We’re on a quest to find some cause and effect within the scriptures this week, and I don’t know how successful we will be with this particular chapter, but let’s take a gander and find out.
Mosiah “went and did” as commanded by his father and gathered all of the people. Perhaps this was a cause and effect? Cause: Mosiah told the people to gather Effect: the people gathered. What I really like here in verse 1 though is the where… at the temple.
Verse 2 brings another cause and effect, it states “And there were a great number, even so many that they did not number them; for they had multiplied exceedingly and waxed great in the land.” Cause: they had to have been righteous Effect: they waxed great in the land. We have read many verses that tell us that if we live righteously, we will prosper.
The people gathered for many purposes as stated in verse 4, the first stated though, is the most important, “to give thanks to the Lord their God.” They were also grateful for being safe from their enemies, peace in the land, that their teachers were just men, king Benjamin being a just man for his way of obtaining peace and teaching them the commandments of God. Finishing this verse another cause and effect: Cause: king Benjamin taught them Effect: “they are filled with love towards God and all men.”
Verse 8 Cause: So many gathered that they couldn’t all fit on temple grounds Effect: a tower was erected so everyone could hear king Benjamin speak.
In verse 9 king Benjamin begins his address by saying this: “I have not commanded you to come up hither to trifle with the words which I shall speak, but that you should hearken unto me (a prophet of God), and open your ears that ye may hear, and your hearts that ye may understand, and your minds that the mysteries of God may be unfolded to your view.” He continues in verses 10-15 and shows us how humble he truly is and lets his people know that this is not about himself, and he is no better than anyone else, he has labored along side of them and worked to keep them safe from their enemies, and worked to teach them the ways of the Lord. He has suffered along side his brethren and he has done this throughout his appointment as king so that he can have a clear conscience before God. He was a king with great intention and integrity.
Verse 17 continues with king Benjamin telling the people that he has provided his service to the people that they “may learn wisdom.” Do you know leaders in your life that have this as their driving purpose? And then this famous Latter-day saint scriptural quote at the end of verse 17; oh so true! I love being able to provide service for my fellow man, even if only inside the walls of my home for my family members and know that the service I am doing is in the service of God. What a great feeling! Verse 18 shows us that king Benjamin was leading by example, as all great leaders do.
Verse 19 leads us into king Benjamin teachings us (and his people) about indebtedness. He begins by letting us know that as we serve, we should rejoice and then follows this us with saying; even if you serve, if this is all that you do, you are in some serious hot water. You must keep the commandments above all else and then serve. We are indebted to Jesus Christ for our creation, we are indebted for every little thing that we have and ever will, whether that be a tangible item, a feeling, a thought, and even life.
Verse 22 has another cause and effect, one that we have seen before: Cause: keep his commandments Effect: he doth bless you and prosper you.
Verse 24 Cause and Effect…. Cause: keep the commandments that he requires Effect: Immediate blessings.
Starting in verse 27 king Benjamin shares why he has asked the people to gather: he wants to have a clean conscience before God, he wants to rid himself of the blood of his people, he wants to declare to the people that he will no longer lead them. He follows this in verse 30 by letting the people know that God is supporting him as he speaks to them at this time, as he is very weak and old and ready to die.
Mosiah, the son of Benjamin, is declared to be the new king appointed at the end of verse 30.
Verse 31 brings a great promise to the people of Zarahemla along with a cause and effect. Cause: keep my commandments, the commandments of Benjamin’s fathers, the commandments of God and those commandments of Mosiah given by God. Effect: “ye shall prosper in the land, and your enemies shall have no power over you.” Today, with all that is happening in the world, I wish that I were in Zarahemla for this promise.
Cause and Effect Verse 33: Cause: follow the spirit of the devil and die in sin Effect: eternal damnation.
I’m going to go ahead and jump to verse 41 that shares this (look at the picture.)
And I leave this with you in the name of the Son, the Redeemer and Savior of the world, Amen.