The popular Zoramites are “angry because of the word, for it did destroy their craft; therefore they would not hearken unto the words.” (3) These rich and popular people pull a sneaky trick. They gather the people and find out their opinion of Alma and his brethren’s words
…and it came to pass that after they had found out the minds of the people, those who were in favor of the words which had been spoken by Alma and his brethren were cast out of the land;”Alma 35:6
This was definitely a breach of religious freedom and shows how wickedness always chips away and undermines freedom of conscience and worship.
The Ammonites take the refugees in and minister to them, demonstrating their Christlike love. This angers the Zoramites. Their wicked leader demands that the Ammonites cast the believing Zoramites from their land and breathes out threatenings against them.
And now the people of Ammon did not fear their words; therefore they did not cast them out, but they did receive all the poor of the Zoramites that came over unto them, and did clothe them and did give unto them lands for their inheritance; and they did administer unto them according to their wants.”Alma 35:9
Christlike people take in refugees and minister to their basic needs. I believe a country will always be blessed for siding on mercy’s side when it comes to taking care of others. They will be prospered for doing what Christ has asked us to do—feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, ministering to the poor and needy. When we only use justice to keep people like this out, I do not feel God will bless us as a nation.
Do I help the poor and needy that I know or come in contact with?
The wicked Zoramites mix with the Lamanites and stir them up to war against the Ammonites and Nephites. This ends the 17th year of the reign of the judges. The next year begins a mighty battle against the Lamanites and Nephites, where the Nephites are protecting the Ammonites because they will not lift up arms against their enemies.
Alma sorrows for the wickedness of the people: “and seeing that the hearts of the people began to wax hard, and that they began to be offended because of the strictness of the word, his heart was exceedingly sorrowful.” (15)
Am I ever offended because of the strictness of God’s words? How can I be more humble and charitable in my life?
He gathers his sons that he might give them charge concerning the things pertaining to righteousness…which leads us into the next few chapters and posts.