This week the focus of my scripture study will be cause and effect. Someone did something and the effect of that action or behavior is _____. We see this over and over throughout the scriptures and we will look more intensely at them this week.
Helaman 10 takes us back into the presence of Nephi, the son of Helaman and he is in Zarahemla just after the chief judge was killed by his brother. Many Nephites believed that Nephi is a prophet and others thought he is a god. The people then became divided and went about their business leaving Nephi alone. Nephi began to head home while pondering the things that the Lord had showed him. His thoughts drifted to that of the wickedness of the Nephites and “a voice came unto him.”
This voice, was the voice of Heavenly Father. Verse 4-5 read thus: “Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou has not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments. And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will.” We can see that the purple text, or verse 4 is the cause and the green text or verse 5 is the effect. Because Nephi followed the Lord’s commandments and only sought to do His will, he is given blessings forever because Heavenly Father knows that Nephi will not try to do anything that is different from His will. I think this is pretty cool, what an amazing blessing.
We continue to read that Heavenly Father says that whatever Nephi binds or sets loose on earth, it will also be bound or loosed in heaven. Read up to verses 16-17 and find that next cause and effect. Because the angels _______ Nephi was able to ________. Once again, miracles do happen on this earth. They still happen today, people simply decide that they are flukes or happenstance, when really, God has his hand in everything.
I leave this post with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.