Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, August 27

“Book of Mormon: Related Imagery: ‘Separate’; ‘Come/ depart’; ‘Touch/ touch not’; ‘Clean/ unclean'” by grego

“Book of Mormon: Related Imagery: ‘Separate’; ‘Come/ depart’; ‘Touch/ touch not’; ‘Clean/ unclean'”

grego
(c) 2010

After reading the article entitled “Sacred Space” at http://www.believeallthings.com/articles/sacred-space/ (part of which is here at the bottom of this post), I was thinking about finding references to sacred space in the Book of Mormon. I didn’t find what I thought I would have found; but the few things I did dig up, were very interesting: the words “come/ depart”; “touch/ touch not”; “separate”; “clean/ unclean” and their uses in the Book of Mormon.

The wicked separate themselves from the righteous, the Lord separates the righteous from the wicked by having them depart; come to the Lord, depart from evil; the wicked will depart from the Lord; the wicked die if they touch the righteous at specific times (Nephi, Abinadi, Alma and Amulek); the Lord touches things for good reasons (the disciples, the 16 stones); the righteous are not to touch evil things; be ye clean; nothing unclean can dwell with God; etc. Do a search on those words at http://www.lds.com, and note the uses. It’s quite a looping journey of imagery.

Here are just a few verses that I started with:
Mosiah 16:12 Having gone according to their own carnal wills and desires; having never called upon the Lord while the arms of mercy were extended towards them; for the arms of mercy were extended towards them, and they would not; they being warned of their iniquities and yet they would not depart from them; and they were commanded to repent and yet they would not repent.

1 Nephi 15:28 And I said unto them that it was an awful gulf, which separated the wicked from the tree of life, and also from the saints of God.

Mosiah 26:27 And then I will confess unto them that I never knew them; and they shall depart into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Alma 5:57 And now I say unto you, all you that are desirous to follow the voice of the good shepherd, come ye out from the wicked, and be ye separate, and touch not their unclean things; and behold, their names shall be blotted out, that the names of the wicked shall not be numbered among the names of the righteous, that the word of God may be fulfilled, which saith: The names of the wicked shall not be mingled with the names of my people;

Alma 30:59 And it came to pass that as he went forth among the people, yea, among a people who had separated themselves from the Nephites and called themselves Zoramites, being led by a man whose name was Zoram—and as he went forth amongst them, behold, he was run upon and trodden down, even until he was dead.
Alma 31:2 For it was the cause of great sorrow to Alma to know of iniquity among his people; therefore his heart was exceedingly sorrowful because of the separation of the Zoramites from the Nephites.

3 Nephi 14:23 And then will I profess unto them: I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

3 Nephi 15:19-20 But, verily, I say unto you that the Father hath commanded me, and I tell it unto you, that ye were separated from among them because of their iniquity; therefore it is because of their iniquity that they know not of you.
20 And verily, I say unto you again that the other tribes hath the Father separated from them; and it is because of their iniquity that they know not of them.

3 Nephi 20:36 And then shall be brought to pass that which is written: Awake, awake again, and put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city, for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.
37 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, sit down, O Jerusalem; loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
40 And then shall they say: How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings unto them, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings unto them of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion: Thy God reigneth!
41 And then shall a cry go forth: Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch not that which is unclean; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord.

Mormon 9:28 Be wise in the days of your probation; strip yourselves of all uncleanness; ask not, that ye may consume it on your lusts, but ask with a firmness unshaken, that ye will yield to no temptation, but that ye will serve the true and living God.

Moroni 10:30 And again I would exhort you that ye would come unto Christ, and lay hold upon every good gift, and touch not the evil gift, nor the unclean thing.

2 Comments »

  1. Halo. Can you show us where is found: “the wicked die if they touch the righteous at specific times (Nephi, Abinadi, Alma and Amulek)” in scripture.

    Comment by Mr. Bellfroy — 2018, February 17 @ 1:03 am

  2. Sure, hopefully an article soon.

    Comment by grego — 2018, February 17 @ 3:59 am


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