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- XVIII -
Abinadi

One Week of Studies
  1. Recite Mosiah 4:30.
    Read Mosiah 11:1-19.
    • Who do you think might have recorded the events in this chapter? As you read this chapter, compare king Noah with King Benjamin. Notice how a good or bad leader can influence the people. See Mosiah chapters 1-5 for comparison.
    • Verse 15: A wine-bibber is a drunkard.
    • Verse 19: Whenever people become lifted up on pride, they become ready to fall. How sad that they were happy to shed blood.
    • Verse 21: Abinadi said they will become slaves to the Lamanites unless they repent.
    • Verse 24: What does this verse mean?
    • Verse 26: The wicked take the truth to be hard.
    • Verse 27 & 28: King Noah said that Abinadi is bad and should be killed. What other people do you know of that have had similar judgements?
    • Verse 29: The people loved their sins more than they loved the Lord.


  2. Recite Mosiah 3:19.
    Read Mosiah 12:1-16.
    • Verse 14: Sinning was such a part of their society, that they no longer thought that there’s anything wrong with it. Even today, people have the feeling that if so many people are doing it, then it can’t be wrong.


  3. Recite Mosiah 2:17.
    Read Mosiah 12:17-37.
    • Verse 18: It seems like the priests were telling the king what to think and do.
    • Verse 19: The priests wanted to trick Abinadi into saying something that they could punish him for. The priests probably considered themselves as very knowledgeable on the scriptures, so perhaps this is supposed to be some kind of test for Abinadi.
    • Verses 20-24: The priests quote Isaiah and ask Abinadi to tell them what it means.
    • Verse 25: Indeed, these men were set apart to be religious leaders and teachers of the people, but instead they led the people in wickedness.
    • Verse 27: Abinadi said, “Ye have not applied your hearts to understanding”. What does that mean? When you don’t understand something in the scriptures, so you apply your heart to understanding?
    • Verses 28-33: It sounds like Abinadi is using the truth to catch the priests in their lies.
    • Verses 35 & 36: Abinadi starts reciting the Ten Commandments to the priests. Compare these verses to Exodus 20:3 –4.


  4. Recite Mosiah 4:30.
    Read Mosiah 13.
    • Verse 10: Abinadi knew that whatever the king did to Abinadi would later be done to the king.
    • Verse 11: What does it mean to have the commandments written in your heart?
    • Verses 12-24: Here are the rest of the Ten Commandments. This is almost exactly the same wording we have in the Bible. Compare these verses to Exodus 20:4-17. Do you think the priests might have been breaking some of the commandments? Do you obey all these commandments?
    • Verse 24: When you feel like it’s no fair that someone has something that you want, you are coveting. Be careful. Coveting can lead to greater sins.


  5. Recite Mosiah 2:17.
    Read Mosiah 14.
    • Now Abinadi reads Isaiah. You can compare this chapter to Isaiah 53. Who is this chapter talking about? Why do you think Abinadi chose this particular chapter to read?


  6. Recite Mosiah 3:19.
    Read Mosiah 15:1-18.
    • Verses 1-4: This may seem confusing or even contrary to what we know of the Godhead. The priests understood “God”, but they didn’t understand the role of the Savior. By describing the Savior in this way, the priests could understand the nature of the Father, as they are one in purpose.
    • Verses 11-18: These verses answer the question that the priests asked back in chapter 12, verses 20-24.


  7. Recite Mosiah 4:30.
    Read Mosiah 15:18-31.
    • Verse 26: Abinadi warned them that since they know the commandments but don’t keep them, they have willfully rebelled against God. You are also in rebellion against God if there are some things that you know you’re doing wrong and you don’t repent.
    • Verses 29-31: Abinadi is quoting Isaiah again.



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