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Devotional on 2 Nephi Chapter 3: Promises and Prophecies

Scripture: 2 Nephi 3 (Community of Christ Revised Authorized Version)

Focus Verse: “Wherefore, Joseph truly saw our day. And he obtained a promise of the Lord, that out of the fruit of his loins the Lord God would raise up a righteous branch unto the house of Israel; not the Messiah, but a branch which was to be broken off, nevertheless, to be remembered in the covenants of the Lord.” (2 Nephi 3:5)

Modern Language Adaptation: “So Joseph really foresaw our times. He received a promise from the Lord that one of his descendants would become a significant leader for the people of Israel. This leader isn’t the Messiah, but rather someone important who would emerge from his lineage. Although this branch would be separate, it would still be important in God’s ongoing promises.” (2 Nephi 3:5)


2 Nephi 3 offers a deeply comforting and visionary dialogue between the patriarch Lehi and his son Joseph. This chapter delves into the legacy of Joseph of Egypt, particularly focusing on the promises God made to him about his descendants. It serves as a bridge connecting the past with the future, highlighting the enduring nature of God’s covenants with His people.

Reflection on Prophecy and Promise

Lehi recounts the prophecies made by Joseph of Egypt, stating that a “seer” will arise from Joseph’s lineage. This seer, named Joseph after his ancestor, is prophesied to be a restorer, someone who will bring out much of God’s word to the people. This prophecy underscores the continuity and fidelity of God, who honors covenants across generations.

The mention of a “choice seer” (Joseph Smith Jr. in historical context) emphasizes the theme of restoration—a recurring and comforting motif in the scriptures. This restoration isn’t merely about returning to old ways but is about reviving essential truths that reconnect us with God’s original intentions for humanity.

Personal Application: Trust in God’s Timing

One of the most poignant lessons from this chapter is the assurance that God’s promises are steadfast and unfold in His perfect timing. Lehi’s retelling of Joseph of Egypt’s prophecies to his son serves as a reminder that we are part of a larger, divine plan that spans generations.

In our lives, this can be a source of great hope. Even when we face uncertainty or when God’s promises seem distant, we can trust in the divine pattern that operates on a timeline far beyond our immediate understanding. We are encouraged to remain faithful and to trust that God will fulfill His promises, just as He did with Joseph of Egypt and his descendants.


Today, let us reflect on the promises God has made to us personally and as a community. How can we align ourselves more closely with God’s purposes? In what ways might we be called to participate in God’s ongoing work of restoration? Let us commit to trusting in God’s timing and to being active participants in His divine plan.

Closing Prayer

Gracious God, thank You for the assurance that Your promises are true and span across the ages. Help us to see our place in Your plan and to trust in Your timing. May we be instruments in Your hands, working to bring about the fulfillment of Your promises just as the seers and prophets of old. In Christ’s name, we pray, Amen.

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