We now take a break in the narrative to go all the way back to the time of the confounding of languages at the time of the Tower of Babel. We meet Jared, a man of faith, who asked his brother, a man of enormous faith, to pray to the Lord to learn where they should go to find a promised land. When the brother of Jared prayed about this direction, the Lord told them to go to a certain place. “And there will I meet thee, and I will go before thee into a land which is choice above all the lands of the earth” (v. 42).
Similarly, if we want to be led by the Lord we must meet Him in a certain “place,” which is reached by prayer, scripture study, serving our neighbors, and loving as the Lord loves. From there He will “go before” us into that most promised land of Eternal Life. For us to get there, He must carry us. He carries us with His atoning sacrifice. As these Jaredites, “let us be faithful unto the Lord, that we may receive it for an inheritance” (v. 38).