Sat - Jul 11, 2009 : 01:01 pm
Alma : 34
I read Alma 34 two days ago, and haven't written about it. I hate it when I don't have time to write about the scriptures when I read them, because each time I read them, I feel something different about different portions of the scripture. Ah, well.. I'll read it again and see what happens this time.
Right out of the gate, Amulek makes no beans about what the Zoramites should already know. No beating around the bush here. "I think that it is impossible that ye should be ignorant of the things which have been spoken concerning the coming of Christ..."
He then goes on to validate what Alma told them in chapter 32.
I love verses 15 and 16. They explain the the overcoming of the dilemma of having both mercy and justice, better than I've heard anywhere in scripture. Only those who take advantage of the Atonement of Jesus Christ by having faith unto repentance can overcome the bounds of justice and take hold of the mercy afforded us.
Man, chapter 34 rocks. The drill-down into prayer seems to be overflowing with what Alma and Amulek have said to the Zoramites. I guess they needed to hear something about prayer. Verses 17-27 are wonderful. Might reference 2nd Nephi 32:8-9 here. Some things in the Gospel require a certain level of worthiness. Praying with real intent is never wrong, never unworthily performed, and is always available to everyone as a means to communicate with God.
Gotta remember charity, too.
"...therefore, if ye will repent and harden not your hearts, immediately shall the great paln of redemption be brought about unto you." - what a comforting scripture. God, I imagine, is as anxious as a loving father for all of us to be brought back into his presence. As soon as one of His children shows signs of true repentance, I imagine him doing nothing short of immediately taking the prodigal up in His arms and showering him or her with His love.
Hmm.... Verses 33-35 have found quite some controversy through my life. The question is simply, "Does repentance exist in the afterlife?" I believe that for some, it does. But, I believe that the aforementioned verses have a pretty straightforward voice for the fact that for some others, it does not.
Verses 37 through 41 is as good an exortation to repentance for those who have sinned as any I've seen anywhere.
*great* chapter! Glad I read it again.