I had a some strong thoughts about our seminary lesson today. I hope I conveyed them to my class. We've crept through Jacob 2 in the Book of Mormon for the last 3 days because I felt it was important to catch what was going on in this chapter.
As Jacob continues to speak to the Nephites at the temple about pride, the love of riches, and unchastity, he agonizes about having to speak to them boldly. He spoke of the hurt feelings from family members that have arisen from their actions. The men have neglected to take care in watching where their loyalties lie and seeing how those actions affect those they love.
In verse 35 it reads: ".....Ye have broken the hearts of your tender wives, and lost the confidence of your children, because of your bad examples before them; and the sobbings of their hearts ascend up to God against you. And because of the strictness of the word of God, which cometh down against you, many hearts died, pierced with deep wounds."
As our lesson was centered on living the Law of Chastity, we talked about loyalty to a spouse, a loved one, and a family. When we are committed to a spouse in marriage, we promise to stay loyal to them, and none other. When we live the Law of Chastity within a marriage, we form a bond with them and there is a strength that forms between us in that commitment we've made to each other. We compliment each other and become greater by sharing "assets" (talents, abilities, strengths, etc.). His assets become hers, and hers become his. Isn't this like what the Lord is asking of us by entering into sacred covenants with him? When we enter into a covenant with the Lord, he is offering us his righteousness if we would be loyal to him. Because he loves us, he's willing to take on our sins if we repent, and commit to honor and obey him, and "no other gods". Perhaps those hurt feelings expressed in verse 35 above somewhat reflect the Lord's feelings when we are not loyal to him? Living the Law of Chastity helps us to understand being loyal to the Lord, which is what he asks of his covenant people.
Jacob is the very one, who in 2 Nephi 9, gave a strong, stirring sermon on the power of the Savior's Atonement. Everything brings us back to the Atonement. All things testify of Christ. We become "complete" through him.