Friday, July 17, 2015

Alma15:1 - 15:5

Alma15:1 And it came to pass that Alma and Amulek were commanded to depart out of that city; and they departed, and came out even into the land of Sidom; and behold, there they found all the people who had departed out of the land of Ammonihah, who had been cast out and stoned, because they believed in the words of Alma.

Alma and Amulek were not commanded to leave Ammonihah and went to the City of SIdom. There they found the people of Ammonihah who had sought refuge because they had been forced to leave their homes and because they believed Alma and Amulek.

Alma15:2 And they related unto them all that had happened unto their wives and children, and also concerning themselves, and of their power of deliverance.

Alma related to these refugees what had happened to their wives and children along with the miracle of their own escape from prison.

These refugees must have been mainly men. They were forced to leave but for whatever reason could not take their families with them. We can only wonder at their reaction when they were told to the terrible deaths their wives and children suffered at the hands of the judges and lawyers. Alma had to be not looking forward to telling them about all that had happened to their families.

Alma15:3 And also Zeezrom lay sick at Sidom, with a burning fever, which was caused by the great tribulations of his mind on account of his wickedness, for he supposed that Alma and Amulek were no more; and he supposed that they had been slain because of his iniquity. And this great sin, and his many other sins, did harrow up his mind until it did become exceedingly sore, having no deliverance; therefore he began to be scorched with a burning heat.

Zeezrom was one of their refugees and was gravely ill. His conscience was pricking him so bad that he was literally sick with a great fever from the memory of all that he had done to perpetrate the great evils that had been prevalent in Ammonihah. He was especially racked thinking that Alma and Amulek had been murdered by those who were once his friends and associates. His other personal sins were also causing him deep regret.

Alma15:4 Now, when he heard that Alma and Amulek were in the land of Sidom, his heart began to take courage; and he sent a message immediately unto them, desiring them to come unto him.

When Zeezrom heard that Alma and Amulek were indeed still in the land of the living and were in Sidom, he immediately sent someone to ask them to come and see him. This news revived his spirit.

Alma15:5 And it came to pass that they went immediately, obeying the message which he had sent unto them; and they went in unto the house unto Zeezrom; and they found him upon his bed, sick, being very low with a burning fever; and his mind also was exceedingly sore because of his iniquities; and when he saw them he stretched forth his hand, and besought them that they would heal him.

Alma and Amulek immediately went to the house where Zeezrom lay gravely ill. They found him burning up with a high fever and a severely pricked conscience. Zeezrom now asked if they would heal him.

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