Saturday, March 7, 2015

Mosiah 23:11 - 23:15

Mosiah 23:11 Nevertheless, in this I do not glory, for I am unworthy to glory of myself.

Alma takes no credit for what he has done. He deserves no credit from any man.

Mosiah 23:12 And now I say unto you, ye have been oppressed by king Noah, and have been in bondage to him and his priests, and have been brought into iniquity by them; therefore ye were bound with the bands of iniquity.

As the people began to copy the actions of king Noah and his priests and were committing the same kinds of sins they were, fell under the bondage of sin.
[Once you start to commit sins with regularity, the guilty consciences goes away and you are hooked. Escape is difficult and to break free often times requires drastic means such as war and famine. However, a prophet will warn the people ahead before such things happen and the people can escape the consequences through repentances. But we often see the people either refuse to repent or have lost the ability to repent such as a person hooked on drugs.]

Mosiah 23:13 And now as ye have been delivered by the power of God out of these bonds; yea, even out of the hands of king Noah and his people, and also from the bonds of iniquity, even so I desire that ye should stand fast in this liberty wherewith ye have been made free, and that ye trust no man to be a king over you.

But the people should now see that they had been freed from the influence of king Noah but the direct intervention of the Lord, Himself. Now that they are free, they must keep in mind how they were freed and always be watchful that they do not slip back into a similar situation with a new king.

Mosiah 23:14 And also trust no one to be your teacher nor your minister, except he be a man of God, walking in his ways and keeping his commandments.

The people should only appoint a man to a leadership position who is a righteous man. Who is living the gospel and keeping the commandments.

Mosiah 23:15 Thus did Alma teach his people, that every man should love his neighbor as himself, that there should be no contention among them.

So Alma was now teaching everyone to love his neighbor and that there should be no contention among themselves.

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