Alma 12/13/14 themes


Scripture:

12:21 Antionah asks “what does the scripture mean, which saith…”

13:1 “I would that ye should remember that the Lord God ordained priests” (can’t literally remember the event; must refer to event as recorded in their scriptures)

13:20 “Behold the scriptures are before you; if ye will wrest them it shall be to your own destruction.”

14:1 “many of them did believe on his words, and began to repent, and to search the scriptures”

14:8 “and they also brought forth their records which contained the holy scriptures, and cast them into the fire also”

Faith/repentance/holy works/state to act

12:30 “and this he made known unto them according to their faith and repentance and their holy works.”

12:31 “being placed in a state to act according to their wills and pleasures, whether to do evil or to do good–“

12:32 “God gave unto them commandments…that they should no do evil”

13:3 “on account of their exceeding faith and good works”

13:3 “in the first place being left to choose good or evil; therefore they having chosen good, and exercising exceeding great faith”

13:10 “and it was on account of their exceeding faith and repentance, and their righteousness before God, they choosing to repent and work righteousness rather than to perish”

13:18 “Melchizedek having exercised mighty faith, and received the office of high priesthood according to the holy order of God, did preach repentance unto his people…”

Commandments:

12:31 “he gave commandments unto men, they having first transgressed the first commandments…”

12:32 “Therefore God gave unto them commandments, after having made known unto them the plan of redemption, that they should not do evil”

12:37 “that we provoke not the Lord our God to pull down his wrath upon us in these his second commandments”

13:1 “to the time when the Lord God gave these commandments unto his children” / “ordained priests…to teach these things” (=commandments?)

13:6 “called…ordained…to teach his commandments”

Angels:

12:21 “God placed cherubim and a flaming sword on the east of the garden of Eden”

12:19 “he sent angels to converse with them, who caused men to behold of his glory”

13:22 “and the voice of the Lord, by the mouth of angels, doth declare it unto all nations”

13:24 “angels are declaring it unto many at this time in our land”

13:25 “we only wait to hear the joyful news declared unto us by the mouth of angles, of his coming”

13:26 “And it shall be made known unto just and holy men, by the mouth of angels, at the time of his coming”

Foreknowledge

13:3 “being called and prepared from the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God”

13:7 “this high priesthood…being without beginning of days or end of years, being prepared from eternity to all eternity, according to his foreknowledge of all things”

(also maybe talk of prepared and plans, such as 12:30,33, 13:3, 13:5)

-Not really a theme per se, but it would be curious to look at this whole story as Alma subtly trying to say that their leaders are oppressing them in the way they are teaching the people. Note that the leaders seem to be using the scriptures to teach (12:21) but by 14:8 the leaders are burning the scriptures. A scripturally literate people seem to be a threat to their leadership. Or you could say that the power of interpretation of scripture is on display here!

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