Lesson 40: 3 Nephi 16, 20-21
Verses 8-10, especially 10: Who are the Gentiles? Look at each condition for when these things will happen. What does each mean? What, for example, does it mean in this context to sin against the gospel? What does it mean to reject its fullness? (Are those two things or one?) What does it mean to be lifted up in pride above all nations of the whole earth? When will the conditions described here occur? What does Christ mean when he says, â€œI will bring the fulness of my gospel from among themâ€?? (Why â€œbringâ€? and not â€œtakeâ€??) We have been told the gospel will never be taken from the earth again. Does that mean we will never lose it? We have been promised that the Church will not be removed from the earth again. So do we have any reason to worry about the fulfillment of this scripture? If so, what reason?
Verses 11-15: What does it mean that when he brings his gospel from the Gentiles, he will give it to the house of Israel? To who among them? What would it mean for the house of Israel to go among the nations and to tread them down?
Verse 23: How could Moses think to have compared himself to Christ, especially by saying â€œChrist will be like meâ€?? When mentioning the prophets after Moses, the scriptures consistently say, â€œthe prophets from Samuel and those that follow himâ€? or something like that. Why do they omit Joshua? Why is Moses such a central character in Israelite history, so central that time seems to have been reckoned around himâ€”â€œbefore Mosesâ€? and â€œafter Mosesâ€?â€”much as we measure time around Christ?
Verse 25: What does it mean to say they are the children of the prophets?
Verses 28-29: These verses repeat the warning given in 16:8-10. Why is this warning emphasized?
Verse 38: What does it literally mean that the daughters of Jerusalem have sold themselves for naught? What does it mean figuratively? What does it literally mean that they will be redeemed without money? What does it mean figuratively?
Verse 39: What does it mean that the Lord’s people will know his name?
Verse 8: What does it mean that kings will shut their mouths? What will they see that they hadn’t been told of? What will they consider that they hadn’t heard?
Verses 9-10: Is this a reference to Joseph Smith? If not, to whom does it refer?
Verse 14: What is being prophesied here? Few of us own horses anymore, and I suspect none of us has a chariot.
Verse 16: What are soothsayers? Do we find them among us in any significant numbers? What is this scripture prophesying?
Verse 17: What are our graven images today? What are the works of our hands?
Verse 18: What are the â€œgrovesâ€? that will be removed from our cities? In ancient Israel, some pagans worshiped in sacred groves. What might be comparable?
Verse 19: What is priestcraft? Where do we find it among us today? Do we see outside of religion as well as within? Where?
Verse 25: What does it mean that the power of heaven will come down among them?