Wed - Jan 14, 2009 : 04:41 pm
Alma : 9
Okay... I remember having read this awhile ago and cross-referencing Alma 16:10 about the destruction of the city of Ammonihah in one day, but I didn't remember that it wasn't a prophet who said that. It was one of the non-believers. One of the people who was trying to refute what Alma was talking about up and said, "yo, dude... We believe the nonsense you're shoveling out now about as much as if you told us this whole city could be destroyed in one day". Now how does that work? Was it a coincidence? Is God trying to slip in some doctrine about digging your own grave? Not sure... I do find it quite interesting, however. Maybe Alma, just before getting this retort, told them that their city would be destroyed in one day if they didn't repent. That would probably make more sense. Anyway... I've belabored this point ad-nauseum.
Verses 19-23 are a great illustration of the principle found in D&C 82:3 - "where much is given, much is required." - The Nephites were given much more than the Lamanites. I find myself thinking of the many, many blessings I've received from the hand of the Lord, and how little I give back. I really need to do better.
Very interesting that verse 33 doesn't go into details on how Alma persuaded the mob to not throw him into prison... Probably a very interesting story - especially since Amulek pretty much picks up right where Alma left off.