Their money system is explained. This part of verse 4 jumped out at me.
“…for they did not reckon after the manner of the Jews who were at Jerusalem; neither did they measure after the manner of the Jews; but they altered their reckoning and their measure, according to the minds and circumstances of the people, in every generation…” (4)
This is talking about money, but a law system can be like this, too. Each generation changes in their worldviews and circumstances. The Founding Fathers of the United States of America didn’t have computers or nuclear bombs and stuff to help them or make them worry back in their day. We don’t have slaves in our days, like they did in theirs.
History changes line upon line. So does our spiritual history and circumstances. It makes sense then, that we can’t always use the same tactics or practices for our whole lives.
Change is always happening to us and around us. It makes sense that we have to adjust our methods for changing times.
When I think of how to apply this scripture to my life, I think about how my family is always changing—kids growing up, financial status moving up or down, health fluctuating, relationships growing or decaying. I need the Spirit with me always to help me alter what I do to teach, protect, or nurture my family. What worked for one kid with parenting might have to change with another. If I am willing to adjust my tactics when the Spirit whispers to do so, my family will be safe and thrive. So will I.
Now back to the narrative. The Nephite system is explained, how judges and lawyers received money for their time. This society has become wicked, so the lawyers actually stirred people up to rioting and other disturbances in order to bill more hours and become filthy rich. (20)
Now Zeezrom was a man who was expert in the devices of the devil, that he might destroy that which was good;”Alma 11:21
That is the devil’s whole goal—to debase and shatter and break anything that is good, or from God.
Zeezrom shows Amulek six onties of silver—which is a TON of money—and tells him he will give it to him if he denies “the existence of a Supreme God.” (22)
Amulek is not in the least bit impressed or swayed. He calls him a “child of hell” (23) and goes on to spiritually slam him.
Believest thou that there is no God? I say unto you, Nay, thou knowest that there is a God, but thou lovest that lucre more than him.”Alma 11:24
This shows what the love of riches can do to a person—canker and rot their soul.
Amulek reveals Zeezrom’s wicked desires—he wouldn’t have given him the money even if he had denied God, which he didn’t. Zeezrom keeps questioning and twisting his answers until he condemns him to the crowd for preaching the true gospel plan and true nature of the Godhead.
Amulek calls him out on his lies, saying God cannot save man IN their sins. He bears strong and mighty testimony of Jesus Christ.
In the last chapter, we learned that Amulek hadn’t stepped up to the plate the other times he was called by God and would not hear, but maybe those times were preparing him for this one moment. Because he hits a home run this time, bearing powerful witness of his Savior.
And he shall come into the world to redeem his people; and he shall take upon him the transgressions of those who believe on his name; and these are they that shall have eternal life, and salvation cometh to none else.”Alma 11:40
He tells Zeezrom that all men and women shall be raised from temporal death, but only the righteous will be redeemed. At the judgment day, “every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body, and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil.” (44)
He clearly and plainly testifies of the divine nature of the Godhead here, and Zeezrom is astonished by his words “and began to tremble.” (46) Something is happening inside his deceived mind and heart. Change.
What kind of change is happening in my life right now? Is it good change or bad change? Is it leading me toward God or away from Him? Is this change strengthening my testimony of Jesus Christ or whittling it away?
Change is always happening. We must take care to alter our choices and actions in a way to promote the good kind of change that will draw us closer to our Savior and course correct when negative change happens that pulls us away from Him.