Just so you know, I mean the wicked priests of wicked King Noah. What on earth was their problem???
Abinadi delivers this amazing message of hope and peace – Christ. And they get angry.
“And because he said unto them that Christ was the God, the Father of all things, and said that he should take upon him the image of man, and it should be the image after which man was created in the beginning; or in other words, he said that man was created after the image of God, and that God should come down among the children of men, and take upon him flesh and blood, and go forth upon the face of the earth—
And now, because he said this, they did put him to death; and many more things did they do which brought down the wrath of God upon them. Therefore, who wondereth that they are in bondage, and that they are smitten with sore afflictions?” – Mosiah 7:27-28
Okay. So Abinadi also testifies of their wickedness – which might not have been the most peaceful, fuzzy prophecy. But he teaches them why they need to put off wickedness and be righteous. He teaches them that Christ will come to earth. These are the “glad tidings of great joy.”
And how do they respond? They twist his words and burn him at the stake. I can’t help but wonder, what was their problem???
I suppose I can guess, though. These priests didn’t want the hope of Christ. They didn’t want to hear about redemption and salvation. They wanted to keep sinning. The message of the gospel only offers hope and peace to the repentant. To the unrepentant, the gospel of Christ threatens their rebellious lifestyle.
So, they don’t feel peace when they hear the gospel message because they can’t feel peace. They are angry. They are guilt-ridden and miserable.
To get out of the pain of their guilt, they choose not to repent, but to continue on living their lie by destroying anything that threatens to expose it. So, they kill Abinadi. Of course, this doesn’t change the facts. They are still sinning. They are still sewing the seeds of their own misery and destruction. Even with Abinadi gone, they are still miserable and angry.