I decided to get back into reading the scriptures now that I've finished the last conference talks.
This has nothing to do with Mosiah 3, but one thing I neglected to write about was the last gospel doctrine class I attended. Our wonderful teacher, Ryan Anderson taught again, and made a wonderful parallel out of Amalickiah and Satan.
We were studying the war chapters of Alma, and while asking questions about Amalickiah, Ryan wrote on the chalkboard, the things that Amalickiah did. He then asked us if there was anything he wrote which Satan himself did not do. Some of the things written down were:
- Got cast out of his city
- Took some people out with him
- Became, through deceit, the king of an entire nation
- Persuaded Lehonti to come down, and then killed him.
- Held no value for the lives of the people who followed him
There were many more things, as well, and the things taken to a general level, were all things Satan himself did or does today.
Anyway... I found that interesting... Now on to Mosiah.
Verses 1 and 2 are the antithesis of pride, to me. These people, as far as I know, weren't vile sinners, but quite the contrary. Yet, they had the "fear of the Lord" come upon them. Why? Because they came to a new, deeper realization of their complete reliance on the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Verse 3 reminds me of the stories of Alma the younger, and Enos. Having received forgiveness of their sins, and indescribably joy.
Verse 9 seems to begin a new train of thought for King Benjamin... Also, verse 5 seems to confirm what I said about verses 1 and 2.
Verses 4-8 tell us that people who feel what those people felt are ready for salvation.
Verses 9 and 10 could easily be made into a poster, and set for all to see. Better advice is not given.
For all of the things which King Benjamin could have said, he sure did devote a lot of time and energy toward our understanding the principle of service and selflessness. He talked about the beggars and serving them for 10+ verses in this chapter alone. Must be important.
This chapter is always a good one to read. Good stuff.