Mon - Aug 03, 2009 : 09:29 pm
Alma : 37
Man... I'm tired... I've got to see what I can make out of chapter 37 because I told myself today I would read and write about it. So here goes.
The first thing that comes to mind is that the popular verse 6 seems to come out of thin-air. The verse before it talks about the plates of brass retaining their "brightness", but it doesn't really explain too well. After reading verses 6-9, I guess it's talking about the fact that keeping the records might seem like a small and trivial thing to Helaman (total supposition), Alma wanted Helaman to understand that the purpose behind the plates would be of great value.
Interesting that the phrase "one eternal round" is used 5 times throughout scripture. Seems in all the references that the phrase means to "never change". Interesting...
Just to put even a finer point on it, seems that Alma didn't tell Helman enough that if he kept God's commandments, he would prosper in the land - because he told him again, for the third time in the same sermon, in verse 13.
Great example of "the knowledge of sin might lead to its commission", in verses 27-30 of this chapter. Better off not knowing the secret combinations of Satan.
I love the analogy of Christ and the Liahona. The simple analogies make it easier for people to grasp the teachings of Jesus and follow Him.
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