God sends certain people into our lives to help us see the Savior more clearly (Mosiah 14-16). I will refer to these people as “Abinadi’s”. They can be prophets (like the Abinadi in this account), or leaders, or parents, or teachers, or friends, or whomever the Lord chooses. We don’t always appreciate the Abinadi’s God put in our lives. They can make us feel uncomfortable. Sometimes they point out things that we are doing wrong. But God send Abinadi’s into our lives because He loves us and He is trying to save us. Unfortunately many times we ignore the Abinadi’s that God sends. And sometimes we may even burn them! (Mosiah 17) If I could get one message across with this post it would be: DON’T BURN YOUR ABINADI’S! They are your friend, not your foe. We tend to burn our Abinadi’s when we confuse friends with fiends.
President Ezra Taft Benson, then the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, gave a talk entitled, “Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet”. I feel that it is worth reviewing the headings for each of those fundamentals. Those who do not accept these fundamentals will eventually end up burning one of the most important Abinadi’s that the Lord has provided them–the living prophet. He said that, “our salvation depends on them.” King Noah’s certainly did! Here they are:
2. The living prophet is more vital to us than the standard works.
3. The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet.
4. The prophet will never lead the church astray.
5. The prophet is not required to have any particular earthly training or credentials to speak on any subject or act on any matter at any time.
6. The prophet does not have to say “Thus Saith the Lord,” to give us scripture.
7. The prophet tells us what we need to know, not always what we want to know.
8. The prophet is not limited by men’s reasoning.
10. The prophet may advise on civic matters.
11. The two groups who have the greatest difficulty in following the prophet are the proud who are learned and the proud who are rich.
12. The prophet will not necessarily be popular with the world or the worldly.
13. The prophet and his counselors make up the First Presidency—the highest quorum in the Church.
14. The prophet and the presidency—the living prophet and the First Presidency—follow them and be blessed—reject them and suffer.
Fortunately there is ONE who is willing to listen to the Abinadi that God has sent (Mosiah 17:2). His name is Alma (Tomorrow’s post will focus on the importance of this ONE believer). Eventually even King Noah was about to succumb to the preaching of Abinadi, but the wicked priest’s put on the peer pressure and King Noah “was stirred up in anger against him, and he delivered him up that he might be slain.” (Mosiah 17:11-13)
Of major significance is the feigned reason that King Noah and his wicked priests felt justified in slaying Abinadi. He had “said that God himself should come down among the children of men” (Mosiah 17:8) in the previous chapters. He understood that the law of Moses pointed the Christ and he taught it plainly (Mosiah 12:27–13:32; see also 2 Ne. 25:24–30; 3 Ne. 15:1–10; Gal. 3:19–24).
The following illustrations may be helpful in understanding and remembering what Abinadi taught in these chapters.
Sacrifice and Sacrament