Pearls of Wisdom
040 - Mosiah 12 - Garment in a Hot Fire
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016 - MOSIAH 12 - Garment in a Hot Furnace
Adam, there is way too much cool stuff in this chapter. Abinidi is one of my greatest heroes in the Book of Mormon because he knows the wickedness of the people, that he has no chance to save them (or at least very little), that he is going to die in the Lord's service, yet he is still willing to go forth and do as he has been commanded.
You remember king Noah. He was a great man to his wicked followers. We know that Satan does not ultimately support those who choose his ways. And the Lord says this...
3 And it shall come to pass that the life of king Noah shall be valued even as a garment in a hot furnace; for he shall know that I am the Lord.
This verse just plain awesome!
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There is no doubt as to why it is all occurring to them. They have nobody to blame but themselves...
7 And they shall be smitten with a great pestilence—and all this will I do because of their iniquities and abominations.
And look closely at the sentence structure used in verse 8 when the Lord says.... "that I may discover them..."
8 And it shall come to pass that except they repent I will utterly destroy them from off the face of the earth; yet they shall leave a record behind them, and I will preserve them for other nations which shall possess the land; yea, even this will I do that I may discover the abominations of this people to other nations. And many things did Abinadi prophesy against this people.
I don't think I have seen the word "howl" used in the scriptures before...
4 And it shall come to pass that I will smite this my people with sore afflictions, yea, with famine and with pestilence; and I will cause that they shall howl all the day long.
By the way, do you know where these verses quoted by the wicked priest are found in the Bible?...
21 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings; that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good; that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth;
22 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing; for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord shall bring again Zion;
23 Break forth into joy; sing together ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem;
24 The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God?
And then comes the bold statement by Abinidi that reveals the pathway to becoming like the wicked priests of Noah. And have we ever been guilty of falling into these traps ourselves...
29 And again he said unto them: If ye teach the law of Moses why do ye not keep it? Why do ye set your hearts upon riches? Why do ye commit whoredoms and spend your strength with harlots, yea, and cause this people to commit sin, that the Lord has cause to send me to prophesy against this people, yea, even a great evil against this people?
- Break the commandments
- And then drag others down with us
Hopefully, we can learn from Abinidi and change our ways to His ways.
Make it a great day!