Amalickiah understood the importance of deceiving the people or gaining their favor in order to complete he power grab. How different this is from King Benjamin, who also required a lifetime of work to pursue the opposite direction. King Benjamin was not a power grab, but rather a humble acknowledgement of duty that won the hearts of his people.
Amalickiah is self-imploding on a macro-scale.
Why do we need the Gospel of Jesus Christ? To prevent a people from being deceived as were the Lamanites. Without the protections afforded a believing people, wickedness can so easily encroach upon a society and deceive the whole body.
Woe unto you, when all amen shall speak bwell of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. Luke 6:26
Two thoughts impress me as I read this account this morning:
First, it was via his spirit that Jesus was able perceive the thoughts of others. I don’t understand exactly how that is done, but I do understand that is done by the power of the Spirit.
Second, Christ came to heal sinners. So he did this by being with them. He wasn’t afraid to sit down and be with them. This is the Christ that I follow.
Moroni animó a los de pueblo a hacer convenio para mantener sus derechos y religión, con el fin de que el Señor los bendijera. O sea, el Señor puede bendecir mejor los que mantengan la libertad, sus derechos y religión.
Moroni entendió la fuente y la razón por la libertad que había extendido a los Nefitas.
Fue –la bendición que Dios había enviado sobre la faz de la tierra por el bien de los justos.– (vs. 10) Al leer esto, me hace reflexionar como antes ellos tuvieron un rey. Esta nueva forma de gobierno, dio más libertad a los justos. Moroni entendió que este fue una bendición de Dios.
También pudo ver la gran necesidad de implorar a Dios para la preservación de las bendiciones que habían recibidos como pueblo.
Mas tú, cuando ores, entra en tu aposento, y cerrada tu puerta, ora a tu Padre que está en secreto; y tu Padre, que ve en lo secreto, te recompensará en público. Mateo 6:6
Los que estaban irritado por la predicación de la palabra de Dios se organizaba de acuerdo con su ira. Me parece un poco curioso este punto que se distinguiera por su ira.
The bulk of these verses talks about the peaceful passing of many with their faith firmly intact. There is an interesting side thought that gives insights into how it was that so many died of just old age. (vs. 41)
Verse 40 talks about how because of the “many plants and roots which God had prepared to remove the cause of diseases,” there were fewer that perished because of fevers or illness.
18 Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart;Doctrine and Covenants 59:18-20
19 Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul.
20 And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion.
Captain Moroni, through very deliberate action against those that sought to alter the free government of the people, was able to maintain peace. He rallied the people to arms. He actively went after those who sought to destroy their government. He saw the disadvantage that it would be to lose the Amalikiahites to the Lamanites. He put to death those dissenters who would not enter into a covenant of peace.
Faith is action.
Moroni is angry with Amalickiah. Is this a justified angry? It seems to be. If justified, then upon what principles of understanding or knowledge does Moroni take action. In other words, upon what principles does Moroni place his faith (faith unto action)?
Anger is often the result of fear. Fear and faith cannot exist in the same being at the same time. If not fear, than can anger be unto faith? Or can one become angry because of their faith? This is what Moroni seems to be doing. But anger often results in lamentable or regrettable actions. Perhaps only when anger is a result of fear, not faith. A righteous indignation, or anger can produce dramatic or caustic results.
A Title of Liberty
So Moroni rents his coat and lists upon the things that are of most importance to him:
- Our God
- Our religion
- Our peace
- Our wives
- Our children
These are the things that Moroni saw as being threatened by the usurpation of Amalickiah: Faith and Family. He’s not concerned with prominence , power, property, or other possessions.
The same word of God was preached among all the people of Nephi. Yet for some, this resulted in deep division, feelings of hatred to the point of bitter resentment and rebellion. I appreciate that it says that they rebelled against their brethren. These were family bonds being broken, and that hurts.
I’ve slowly read through this chapter again this morning. It has been a healing balm to my wounded soul. I failed in previous readings to realized that the bulk of this chapter is an angelic communication straight from the realms of glory of the presence of the Lord.
This is the doctrine of the Father: that we believe in Christ, that we have some understanding of the Atoning sacrifice that He performed, that we repent and have faith on Christ.