Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Alma 22:6 - 22:10

Alma 22:6 And also, what is this that Ammon said—If ye will repent ye shall be saved, and if ye will not repent, ye shall be cast off at the last day?

The king also wants to know what Ammon meant by saying that if he did not repent he would not be saved and would be not allow into heaven.

Alma 22:7 And Aaron answered him and said unto him: Believest thou that there is a God? And the king said: I know that the Amalekites say that there is a God, and I have granted unto them that they should build sanctuaries, that they may assemble themselves together to worship him. And if now thou sayest there is a God, behold I will believe.

Aaron starts to answer the king's question by asking first if the king believes in God. He replies saying that the Amalekites say there is a God and the king has allow them to build their churches so they could worship him. However, if Aaron will say there is a God, he will believe.

It sounds like the Amalekites have not tried to convert the king or maybe have never even talk to him about their beliefs. Whatever the case, they had not instilled in him any sort of belief system. The Amalekites may have even looked down on the Lamanites and not wanted to associate with them. The Lamanites gave them a place to set up their churches without having to deal with the Nephites who would have tried to convert them back to the true church. In Lamanite territory, the Nephites could not come in so they did not have to deal with church leaders or missionaries.
So it is interesting that the king said that if Aaron said there was a God, he would believe. Perhaps if the Amalekites had approached the king with their doctrine he would have accepted it and would have in turn not been open to Aaron and the others when they came to Lamanite lands.

Alma 22:8 And now when Aaron heard this, his heart began to rejoice, and he said: Behold, assuredly as thou livest, O king, there is a God.

When Aaron heard that the king would believe whatever Aaron told him made him very happy. Aaron testified for sure that there was indeed a God.

What "golden contact" Aaron had now. Quite a contrast to the reaction he and his fellows had in the land of Middoni.

Alma 22:9 And the king said: Is God that Great Spirit that brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem?

Aaron says that it was God, know to the king as the Great Spirit, that brought there ancestors from Jerusalem to the land of promise.

Is it interesting that where these peoples ancestors came from was still in their minds. Many of those around us do not know where our ancestors came from or only think they know. It is right that we recognize that we are all descendant of immigrants. But here Aaron testifies that their ancestors were led here by God. In fact the Book of Mormon testifies more than once that anyone who is here, whether they were slave, bond or free, were brought here purposefully by God. We are not here by happenstance.

Alma 22:10 And Aaron said unto him: Yea, he is that Great Spirit, and he created all things both in heaven and in earth. Believest thou this?

Aaron further testifies that God, that Great Spirit, created everything that is part of the earth and what is in heaven. Aaron asks if the king believes this.

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