I was just looking at the timestamp on these chapters, and realized that Amalickiah went from being a Nephite citizen, to the king over the entire Lamanite nation in approximately 1.5 years. How freaking crazy is that?
Also, one thing I failed to mention about chapter 47 is the last verse. A very interesting verse, that is. Once you have the truth and you turn from it, you're likely to become more hardened and wicked than those who never known the truth. Interesting that they use the words "strange to relate", as well.
On to chapter 48.
Two thoughts up till verse 13:
- Seems to me like Amalickiah vs. Moroni could be a type or a shadow of things to come in the future toward the end of the earth. Amalickiah rallying his troops through deceit, fraud and wickedness, just like Satan does, and Moroni causing the people to come closer to God, just like Christ does. Wheat and tares.
- Umm.... I forgot what the 2nd point was. Darnit.
I love these verses
- so much.
Why do I love them? Well, consider their situation. The Lamanites outnumbered the Nephites by a lot. They had a lot of good reasons to put fear in front of faith, and revert to the natural man's way of thinking, to rely on their own strength to save their lives. Yet, they didn't. Their faith was that if they lived righteously, God would do whatever He thought expedient for them, whether that be death, or survival. That takes an extraordinary amount of faith, in my book.... And for some reason, that whole concept resounds within me greatly. Such scriptures as 3 Ne 13:33
put a little more stock into what the Nephites believed.
God ultimately is in control, if we allow him to be. He knows what is going to happen, and he has the power to lead and guide our lives to our own salvation.
Great chapter. (and I didn't even mention the infamous verse 17!)