Thursday, November 12, 2015

Alma 32:11 - 32:15

Alma 32:11 And moreover, I would ask, do ye suppose that ye must not worship God only once in a week?

Alma then asks them if they have the question as well, if they should only worship on the Sabbath?

Alma 32:12 I say unto you, it is well that ye are cast out of your synagogues, that ye may be humble, and that ye may learn wisdom; for it is necessary that ye should learn wisdom; for it is because that ye are cast out, that ye are despised of your brethren because of your exceeding poverty, that ye are brought to a lowliness of heart; for ye are necessarily brought to be humble.

Alma remarks that it is a good thing that they have been refused access to places of worship because of their poverty. It obviously has brought them to a state where they are willing to listen and be taught by Alma and his companions. Seeing that their self-confidence is lacking, they are now humble enough to hear wisdom and be in the condition to accept it.

Alma 32:13 And now, because ye are compelled to be humble blessed are ye; for a man sometimes, if he is compelled to be humble, seeketh repentance; and now surely, whosoever repenteth shall find mercy; and he that findeth mercy and endureth to the end the same shall be saved.

It is good that they were humble even thought they were brought to that condition because of forces beyond their control. Being compelled often times brings men to this condition where they are willing to listen and as a result repent of their sins and receive mercy from God.

Alma 32:14 And now, as I said unto you, that because ye were compelled to be humble ye were blessed, do ye not suppose that they are more blessed who truly humble themselves because of the word?

Again these Zoramites who were compelled to be humble are certainly blessed, but those who humble themselves without compulsion are even more blessed.

Alma 32:15 Yea, he that truly humbleth himself, and repenteth of his sins, and endureth to the end, the same shall be blessed—yea, much more blessed than they who are compelled to be humble because of their exceeding poverty.

So a person who, on their own, accepts the gospel, repents and endures to the end of their lives are blessed. But even more blessed are they than those who are compelled to be humble and repent.

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