2 Nephi 28:30
30 For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.
Nephi prophesied about the last days. He received a revelation from God that taught him that the records he and his descendants were keeping would come forth again in the latter-days to teach people about Jesus Christ. This book would be another witness of Jesus Christ, like the Bible. The book he was speaking about is The Book of Mormon.
Nephi knew that many people would say that the Book of Mormon was not needed, because we already have a Bible, or that we have “enough” revelation and don’t need more. But Nephi reminds us that God teaches us a little at a time, “line upon line, precept upon precept.”
A toddler wouldn’t be able to know everything they should do, but as the child grows, he or she learns a little at a time from family, friends, and teachers until they are ready to leave home and start a family of their own. We learn and grow in the gospel in the same way.
Even today, our prophet receives revelation to help us better understand and live the gospel. We can also receive revelation through prayer and study by the power of the Holy Ghost.
Jesus Christ invites all people to come unto Him, not just the Jews who lived in Jerusalem a long time ago, or the Nephites who lived in the Americas a long time ago. He speaks to all people and helps us to learn day by day the things we can do to return to Him, and help others along our way.
“Both the history of the Church and our personal lives are replete with examples of the Lord’s pattern for receiving revelation “line upon line, precept upon precept.” For example, the fundamental truths of the restored gospel were not delivered to the Prophet Joseph Smith all at once in the Sacred Grove. These priceless treasures were revealed as circumstances warranted and as the timing was right.” David A. Bednar
Why did Nephi and his descendants keep records? (Discuss ideas)
Did ancient prophets foresee the coming of The Book of Mormon? (Yes. Nephi, Isaiah, and other prophets prophesied of The Book of Mormon.)
Why does God teach us “line upon line”, a little at a time? (Discuss ideas)
Will God continue to provide revelation? (Discuss ideas)
Who does Jesus Christ invite to come unto Him? (Discuss ideas)
If I told you to turn a piece of paper into a bird, could you do it? What if I showed you how, one fold at a time? Demonstrate how learning to do something "line upon line" is easier than trying to undertake something before you are ready.
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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