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KnoWhy #277 - Why Does Jacob Describe God as a Divine Warrior? (2 Nephi 6:17)
|Title||KnoWhy #277 - Why Does Jacob Describe God as a Divine Warrior? (2 Nephi 6:17)|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Covenant; Divine Warrior; Holy One of Israel; Imagery; Jacob (Son of Lehi); Jesus Christ; Likening; Mortal Life; Promise; Redeemer; Savior; Warfare|
Jacob’s powerful discourse recorded in 2 Nephi 6–10 uses some intense imagery that depicts God as ever ready to defend his faithful covenant people and fight battles on their behalf. Jacob’s Nephite audience had been driven from their ancestral land of promise in Jerusalem and were concerned that they had now been cut off from the Lord’s covenantal promises of prosperity and security. Jacob sought to reassure his people that the Lord had not forgotten them by utilizing the traditional scriptural portrayal of God as a Divine Warrior who had the power to intervene and fulfill His covenantal promises.
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