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The Lambs Shall Feed and Strangers Shall Eat, 2 Nephi 15:17

2 Nephi 15:17

"Then..." After the destruction of the wicked and after the Lord is exalted in righteousness.

"shall the lambs..." The disciples of Christ; the followers of the Good Shepherd.

"feed after their manner..." The real question here is whom does "their" refer to? It is in reference to the wicked who had been destroyed. We've read in earlier verses that the unrighteous have these great feasts, but their indictment was that they did not remember the Lord their God. The sheep then, the followers of Christ, are the privileged recipients of those blessings that were first enjoyed by the wicked.

The second half of the verse reaffirms this point even more clearly: "And the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat." There is an interesting cross reference to this verse in Isaiah 10:16 which reads: "Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire."

The use of the word "strangers" means that these are peoples who are not of the chosen people of God. Clearly, this is evidence that at the end of times, as many as will come to the table of the Lord to feast upon his word shall come to eat. Their inheritance, the inheritance of strangers that believe is to receive that part which was prepared for the house of Israel had they chosen to believe in and follow Christ.