A few thoughts from my scripture reading this morning- 1 Nephi chapter 19.
Nephi is commanded to make plates of ore. He first makes a more detailed record of his time in the wilderness on those plates. Later he is commanded to make the gold plates, which contain things that are more sacred.
He sure did a lot of writing. How grateful I am that he followed the commandment of the Lord to make these other plates. He could have said, “I’ve already made plates!” But no, he knew that the Lord has a purpose in all things, so why not this?
Nephi quotes scripture about Christ and his coming, his life and his death. He writes of those of old who may have erred in their writing, but that doesn’t take away from the truth of their words.
Here’s the part that really struck me, verse 9:
And the world, because of their iniquity, shall judge him to be a thing of naught; wherefore they scourge him, and he suffereth it; and they smite him, and he suffereth it. Yea, they spit upon him, and he suffereth it, because of his loving kindness and his long-suffering towards the children of men.
This is such a beautiful scripture to me. This perfect man was seen as a thing of naught.
Naught means nothing,
nothing at all,
It is difficult to even type those words in relation to my Savior. No purpose? No effect?
Our very existence and our eternal welfare depended on Him. And because of him, we are saved both spiritually and temporally.
He is THE purpose.
And here’s the thing. He knew this. He knew his purpose. So when the people saw him as a thing of naught- what must that have felt like? He was there for them too. But he didn’t do any grandstanding or set himself above them. He let them scourge him, and smite him, and spit on him. And crucify him. And he suffereth it because of his loving kindness…
Do we esteem him as a thing of naught?
What do we do with his words? Do we study and seek to understand? Or do we set them off to the side until we have the time to read them.
What do we do with the temple? His house? Do we try to go as often as possible, to be in his presence? Or do we let one month, two months- or a year go by because we don’t have two house to spare? Do we see a purpose in attending?
For the things which some men esteem to be of great worth, both to the body and soul, others set at naught and trample under their feet. Yea, even the very God of Israel do men trample under their feet; I say trample under their feet but I would speak in other words- they set him at naught, and hearken not to the voice of his counsels.
What counsels have we received? Very recently in general conference we received counsel from his Prophet and Apostles.
Our dear prophet, President Monson, spoke with all the energy he could muster. He only had the strength to speak for a few minutes at a time- once during the priesthood session, and again on Sunday morning. What did he say? Read the Book of Mormon every day, and be kind. Of all the things he could have said, these are them.
Will we set these things at naught?