Tue - May 18, 2010 : 03:13 pm
Helaman : 13
Okay.. I've never thought of this before, but, how convenient do you think it was for Samuel to climb up on a wall, built around a city most likely to keep people out? Yeah, I don't think it could have been that easy. How often do we find any reason at all to get out of doing what God wants us to do? Well, God told Samuel he needed to preach repentance to the people. The people didn't let him in the city, so what did he do? He climbed the friggin' city wall.
Having an attitude of "God's will must be completed, whatever the cost" is probably the right attitude to have. The story of Nephi getting the plates of Laban comes to mind, as well. Nephi ran against 3 or 4 potentially lethal roadblocks, yet he knew the will of the Lord needed to be done, and even when he had no idea how it was to be done, he did it anyway. Man, I could really be better about having that attitude.
When I read things like this, in verse 10, "Yea, I will visit them in my fierce anger..." I imagine that to be fairly severe. With God being who God is, I imagine He has no need to exaggerate, or embellish his intentions. If He uses the word "fierce anger", that's most likely what it will be. (and in this case, it turns out to be true, in that hundreds of thousands of Nephites are killed in the last battles of the Book of Mormon. That's a pretty good description of "fierce anger" to me.)
Interesting that a person can have his or her destruction sealed to them during this life. At least that's what the last verses of this chapter seem to say to me. Man, that would be horrible.
That's about it for this chapter...