Tue - Sep 30, 2008 : 02:29 pm
Mosiah : 18 - 20
I read Mosiah 18 yesterday and found that due to the mindset I'm having now of an overall perspective, it was hard to get into all the details of what Alma was saying. This is a great chapter for new members, or people who are trying to understand baptism.
One question I have always had with this scripture is, "Where did Alma get the authority to baptise?" I know he had it because of verse 13, but I'd like to know from where it came.
Amazing that, according to chapter 19, no more than 25 years, but no less than 3, King Noah was burned alive. I wonder what, perhaps, might have been going through his mind as he was bound and burned? I guess if you mess with God's prophets, you mess with God's wrath.
The rest of chapter 19, to me, is just historical stuff. Must have really, really sucked to be the priests of King Noah in their later years.
Seems to me that chapter 20 is also a historical account, but holy cow, man... Kidnapping young girls and dragging them off into the wilderness really lets us know what type of people these priests were (if there wasn't already enough evidence). For some reason, that really strikes a chord in me. I'm don't know how I would treat a man who had kidnapped my little girl. I really don't.
Anyway... I'm rambling.
One note of interest: Compare Limhi's treatment of the king of the Lamanites (who was trying to kill Limhi and his people), with Noah's treatment of Abinadi (who was trying to save them).