Study Question: Did you learn anything new from the Allegory of the Olive Trees when you read it this time?
Summary: Jacob quotes Zenos relative to the allegory of the tame and wild olive trees. They are a likeness of Israel and the Gentiles. Allusions are made to the Nephites and Lamanites and all the house of Israel. The Gentiles will be grafted into Israel. Eventually the vineyard will be burned. Men must follow Christ to avoid the lake of fire and brimstone. Sherem denies Christ, contends with Jacob, demands a sign, and is smitten of God.
Scripture: Jacob 6:5
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I beseech of you in words of soberness that ye would repent, and come with full purpose of heart, and cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you. And while his arm of mercy is extended towards you in the light of the day, harden not your hearts.”
Hollie: I keep thinking of the need for us to be as little children; Christlike, hopeful and fearless. The older I get, the more questions I have and sometimes the more discouraged I can get- I don’t think I’m good enough, I don’t know enough, I get into the same cycles… but I see that there’s a great need to cling on to that youthful dependence- we NEED to Lord, we need to take our troubles to him. We need to be child-like and therefore Christlike, and we need to support and empower the “young” in our lives, whether it’s in ourselves or in our families and communities!
Rachael D: I feel like every chapter in Jacob talks about diligence. I liked Jacob 5-71-72, where the Lord asks his servants to go and labour with all their might to nourish the vineyard and they will share the joy in the fruit. It goes on to say they obeyed and laboured with all their might.
I also noticed in Jacob 7, Sherem laboured diligently to lead away the hearts of the people and he lead many away. It made me think how I need to labour diligently for the Lord and share the light.
Bonnie W:I really like to apply the Allegory of the Olive Tree to my own life: what bad habits have I let grow in over my good habits? Is there some part of my life that I should ‘prune’ out? Can I ‘graft in’ anyone else’s good example? Questions like that help me focus a bit more on such a long chapter.