Tue - Apr 07, 2009 : 04:09 pm
Alma : 19
One thing that comes to mind while reading the first verses of this chapter is, "If I were a queen, and my servants brought me my unconscious husband, I'd immediately want to know who did it." - and Ammon did it. That doesn't make much sense to me. Obviously the times of the Book of Mormon were , uh, different, so that could easily account for the insanity.
Verse 10: "And Ammon said unto her: Blessed art thou because of thy exceeding faith; I say unto thee, woman, there has not been such great faith among all the people of the Nephites."
That is a great illustration of the relative nature of faith. That such a simple gesture of "believing", something which many, many, many people already do, could be considered such great faith in this circumstance, is wonderful. Same as the principle of the widow's mite. Giving so little, yet giving more than anyone else ever could. Just another wonderful reminder that it really is not in our best interest to judge, or even compare our lives with anyone elses, because the majority of the meters by which we will be measured are based entirely upon a personalized measuring system held by God - and no one else.
Okay... I got side-tracked. I'll continue this later on today.
Continuing on (now 04-08.2009)..
Verse 17 causes me to wonder. Nothing against Abish, but why would one think that seeing approximately 5 people fallen to the earth (one being a Nephite) could cause people to believe in God? Not sure about that one. I'd be scared to death of people assuming they were hurt, and in the case of two of the fallen people being your king and queen, possibly starting riots. Mobocracy has a mind of its own.
Interesting that, in verse 27, some of them got it right, although it seems that in thinking so, they just got all the more frustrated.
Verse 29 in Abishes redemption. Thank heavens she had the guts to do something like that - even after another guy had been struck dead for going near Ammon.
Okay, okay... Verse 31 basically says that if Abish wouldn't have gone and got the people around the scene in the King's palace, none of them would have been converted so soon. All of them that heard King Lamoni's testimony after being raised up by his wife believed his words. So, I guess I was a bit harsh on Abish.
Verse 30: Interesting that the Queen evidently spoke in tongues for a bit after having been brought back to consciousness. I wonder what that is for. Nobody else can understand it... Hmmm.... Maybe a language better suited for giving praise and worshipping? I'd be interested to know.