Thu - Oct 02, 2008 : 05:41 pm
Ya know... This time around with this chapter was filled with little tid-bits of inspiration. I don't remember this chapter being so filled with doctrine, but I'll do my best to write down what I thought about as I read the chapter.
The first verse which caught my attention was verse 4. The people of Limhi were, by and large, a God-loving people who did their best to keep the commandments. Yet, Abinadi had said what he had said, and it needed to be fulfilled - so despite their repentance, they were still afflicted with the persecutions of the Lamanites. I found this interesting due to the general acceptance of the thought, "That isn't fair!". God never said he was a fair God, but he definitely is a just and perfect God. What God says, God does.
Verse 10 caught my attention due to the current economic situation of the USA. It's easy to see how a "fear" can "come upon" a people. When people realize that they aren't "all that and a bag of chips", and things go terribly wrong, fear can easily be one result. Hopefully I'll never experience that feeling.
Verse 15 says that God didn't think it was good to deliver them out of their afflictions, just yet. I guess all things in God's time, eh'? I'm sort of caught in a dichotomy because I don't think this people were all that wicked. Maybe they were. But if not, then God was slow to hear their cries due to the wickedness of their past? Interesting...
Verse 17 is one of the first verses I've ever read (this time) which reminds me of a socialistic approach to government. The government demanded people help the widows - because they weren't able to do it themselves. I guess that's one of the few cases, in my opinion, that a "government program" can actually do some good. Yet, the church has always taught that we need to be mindful of the less fortunate - for sure.
Man... One more thing that would cause fear to set in even more, is that when the small party that Limhi sent to find the people of Zarahemla - they came back having found a land full of bones. Man.. Imagine the fear upon believing that your whole nation had been killed, and that you were the last of your people - and currently surrounded by people who were your enemies. Wow... Yeah, I'd be scared in that scenario.
Anyway... Great chapter. Gotta run.