Saturday, December 17, 2011

Mosiah 13

1. We continue the Exodus imagery, explicitly comparing Abinadi to Moses.

2. This idea that Abinadi expresses that things that we do now are a "type and a shadow" of things to come is at the heart of the religion of the visionary men.  This is the lesson of the Small Plates of Nephi: they saw the temple rites that they practiced, which are confused and half-reported in the OT, as foreshadowing the Lord's future incarnations and the redemption of Israel.

3. I like that Abinadi describes the law of Moses as a law of "performances".  It makes me think of a play, and the temple ordinances are all -- and were all -- a kind of prophetic theater.  The performances keep people "in remembrance"(cf. Leviticus 24 and Luke 22).

4. This reads like a thumbnail interpretation of the Day of Atonement rite, except possibly the resurrection of the dead reference.  I'll have to think about that one.

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