Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mosiah 29:36 - 29:40

Mosiah 29:36 Yea, all his iniquities and abominations, and all the wars, and contentions, and bloodshed, and the stealing, and the plundering, and the committing of whoredoms, and all manner of iniquities which cannot be enumerated—telling them that these things ought not to be, that they were expressly repugnant to the commandments of God.

Pointing out also that the sins as the result of contentions between factions trying for influence with the king; bloodshed between these warring factions that sometimes occur; stealing of taxes for wicked purposes; whoredoms committed by a wicked king and his supporters and many more repugnant acts of wickedness and sin are all against the commandments of God. This is the conditions created by a unrighteous king. There are many more ways that the society can be brought down to the very depths of hells which can not be written down. These the are natural consequences of a wicked king.

Mosiah 29:37 And now it came to pass, after king Mosiah had sent these things forth among the people they were convinced of the truth of his words.

The letter to the people by king Mosiah convinced them of his proposal for a system of judges.

Mosiah 29:38 Therefore they relinquished their desires for a king, and became exceedingly anxious that every man should have an equal chance throughout all the land; yea, and every man expressed a willingness to answer for his own sins.

They did in fact give up the desire for a king. They were further convinced to now be responsible for the acts of the government themselves rather than leave it to a king. They will police their own governments acts rather than let someone else to do it.

Mosiah 29:39 Therefore, it came to pass that they assembled themselves together in bodies throughout the land, to cast in their voices concerning who should be their judges, to judge them according to the law which had been given them; and they were exceedingly rejoiced because of the liberty which had been granted unto them.

They therefore arranged for voting districts and decided who they wanted to be their elected judges to rule over them. They were now glad that the government would now be in their control rather than feeling disenfranchised and not have any say at all on what the government could or could not do.

Mosiah 29:40 And they did wax strong in love towards Mosiah; yea, they did esteem him more than any other man; for they did not look upon him as a tyrant who was seeking for gain, yea, for that lucre which doth corrupt the soul; for he had not exacted riches of them, neither had he delighted in the shedding of blood; but he had established peace in the land, and he had granted unto his people that they should be delivered from all manner of bondage; therefore they did esteem him, yea, exceedingly, beyond measure.

Because of the proposal of king Mosiah, it raised the love of the people for him even more. He was not look upon as one who took advantage of his position to enrich himself and provide for himself a lavish lifestyle. He also made sure that usury was not allowed among the people or that they were allowed to engaged in immoral behavior. As a result, Mosiah was held in the highest regard by his people.

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