Monday, August 18, 2014

Mosiah 13

In the preceding chapter, the priests of Noah indicated that they taught the people the law of Moses, for that is the way salvation comes (this despite the teaching of Nephi 100 years earlier to their ancestors that salvation is only in Christ – see 2 Nephi 25:24 – 27).  In this chapter, after Abinadi reads the Ten Commandments to his audience, he begins to testify of Christ.  In verse 28 he teaches that salvation does not come by the law alone.  And “were it not for the atonement,” he testified, the people “must unavoidably perish, notwithstanding the law of Moses.”  In verse 32 he explains “there could not any man be saved except it were through the redemption of God.”  Abinadi then points out that not only did Moses prophesy of the coming of the Lord, but all the prophets have “spoken more or less concerning these things” (v. 33).   He then describes Christ’s mission 148 years before Jesus was born:  “God himself should come down… and take upon him the form of man, and go forth in mighty power upon the face of the earth…he should bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, and…he himself should be oppressed and afflicted” (v. 34 – 35).  As the Savior is the main focus of Abinadi’s teachings, so He should be the main focus of our study and teaching.
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