|Does anyone know IF it was indeed against their law? Just wondering, one of those tidbits of info!|
| "While modern people might be familiar with casting lots to create a pure chance selection, it would be a disservice to these brothers to assume that the casting of lots was done to create a random assignment. Casting lots in the ancient world assumed that the randomness inherent in the lots opened the door for God to place His hand in the outcome. The casting of lots was used as a means of discovering the will of the Lord.Laman, Lemuel, Nephi, and Sam had been sent on a mission by their father. The mission had been commanded of Lehi in a prophetic vision. Regardless of the feelings that Laman and Lemuel had about their state of affairs in the wilderness, they were familiar with religion, and knew that this was a religiously directed mission. In a more modern story, we might see the four brothers kneeling in prayer to determine who should go to Laban. The casting of lots was essentially the same for them.|
Nibley has a fairly long description of ancient divination practices in his Since Cumorah "¦the casting of lots was an action equivalent to asking the direction of the Lord, which would be consistent with the religious purpose of this quest into Jerusalem"¦"
Nephi had to learn just as his brothers did, it was probably also a trailer if you will to what would eventually become the continuation of the war between Nephites and Lamanites.