I have loved going through 2 Nephi with Jonah. He’s getting older and we’re able to talk about more things. Well, really, he can sit still, and he listens well, so I can pay much more attention to what we are reading instead of whether he’s singing, sitting upside down, playing with cars, and so on. 🙂 Scripture study with kids has really helped my understanding of the Book of Mormon as a whole, because I’m constantly trying to make the story flow for the kids.
So today we read 2 Nephi 29. The covenant to Abraham and also to Lehi/Nephi is so clear:
2 And also, that I may remember the promises which I have made unto thee, Nephi, and also unto thy father, that I would remember your seed
14 I covenanted with Abraham that I would remember his seed forever.
So clear! God covenanted with Abraham (and later with Lehi and Nephi) to remember their seed forever. This means He will never give up on them; He will never let them be “utterly destroyed,” but will always keep trying to teach them. If they are wicked wicked wicked, then He will stop protecting and helping them and so their enemies may win the wars – BUT – He will even then preserve a part of them. Isaiah calls this “the remnant.” Nephi sees his people as a part of a fulfilling of that: “…our seed, which is a remnant of the house of Israel” (2 Nephi 28:2).
Now, there might be various ways in which God “remembers” Abraham’s seed, and also various purposes in remembering his seed. So there’s more to talk about. But, that is what the covenant is – a remembering of Abraham’s family.
(And this is why Isaiah is so important to Nephi. Isaiah explains over and over again that God will remember Abraham’s seed, of which the Nephites are a part. See 2 Nephi 6:5 – “And there are many things which have been spoken by Isaiah which may be likened unto you, because ye are of the house of Israel.”)