Alma

Alma 34

We’re moving right along this week.  Here is blog number five Alma 34.  Remember to use the substitution method to place yourselves in the scriptures as you study this week.  I’ll see if I can remember to do the same as I write.

Amulek is one of the men that traveled to see the Zoramites with Alma.  As Alma finished teaching about faith, Amulek stands and begins to teach.  If we use substitution in verse two, it may read like this: “My brethren (Samantha), I (Amulek) think that it is impossible that ye (Samantha) should be ignorant of the things which have been spoken concerning the coming of Christ, who is taught by us (Alma and his brethren) to be the Son of God; yea, I (Amulek) know that these things were taught unto you (Samantha) bountifully before your (Samantha’s) dissension from among us (the Nephites).”  Amulek continues to speak to the Zoramites and in verse five, he acknowledges the big question that the Zoramites have in their mind and that is: Is Jesus Christ the son of God and will He be here on the earth?  I truly love Amulek’s answer to this question, and that is “I know that Christ will come and atone for the sins of the world.”  We read in Alma 33 that once your faith grows, it eventually turns into a knowledge…. and with that we can see that at one point Amulek had faith.  He planted his seed of faith and allowed it to grow in such a manner that he now knows without a doubt that the word of the prophets is true and that Jesus Christ will come to the earth.

Amulek continues and gives a great explanation of the atonement.  Verse 10 reads “For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any  manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice.”  Here we learn that only a heavenly being can be that sacrifice.  Nothing of the earth can be an eternal sacrifice, therefore we must have the Son of God in order to have an infinite sacrifice.  Jesus Christ will come and he will not be a mortal being.  He is of a mortal mother and of a Heavenly Father.  His sacrifice, when that time came would pay for all sin that ever happened or ever will happen.  The law of Moses shall cease and there will never be need of sacrifice again on Earth.

Amulek then reminds the Zoramites to pray and pour out their hearts unto God in the Alma 34 32 1name of the Son.  He then teaches of humility and charity.  Verse 32 reads: “For behold, this life is the time for men (Samantha) to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.”  What does this mean for us?  It means that we better do what needs to be done and do it in righteousness in the name of Jesus Christ so that we are ready to meet God when the time comes.  Further, Amulek teaches that we need not put off repentance, for Heavenly Father is aware of our hearts and thoughts, those of us that put off repentance in this life until the last day, will have room to have evil spirits posses us in the next realm.

In closing, Amulek tells us that God shall not dwell in any unclean thing and exhorts us to pray always, have patience and endure to the end.

I leave this wonderful chapter for you to read.  I love Amulek and his teachings.  I love the Book of Mormon and the joy that fills me heart when I get to read it.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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