After a lot of mental anguish, hard physical work, and preaching, King Benjamin succeeded in getting his people to choose the right. And he had continual peace for the remainder of his days. Not only was Benjamin a mighty physical and spiritual leader, but a mighty father to his sons—Mosiah, Helorum, and Helaman.
“He caused that they should be taught in all the language of his fathers, that thereby they might become men of understanding; and that they might know concerning the prophecies which had been spoken by the mouths of their fathers, which were delivered them by the hand of the Lord.” (2)
Righteous parents who help their children become men and women of understanding by teaching them of God are the greatest blessing to the next generation.
He teaches them that their records have saved them from spiritual ignorance, teaching them the mysteries of God and of their spiritual history. Lehi couldn’t have remembered all the things of God to teach them to his children, unless he’d had the brass plates and other records to read from to remember and to pass down this knowledge through the generations.
Remembering is so important. So is reading!
I say unto you, my sons, were it not for these things, which have been kept and preserved by the hand of God, that we might read and understand of his mysteries, and have his commandments always before our eyes, that even our fathers would have dwindled in unbelief, and we should have been like unto our brethren, the Lamanites, who know nothing concerning these things, or even do not believe them when they are taught them, because of the traditions of their fathers, which are not correct.” (5)
He pleads with them to “remember to search them diligently, that ye may profit thereby;” (7)
We must search God’s words to profit from them.
God yearns to edify, enlighten, inspire, comfort, heal and teach us…but He will never force those things upon us. They are treasures buried within the holy scriptures He has blessed us with…and we must be treasure seekers.
- How badly do I want the treasure within the scriptures?
- What am I willing to do to find and hear Him through reading those holy pages?
Using treasure we find
After we search and receive, Benjamin tells us we must ACT. When we act in faith, God blesses us. He is supremely generous and full of grace and always keeps His promises.
Finding buried treasures in the scriptures—personal guide maps for our lives—will do us no good if we don’t use them for good—blessings others, building God’s kingdom on earth, and other ways He might inspire us to spend our spiritual treasure
The good thing about spiritual treasure is it never runs out when we use it for good. It multiplies. God’s treasures only run out if we hoard them to ourselves.
Name of names
Benjamin is old and knows it’s time to confer the kingdom onto one of his sons. Mosiah is chosen. King Benjamin tells him to gather the people, so he can proclaim him to be the new king.
Also, he wants to “give this people a name, that thereby they may be distinguished above all the people which the Lord God hath brought out of the land of Jerusalem; and this I do because they have been a diligent people in keeping the commandments of the Lord.” (11)
Diligent means characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic or painstaking effort.
- Am I diligent, like Benjamin’s people, in following Christ?
- Am I steady, earnest, and energetic in doing His will?
- Do I make painstaking effort to please the Lord?
And I give unto them a name that never shall be blotted out, except it be through transgression.”Mosiah 1:12
This name is Christ.
Mosiah wants his people to become a covenant-keeping people, by taking upon them the name of Christ. Christ’s name will never be blotted out except through sin.
We can have this same name upon us—Christ’s!—never to be blotted out, when we are baptized and then weekly partake of the sacrament to remember those covenants with Him—to take His name upon us, to always remember Him, and to keep His commandments.
Mosiah tells his people that if they keep the commandments, they shall be made strong in the Lord and He will preserve and save them from their enemies.
Same for us. If we do the Lord’s will and keep our covenants with Him, He will protect us from our enemies and make us strong. His strength will become ours.
When we don’t keep this covenant, we “become weak like unto their brethren; and he will no more preserve them by his matchless and marvelous power.” (13)