Friday, November 6, 2009

Alma 7

There is prophecy, and then there is prophecy. According to Alma,

7 . . .there be many things to come; and behold, there is one thing which is of more importance than they all—for behold, the time is not far distant that the Redeemer liveth and cometh among his people.

In our day, the prophecies of his second coming are just as important.
 
I'm grateful that the Savior has the power to heal and bless. His love for us is limitless, and his ability to aid those in need is boundless. Alma put it this way:
 
11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and aafflictions and btemptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will ctake upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

12 And he will take upon him adeath, that he may bloose 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 csuccor his people according to their infirmities.

13 Now the Spirit aknoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the bflesh that he might ctake 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.

Alma gives another admonition that intrigues me.
 
15 Yea, I say unto you come and fear not, and lay aside every sin, which easily doth beset you, which doth bind you down to destruction
 
Beset means to attack from all sides, trouble persistently, harass, hem in, and surround. Some sins just seem to stay with us. Satan knows our weaknesses and seeks to hem us in so that we feel there is no escape. But the Savior has promised safety in him. Paul wrote to the saints at Corinth:
 
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

1 comment:

Patsy's Daughter said...

loved this post. you never cease to look into my thoughts and discuss them here.