I was listening to the scriptures this morning while traveling to the gym to go swimming. I was listening to Alma 10-13 in the Book of Mormon. And I was struck by a Alma 12:26 where Alma and Amulek are contending with a man named Zeezrom. He is asking them questions to try and twist their words to keep the people from paying attention to them.
26 And now behold, if it were possible that our first parents could have gone forth and partaken of the tree of life they would have been forever miserable, having no preparatory state; and thus the plan of redemption would have been frustrated, and the word of God would have been void, taking none effect. [Alma 12:26]
The part that caught me was were he said “..the word of God would have been void..” That started me thinking. If Adam and Eve would of not taken the fruit, then the word of God would of been void. I then thought about another scripture I heard in the previous chapter.
34 And Zeezrom said again: Shall he save his people in their sins? And Amulek answered and said unto him: I say unto you he shall not, for it is impossible for him to deny his word. [Alma 11:34]
The Lord can’t deny his word, and it is talked as if it is a living thing. ie, you can make it void. I then found this scripture from Paul in 1st Timothy.
11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. [1 Timothy 1:11]
Paul talks about how the word or gospel has been committed to his trust. Almost like it is an object, instead of an idea or writing. I then started to think about how valuable this object would be. It is something that if God can’t deny, it can be committed to someones trust.
I think we have lost the meaning of someones word in the modern world. There was a time when business was done with a handshake and someones word was good enough to bring peace to another.
36 Now we were desirous that he should tarry with us for this cause, that the Jews might not know concerning our flight into the wilderness, lest they should pursue us and destroy us.
37 And it came to pass that when Zoram had made an oath unto us, our fears did cease concerning him. [1 Nephi 4:36-37]
Nephi was put a peace (his fears did cease) because Zoram gave him his word and made an oath to him and his brothers.
I am also reminded of the story of the Anti-Nephi-Lehi people. They lost many of their lives to the sword, but did not defend themselves with weapons “..and they would not take up arms, yea, they had entered into a covenant and they would not break it..” [Alma 43:11
] They were willing to die because of their word or oath they gave to God.
Is your word or oath something that people trust and feel at peace when you give it to them, or is your word something that is always being questioned or does not give peace to others.
We are suppose to strive to be God like in everything we do. Is your word as binding to you and gives comfort to others like Gods word does?