Sun - Mar 22, 2009 : 12:15 pm
Alma : 15
How in the world do you do what Alma and Amulek did in verse 2? Honestly, I don't know. Also, another perspective is - how in the world do you take what Alma and Amulek just said? It'd have to be something like, "Yeah, we were just in Ammonihah, after you guys were thrown out, and we had to endure watching the kings and priests throwing your wives and children into an inferno. It's all good, though, God decided to kill them all by crushing them in the jail."
I realize I'm probably trivializing what may been the actual dialog, but holy cow, the men in Sidom must have had to have some serious faith. Chances are, if Alma hadn't come back into the city, they would still be alive. That's a double-edged sword, though. Because even though they would have been alive, chances are they'd be living in sin.
Ya know... In my previous study's writing, I said that it was probable that Amulek's wife and children were among those who were thrown into the fire. Two verses in chapter 15 make this all the more probable. Verse 16 states that Amulek's father was among the disbelievers, and rejected Amulek. Verse 18 states that after establishing a church in Sidom, Alma took Amulek to Zarahemla, to his house, to administer to him in his tribulations. I believe that if Amulek had any family at all, instead of going with Alma to his house, he probably would have gone to see his own family. The tribulations spoken of are most likely those of having lost his whole family. What faith he must have had in God and what Alma taught him, yet at the same time, what a tragedy.