Saturday, January 3, 2015

Mosiah 13:21 - 13:25

Mosiah 13:21 Thou shalt not kill.

(Commandment #6). Don’t kill anyone.
[The Hebrew word means to murder. Murder is usually perpetrated to get gain. Killing to preserve life is not murder. Killing in time of war is not murder. And we since we believe in being subject to rulers, we cannot be held accountable for what we are called upon to do on the battle field. So one cannot use the excuse of not killing to pick up a rifle.]

Mosiah 13:22 Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal.

(Commandments #7 & 8). Don’t have sexual relations with anyone (other than your spouse who is of the opposite sex) and do not steal any of their property.

Mosiah 13:23 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

(Commandment # 9). Do not swear falsely in court or in front of other people that which is not true about another person.
[This includes gossip.]

Mosiah 13:24 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s.

(Commandment #10). Don’t look longingly at what your neighbor has and want it for yourself. Just because he may have a stronger ox or better looking goat than you, that does not mean you should try to upgrade just so you can think yourself superior because you have a better looking ox.
[The call is to be acquire what you need to survive and grow spiritually. If your drive to get stuff is to show you are better than someone else, then your motivation is deadly spiritually. If your motive is to bring beauty, education and more spirituality into your life that is ok.]

Mosiah 13:25 And it came to pass that after Abinadi had made an end of these sayings that he said unto them: Have ye taught this people that they should observe to do all these things for to keep these commandments?

After reading the ten commandments to the king Noah and the priests, he asked them if they have been living these laws and teaching the people to do the same?
[Here Abinadi asked them to judge themselves. Much like we do in Temple recommend interviews. We know if we are not right with the Lord. Asking us to judge ourselves is far more powerful then being accused of wrong doing. If, what I have learned over the years, that our final judgment will be a self judgment, then this is what judgment day will be like. So when we pass judgment on ourselves and then make our own decision as to what is the proper reward for our actions, we will have no argument as where we finally end up. We will be content and not harboring up resentment to God for our individual fates.]

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