Serpent

Aug 27, 2018
12 min read
 

The Serpent and the Liahona: Look and Live

Note the serpent on the side of this artistic depiction of the Liahona.

I have compiled a list of parallel themes between Moses’ serpent and Lehi’s Liahona that occur in Alma 33:19-23 and Alma 37:38-47. I’ve been studying this for a little while now trying to figure out how many of these parallels there, what this might mean, and how I might explain it.

After staring at a marked-up comparison between these two sets of scriptures for some time, I thought I’d go through each theme, write some ideas, and then include excerpts from the scriptures. This turned out to be a worthwhile way for me to explore these various themes and I have each of them here to share.

Type

The serpent and the Liahona were both considered to be a type; that which represents something else or a figure of something to come. This means that God caused them to be used for at least two reasons: 1. to solve an immediate problem and 2. to illustrate a greater meaning and truth. Alma is going to explain the details of all this for us.

Serpent – Alma 33 Liahona – Alma 37
…a type was raised up…(vs.19) …is there not a type in this thing? (vs.45)

Read Full Post

Go to Comments
0 Comments