Go Abinidi! First he goes into hiding for 2 years, then he comes back and preaches again, in disguise (funny thing… Christ came as if in disguise too. His people did not recognize Him. Maybe it was like that for Abinadi). What courage he must have had. He knew they wanted to kill him the last time he preached to them, and they had had 2 years of growing more wicked and hardened. I wonder if the Lord let Abinidi know of his fate beforehand. I think so. Christ knew what He was ask to do and what the end would be. Since Abinadi is a “type” or a “shadow” of Christ, I believe he knew too. My admiration for Abinadi’s example grows as I think of his story in this way. His courage to obey, even knowing the outcome, is inspiring.
If I was told that I would die if I went forth preaching, would I still do it? It's easy to say 'of course I would,' but I do honestly hope I truly would.
The verse that stood out to me was verse 27: "...ye have no applied your hears to understanding..."
But Abinadi does understand! He knows the scriptures; he has applied the principles found in the scriptures and planted them deep into his heart.
It's one thing to read and memorize, but it's another thing entirely to understand, comprehend then actually live it and teach it to others.
As a seminary teacher, I have certainly learned the truthfulness of this principle. One must apply the scriptures to truly understand them.
What did you think/learn today?