I have written quite a bit about this chapter during previous years' studies
. To begin, I noticed this time that it is by the "spirit of prophecy
" that Zeezrom's thoughts are made known to Alma and Amulek.
I also noticed that during the buffeting these prophets delivered to Zeezrom, not one attack was personal. They were simply letting everyone know that the devil had a stranglehold on them. I think that's important to integrate into our lives. Attack the sin, not the sinner.
It's also great to note the change which came over Zeezrom in verse 8 when he went from doubting and asking to deceive to sincerely questioning the prophets about the doctrine. Huge difference between the two
Continuing on, I can't imagine the impossible guilt Zeezrom must have been feeling. Pretty much every verse in this chapter has to do with sin and the effects thereof. Ouch.
Verse 21 is an example of twisting a scripture to mean what you want it to mean. What a horribly elementary way to read that verse. Who knows, maybe that was the extent of their understanding. Maybe not.
Here's a thought regarding verse 30. Verse 30 states that the Lord "...made known unto them the plan of redemption, which had been prepared from the foundation of the world; and this he made known unto them according to their faith and repentance and their holy works.
" Well... This was before parents could teach their kids. This was among the very first generation(s) of the earth. So... My question is:
If in the beginning, people found out about the plan of salvation according to their "faith and repentance and their holy works", why isn't that so today, or is it? I mean, I was born into a family who taught me the principles of Christ's Gospel long before I could even make a choice on my own. Maybe that part has to do with the pre-earth life... Not sure, but the question came to mind for a reason.
Great chapter. It seems like I get something new from it every time I read it.