Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mosiah 26:11 - 26:15

Mosiah 26:11 For it came to pass that they did deceive many with their flattering words, who were in the church, and did cause them to commit many sins; therefore it became expedient that those who committed sin, that were in the church, should be admonished by the church.

Alma says to the king that these offenders are guilty of various sins and have refused to repent of them. Therefore he has brought them before the king for judgment.

Mosiah 26:12 But king Mosiah said unto Alma: Behold, I judge them not; therefore I deliver them into thy hands to be judged.

But king Mosiah says that they are not his problem, they are Alma’s and refuses to judge them.
[It maybe in Mosiah’s mind that these individuals were not guilty of any criminal acts and therefore could not be punished under civil law. It is interesting that this is an example of how close the tie between the state and religion. Alma thinks that violation of a commandment is punishable by the laws of the land. It would be like committing adultery requiring a time in jail or a fine. It was maybe ok in other times and places, but in our decedent society of today.]

Mosiah 26:13 And now the spirit of Alma was again troubled; and he went and inquired of the Lord what he should do concerning this matter, for he feared that he should do wrong in the sight of God.

So Alma is saddled with these sinners and not knowing what to do about them. He therefore goes to the Lord in prayer. Not knowing what to do and fearing to make a mistakes, he feels that’s all he can do. His own wisdom will not give him any ideas of what to do.
[This is a legitimate fear. I don’t mind making mistakes that effect me. I can fix them and start over. I learn from them and don’t mind them. I know I am not perfect and will make them all day long and will do so until I die. That is the nature of mortality. But what I fear is making a mistake that effects others. I do not want to be the person that brings misery and suffering to another person through some misstep or lack of good judgment on my part. But I guess that is part of the experience of mortality too. Can we forgive others for their weaknesses or laps of good judgment. Especially when they did not have in their hearts any desire to hurt anyone.]

Mosiah 26:14 And it came to pass that after he had poured out his whole soul to God, the voice of the Lord came to him, saying:

Alma with these fears in his heart get very emotional in his prayer. He very fearful of making a mistake which especially concerns a person’s eternal welfare. He wants to know how to handle these people.

Mosiah 26:15 Blessed art thou, Alma, and blessed are they who were baptized in the waters of Mormon. Thou art blessed because of thy exceeding faith in the words alone of my servant Abinadi.

The Lord comes to him to answer his question. First, He calls him blessed because of his faith which was acquired only by the words of Abinadi and not by some miraculous event or manifestation. And that goes for those who were converted only be Alma’s words and not in a similar manner.
[We are all blessed because of our faith from other people. Not many of us are given visions or manifestations of the gospel. We are just hearing from family and friends and have faith of their sincerity and go on to get our own testimony. But most of the time it starts with people talking to people.]

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