Good morning readers! If it’s your Spring Break, I do hope that you’re enjoying it. There is flooding about 15 miles to the east of where I live and I know that there are those out there that have been evacuated and are definitely going through some turbulent times. Please, add them to your prayers.
As we dig in to Mormon 4, please be looking for those eternal truths and doctrinal law so that you can better understand what it is that Heavenly Father has laid out for us.
Verse 5 seems to hold the first eternal truth that I see, and I really like the verse in its entirety: “But, behold, the judgements of God will overtake the wicked; and it is by the wicked that the wicked are punished; for it is the wicked that stir up the hearts of the children of men unto bloodshed.” Isn’t that just simple eternal truth?
Thousands upon thousands of men are slain in this battle over land. Over and over again the Lamanites and the Nephites fight with one another for power and control. And they are without God. They kill one another, this is so sad. If you were Mormon and a man of God, watching this atrocity, would you not be filled with sorrow?
Jumping down to verse 21, could you imagine watching your family be given as a sacrifice to an idol? I can’t imagine these horrific acts, yet alone have to stand by and watch as one of my loved ones is slain, and to an idol nevertheless.
As this chapter closes, Mormon tells us that he flees to go and retrieve the records from the hill Shim where Ammaron had hid them according the Heavenly Fathers direction, as the Nephites are about to be “swept off by them even as a dew before the sun.”
As for the “purpose” for the picture today… I just found it fitting. If we understand the doctrine and principle that we are being taught by reading and studying of the wicked ways of men in the past, we should learn more fully how to behave appropriately in this day.
I leave this sorrowful chapter with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.