This week in our review of the Book of Mormon we’ll look at chapters 31 to 35. Our focus will be on chapter 32 where Alma lays out a process to come to a knowledge of the truth. The primary theme that we see in chapter 32 is the concept of experimenting on the God’s Word to come to a knowledge of the truth. One of the ideas we see here in Alma 32 is that when we receive a blessing or a fruit for living the Commandments it is a confirmation that we have received truth from God. But as we will see, positive things that happen in our lives do not always come from God.
The Process of Experimenting with God’s Word
When we look at the process of experimenting with God’s Word that Alma sets out in chapter 32 to find truth, it looks like this.
When we look at this process of experimenting on the Word, we can reduce it down to five key elements.
Experimenting on the Law
We can now apply this process of experimentation of God’s Law-Word in the Torah.
Attributing Blessings to God
One of the points that John Rushdoony makes in his exhaustive treatise of biblical law – The Institutes of Biblical Law -is that blessings can only be attributed to God when we live His Law. Another commentator who echos the same concept said - There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated— And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.
That being said, positive events that happen in our lives can be attributed as good fortune or worldly skill or cleverness, which might be called as the “survival of the fittest” These types of positive events cannot be associated with blessings of God unless we are living the laws of God.
When we look at the Law in the Torah, God promises blessings of temporal salvation that we see in Deu 28. Moreover, God promises the companionship of the Spirit as we live His commandments.
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