Thu - Sep 25, 2008 : 02:05 pm
Mosiah : 15
Ya know... After reading this through, with the previous chapters I've read in mind, I think I'm understanding a bit more about what Abinadi is talking about.
The wicked priests quote him the scripture in Isaiah which says that prophets are supposed to proclaim peace in order to basically tell Abinadi off, because he was definitely not proclaiming peace to them in their wickedness.
The beginning of this chapter starts off by Abinadi telling the priests and Noah about Jesus Christ, and explaining to them bits about him being the Father and the Son (not quite sure why he goes into the depth he does about this), and then by telling them that prophets proclaim peace because of Jesus Christ and his atonement, thereby redeeming all men and giving them the chance to inherit the Kingdom of God.
I'm not sure why I didn't catch that all the other times I've read this chapter. I probably didn't because all of that stuff is masked in the stunning doctrine given in verses like verse 9, where mercy, justice, and Christ's atonement are summed up in ways no other scripture does.
Yeah... I'd say this chapter is amazing.
Continuing on, after he tells them why prophets declare glad tidings of great joy, he tells them in a nutshell why he himself isn't declaring such things to them, in no uncertain terms at all.
I'm anxious to see what chapter 16 says...
I find it fairly amazing that Abinadi has the wherewithall to say all of this. Man... What a doctrinally profound speech given while in chains, and most likely awaiting death to a people who wanted to kill him.
Yeah... Abinadi is right up there with the best of em'.