Wednesday, November 13, 2013

1 Nephi Chapter 10

This chapter introduces the comparison between the house of Israel and an olive tree. Nephi's brother Jacob will later expand on this allegory in Jacon 5-6.This comparison always intrigued me as a child. Maybe because I was the only child in my third grade class that knew what it meant to graft a tree.

What I like the most about the allegory is that in order for a tree to survive, it needs two life sources, water and light. Throughout the scriptures Christ refers himself as both the light and the water. In order for the House of Israel to survive it will need sun, water, and a gardener, yet another New Testament reference to Christ. It is predicted that the House of Israel will be gathered. I hope we remember that we all come from the same plant.