares this principle: one man and one woman. Jacob goes into a bit more detail, specifically telling men to not have more than one wife and to have no concubines. He even goes so far as to tell the men that they are breaking the hearts of their wives and setting a horrific example to their children by not obeying this law.
I like this chapter, a great “back to the basics” that can be put in to each of our daily lives as reminders to be charitable to those that we can reach and to keep our covenants with Heavenly Father.
I write this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.