In this chapter, Mormon (our narrator) shows the Amulonites and the people of Ammonihah reaping what they’ve sown.
First, the people of Ammonihah
Remember earlier in Alma (chapters 8-16) when Alma was sent to preach to the people of Ammonihah? They were super hard-hearted people, who burned the believers, jailed Alma and Amulek, and finally cast them out, refusing to believe in the words of a prophet that they needed to repent or their city would be destroyed.
This chapter is going to fill in the holes of why that city was destroyed (in Alma 16). The enemy Lamanites who didn’t join Ammon and Lamoni’s people are angry because of how they’ve killed their unarmed brethren, the Anti-Nephi-Lehies. They are still worked up because of their Amulonite leaders (the posterity of the wicked priests of King Noah years before), but they don’t want to kill any more of their people, even if they don’t believe as they do.
So, these angry, riled-up Lamanites leave the Anti-Nephi-Lehies and those of their men who have joined them, and they march into the borders of the Nephite lands and wipe out the city of Ammonihah in one swell swoop. Alma had prophesied that this would happen if the people didn’t repent, and they had mocked him, saying their city was too great to ever be destroyed.
And yet, it was!
Life is fragile, especially for the prideful. Things we feel our powerful and can’t be brought down, can be. Very quickly. (Example, look how fast the Corona virus brought the world to its feet, and especially the U.S. We have been prideful, and God doesn’t reward pride with any good thing. Ammonihah was proof. There have been countless other nations throughout history that have fallen because of their pride.
The only way to be truly strong is to humble ourselves and turn to God. Completely. Not just half-way. We have to be all into humility and repentance, to prove we have chosen God, not the world.
Now, the Amulonites
Now, we see what the wicked priests of King Noah and their descendants reap for their evil choices. After Ammonihah is destroyed, many more battles take place between the Lamanites and Nephites, and many Lamanites are killed
And among the Lamanites who were slain were almost all the seed of Amulon and his brethren, who were the priests of Noah, and they were slain by the hands of the Nephites.”Alma 25:4
The Amulonites who escape death by battle, usurp power over the other Lamanites and burn many of those that believe in Jesus Christ.
Now this martyrdom caused that many of their brethren should be stirred up to anger; and there began to be contention in the wilderness; and the Lamanites began to hunt the seed of Amulon and his brethren and began to slay them; and they fled into the east wilderness.
And behold they are hunted at this day by the Lamanites. Thus the words of Abinadi were brought to pass…”Alma 25:8-9
Abinadi suffered death by fire, and many other believers after him suffered death by fire, but in the end, the Amulonites were hunted down and destroyed, according to his prophecy.
After the Amulonites are hunted down and destroyed, many of the Lamanites join their converted brethren in the land of Ishmael.
And they did also bury their weapons of war, according as their brethren had, and they began to be a righteous people; and they did walk in the ways of the Lord, and did observe to keep his commandments and his statutes.”Alma 25:14
At this time, they’re still keeping the law of Moses and “they did look forward to the coming of Christ, considering that the law of Moses was a type of his coming, and believing that they must keep those outward performances until the time that he should be revealed unto them.” (15) The Mosaic law “did serve to strengthen their faith in Christ…” (16)
They now reap the rewards of righteousness as their hearts are changed and they come to know their Savior Jesus Christ deeply.
What seeds am I sowing today?
Are they good seeds of love, kindness, wisdom, faith, and repentance?
Or do I sow pride, selfishness, ignorance, doubt, and discord?
We sow what we reap. Make sure to plant good seeds in your life and in the lives of those around you.