Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2011, August 17

“Book of Mormon | “Remember the Captivity of Thy Fathers” (Mosiah 27:16)—and Alma Obeys” by grego

Book of Mormon | “Remember the Captivity of Thy Fathers” (Mosiah 27:16)—and Alma Obeys

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Alma the younger receives this message from an angel of God:
Mosiah 27:16 Now I say unto thee: Go, and remember the captivity of thy fathers in the land of Helam, and in the land of Nephi; and remember how great things he has done for them; for they were in bondage, and he has delivered them. And now I say unto thee, Alma, go thy way, and seek to destroy the church no more, that their prayers may be answered, and this even if thou wilt of thyself be cast off.
17 And now it came to pass that these were the last words which the angel spake unto Alma, and he departed.

And he does:
Alma 5:6 And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, you that belong to this church, have you sufficiently retained in remembrance the captivity of your fathers? Yea, and have you sufficiently retained in remembrance his mercy and long-suffering towards them? And moreover, have ye sufficiently retained in remembrance that he has delivered their souls from hell?

Alma 29:11 Yea, and I also remember the captivity of my fathers; for I surely do know that the Lord did deliver them out of bondage, and by this did establish his church; yea, the Lord God, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, did deliver them out of bondage.

Alma 29:12 Yea, I have always remembered the captivity of my fathers; and that same God who delivered them out of the hands of the Egyptians did deliver them out of bondage.

Alma 36:2 I would that ye should do as I have done, in remembering the captivity of our fathers; for they were in bondage, and none could deliver them except it was the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he surely did deliver them in their afflictions.

Alma 36:28 And I know that he will raise me up at the last day, to dwell with him in glory; yea, and I will praise him forever, for he has brought our fathers out of Egypt, and he has swallowed up the Egyptians in the Red Sea; and he led them by his power into the promised land; yea, and he has delivered them out of bondage and captivity from time to time.

Alma 36:29 Yea, and he has also brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem; and he has also, by his everlasting power, delivered them out of bondage and captivity, from time to time even down to the present day; and I have always retained in remembrance their captivity; yea, and ye also ought to retain in remembrance, as I have done, their captivity.

Alma 60:20 Have ye forgotten the commandments of the Lord your God? Yea, have ye forgotten the captivity of our fathers? Have ye forgotten the many times we have been delivered out of the hands of our enemies?

One more little thing for Joseph Smith to remember and include correctly, critics? ;)

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2 Comments »

  1. What’s interesting is how often captivity comes up. It’s all over the Nephi chapters as well. So a critic could just say it’s a common theme that JS put in. But I think it’s more like a common theme of the BoM and our lives. We are all in captivity to one degree or another and the only thing that frees us is the atonement.

    Comment by chris — 2011, August 17 @ 2:03 pm

  2. Chris,
    Yes, it is a common theme–in fact, I believe “deliverance” (from captivity) is the main theme of the Book of Mormon, and it runs all throughout the Book of Mormon; and like you said, it’s through the atonement (even the physical deliverances). It is also a special message to Alma that does affect his life and his teachings, and it is in there. For the critics, that’s one more thing out of many more that Joseph Smith remembered and kept abreast of; one more internal consistency.

    Comment by grego — 2011, August 17 @ 11:57 pm


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