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"They Regard Not the Work of the Lord," 2 Nephi 15:12

2 Nephi 15:12

Vs. 12 - "And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine are in their feasts; but they regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider the operation of his hands."

This is a pointed accusation. Amos 6 elaborates on this condition in greater detail by saying, "Woe unto them that are at ease in Zion." The riches and blessings that are bestowed upon Israel are for an expressed purpose in advancing the causes of Zion. God blesses us with abundance so that we can create equity and share our abundance with others. Historically, what Isaiah is accusing Zion of is the human tendency to waste our abundance on luxury and finery.

In this particular verse, those luxuries are described as music and drink to accompany their meals. Then the pointed accusation: "but they regard not the work of the Lord."

What is the work of the Lord that the wicked would not consider it? When I consider how hard it is to bring about the converting changes that need to be realized in order for a soul to be fulling converted to the pathway of righteousness, I'm almost overwhelmed with how hard that can be. It is at one level so hard and difficult, while on another level, so very simple, that to those who do not have eyes to see and ears to hear, it because almost impossible to discern the works of the Lord.

Hence, if our attentions are focused on finery and the details of luxury, in place of subtle prompting of the Spirit and the details of the Lord's work, we stand in direct opposition to the work of God and His righteousness.