Did Nephi Need His Brothers?
In a recent reading of 1st Nephi we see where Laman threw away his lot to be the future leader and possibly Prophet as the Eldest son of Lehi because of his constant rebellion against God. Nephi took over and was able to take them back to Jerusalem, get the plates, talk to Ishmael, etc. At no time do we see his brothers (including Sam) really do anything that he could not have done on his own - so we have to wonder, did he really need his brothers?
We could argue that Sam may have helped him in a way that is not emphasized such as support. We could also say that they each took watch so that sleep could be had, but these things are not mentioned. Later in the Book we see where building the ship definitely required his brothers, but other than that it seemed they were more of a hinderance than anything else.
This made me reflect on how we have to sometime work with people that hate us or even cause more trouble than good, but it seems to be the Lord's way of helping us to grow. We can liken it to callings, work, school, etc. It surely is not easy as everyone has agency, but the Lord will always help us if we maintain His standards.
Oh yes, I think Nephi needed his brothers. The example you gave about the ship is a vital one in the whole trip to the Promised land, they worked as a team several times when they had to go and hunt for food and even though the Book of Mormon may not emphasised other things they may have done, just the opposition itself was very important for Nephi's growth, after all in the BOM says that we need opposition in all things.
Nephi needed his brothers wickedness to help himself measure his own righteousness. As we should use the wickedness of our "brothers and sisters" wickedness as a way for us to measure our righteousness. Do we do things that the worldly do, (ie watch rated R movies, participate in sexual jokes) or do we shun those things.
If I didn't have someone I know that is wicked by their lifestyle to help me realize what I need to change then I myself would probably follow the same path and not realize it.
Trinidad, if Nephi had went alone to Laban it would have been an insult to Laban. Lehi sending his youngest son would be disrespectful. They would have had a far greater chance with Lehi's oldest son and rightful heir Laman. This is why Laman attempts to retrieve the records first. Ofcourse he fails and that is when Nephi must rely on the Lord to help them get the plates.
Red, first off it is "JB", second where did you get that info from? It says they cast lots and it fell upon Laman, in other words they rolled dice to see who would go.
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Well JB, I think it is common knowledge that in Israel at that time the oldest son was heir to the estate much as it was everywhere in the ancient world. You are right that they did cast lots to see who would go. My assumption is that Lehi wanted Laman to ask and he refused when they got there forcing the group to cast lots. 1Nephi 3:4-8 foreshadows the events to come. Lehi has told Laman and Lemuel that they are to get the records before he told Nephi anything about it and they murmurmed against Lehi. Then Nephi says that he will make sure it is done and Lehi says that he is blessed of the Lord. This foreshadowing suggests that the responsibility was to fall on one of the other two( Laman most likely), that they would fail, and Nephi would have to accomplish the task. Remember this is a brief account given by Nephi on the small plates so he does not have room to explain every detail. Is it really that hard to imagine Laman shucking his responsibility and forcing them to cast lots during their "counsel"?
Tangent...wasn't casting lots against Jewish law? I'm not sure but I thought it was. If so that is more evidence that Nephi certainly wouldn't have suggested such. And if Nephi was supposed to get the plates to begin with, then why would they cast lots at all? It seems unlike Nephi to be afraid or to run from his responsibility.
It would also seem strange that Lehi would not designate someone in particular to ask Laban. It only makes good sense that since Lehi was not going that he would get the next highest ranking member of his family to go in his stead to be respectful to Laban and increase their chances of recieving the plates.
Laman probably losing the lots was all too fitting, as it was probably his responsibility to begin with and his idea to cast lots. That's rich irony.
|My assumption is that Lehi wanted Laman to ask and he refused when they got there forcing the group to cast lots.|
|QUOTE (Red @ 22-Jun 06, 1:36 PM)|
|wasn't casting lots against Jewish law? I'm not sure but I thought it was. If so that is more evidence that Nephi certainly wouldn't have suggested such.|