This is the last chapter for the week. What good tidings does Alma 7 have to share with us?
I honestly think that this was my favorite chapter to study for the week. Many of the previous chapters have really had some saddening news in them. We have seen people have their names blotted out due to transgressions, we have seen others be lead away by an anti-Christ, we have has two prophets die; but here, we find good tidings. Alma is among the people in the valley of Gideon and he shares great information and testimony with them. Alma tells the people that he has great joy in finding that they are living righteously and that the Spirit spoke to him to let him know that his feelings and beliefs were accurate.
Next we learn from Alma of his testimony of the birth of the Savior. He tells of Mary being a virgin and Christ being conceived by the Holy Ghost and that he will be the Son of God. He continues in verse 11-13 saying: “And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the paints and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.” I particularly like these verses because they explain the purpose of Christ’s life and death upon the cross very plainly and clear.
This chapter closes with Alma praising the people for their good works and reminding them to continue to do so by saying: “And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gently; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive/ And see that ye have faith, hope, charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.” (v 23-24) It makes my heart smile to know that I have faith and hope. I have charity, but I’m not always great at displaying it, and I have been working on this diligently. That being said, these thoughts fill my heart with warmth knowing that I am doing okay on my pathway to His kingdom.
I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.