Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - Alma 47

Alma 47 is an interesting story… Amalickiah follows the same path that Lucifer did:

46:4 He wanted to be king – Satan “I will exalt my throne above the stars of God" (2 Nephi 24:13).

46:3 He was angry with his brethren – Satan was angry and “rebelled against the Only Begotten Son" (D&C 76:25).

46:5 Led many away by flattery – Satan uses flattery as His number 1 tool. Others he flattereth away" (2 Nephi 28:22).

46:10 Sought to destroy the church of God, and the foundation of liberty – Satan - "Sought to destroy the agency of man" (Moses 4:3).

46:10 Was cast out – Satan was cast out, "and, at that day, many followed after him" (Abraham 3:28).

46:10 “Did care not for the blood of his people" (Alma 49:10). Satan “will not support his children at the last day" (Alma 30:60).

47:4 Desired to do evil – Satan desires to do evil and desires that we join him.

47:12 Used trickery by degrees – Satan uses little lies to ensnare us… one step at a time. He lies!

47:18 Poisoned by degrees – Satan doesn’t turn you all at once. He slowly turns your heart as he carefully hardens your heart.

48:4 Was determined to bring people into bondage – Satan wishes the same for us… “Grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance" (2 Nephi 28:22).

I really have to think hard when it comes to verse 10… What a great symbol! “coming down to the foot of the mount” can symbolize coming down or lowering our standards. What happened when Lehonti finally did come down? He died! He was safe as long as he was up on the mountain. We are safe when we stick to our standards. If we give in, even an inch, we are no longer safe.

Amalickiah was one of the most dangerous enemies of righteousness in the Book of Mormon. His tactics were cunningness, deception, flattery, lies and murder. The Lamanites didn't even know what hit them. Satan used these same tactics with us today. He tells us all is well. He leads us away by degrees, justifying small omissions in obedience and worship.

When I understand his tactics, I can build up my own defenses.

What did you learn today?

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