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"Yea, if the Lord saith unto us go, we will go," Alma 27:1-14

Alma 27:1-14

When I am struggling to find meaning in a particular passage of scripture, I will look for what that set of scriptures are teaching me about God. Here, when a critical decision needed to be made regarding the safety and welfare of the Ammonite converts, the king asks of Ammon to inquire of the Lord.

Here is an interesting thing, because the will of the Lord was essentially the same as Ammon's desire for the people. However, the word of the Lord that came to Ammon allowed for greater depth and understanding. It wasn't just, "yeah, he said yes." Rather, the word of the Lord to Ammon gave explanation and reason for their needed departure plus some behind-the-scenes perspective on what was happening in spiritual terms:
Get this people out of this land, that they perish not; for Satan has great hold on the hearts of the Amalekites, who do stir up the Lamanites to anger against their brethren to slay them; therefore get thee out of this land; and blessed are this people in this generation, for I will preserve them. (vs 12)
The word of the Lord revealed Satan and his work of darkness among the Amalekites  to Ammon and the king. Yes, Ammon and the king could have just gone on without the Lord's help or perspective. However the king, demonstrating the depth of his conversion to the Lord, will not proceed without the direction/guidance from the word of the Lord.

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