So the family and friends of Jared settled in a valley called Nimrod and there they caught everything that they were told by the Lord. And when they settled here, “the Lord came down and talked with the brother of Jared; and he was in a cloud and the brother of Jared saw him not (verse 4).” the Jaredites were commanded that they should go out into the wilderness and “the Lord did go before them, and did talk with them as he stood in a cloud, and gave directions whither they should travel (verse 5).” My favorite word in that last quote, is them. The Lord did talk with them. Can you see yourself there? Trekking with your family as the Lord leads the way and He walks with you and He talks with you?
The Jaredites learn that the Lord loved them and that He would send them to a promised land and “that whoso should possess this land of promise, from that time henceforth and forever, should serve him, the true and only God, or they should be swept off when the fulness of his wrath should come upon them (verse 8).” Imagine the love that is being poured out among this family. If you were there, with this promise, would you not continue to walk in His ways, knowing that you will be well cared for all of your days and that He will be your protector and guide?
Jared’s brother and their family were led to the seashore by the Lord and here they stayed for the next four years. After walking and talking with the Lord, do you sit on your haunches for four years? I would think not, but it is not my place to question those that had the blessing of walking and talking with Christ. At the end of four years, however, the Lord comes and chastens the brother of Jared for not remembering to call upon Him. I love this little lesson, as it pertains to all of us. Do not forget to call upon the Lord, for He will be there to listen when we do…. each and every time.
Repentance occurs and the brother of Jared is told to sin no more and that with sin is the removal of the Spirit. Instructions are given to the brother of Jared on how to build barges to take all of the flocks and seed and people across the waters. These barges are built well and are sealed up tight like a dish. And I love that little saying “tight like unto a dish,” it settles with me well.
Following the building of the barges, the bother of Jared prays unto the Lord asking for light. The family is worried about being sealed into the barges in the darkness to travel across where the Lord will take them. Additional instructions are given so that the people can have some fresh air and ensure that water doesn’t seep into their ships, but there is no answer to the questions of lighting. Again, the brother of Jared prays to the Lord asking for light. The Lord replies to the brother of Jared and tells him that they will be brought out of the sea and questions how it is that they should have light as there can be no windows in the barges as they would break in the depths of the sea and the with the crashing of the waves.
It is odd that Ether 2 ends with questions, but let’s turn the page and find out if there are answers… I’m sure there are.
I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.