Monday, September 3, 2012

Grasping the Word

I also taught the Elders yesterday.  Here's that lesson outline:

The Iron Rod
  • is the “word of God”, which leads to the tree (1 Nephi 11:25)
  • iron rod leads along strait and narrow path to the tree; catch hold, cling, hold fast: 1 Nephi 8:19-20, 24, 30

Is There A Rod in the Worship of the Shalems?
  • the shepherd has one: Psalm 23:4

Is the “word of God” the same as the “Word”?
  • John 1:1-12
  • vv.11-12 “received” is two different verbs; 2nd verb should be “grasped”
  • those who grasp the Word become the sons of God

The Brother of Jared at the Veil
  • Ether 3:1 they called the mount Shelem
  • Ether 3:6-16 veil removed, sees finger (hand), enters presence, become sons and daughters

Sermon on the Mount Revisited
  • Matthew 5:9: promised to become a child
  • Matthew 5:43-45: urged to behave worthily of being a child
  • Matthew 7:7-11: you are a child, asking for the heavenly gift

Grasping and Entering Imagery Elsewhere
  • Helaman 3:28-30 is Mormon’s commentary: lay hold on the word, strait and narrow course, kingdom of heaven
  • Moroni 7:3-4, mixed audience
  • 7:5 (cf. Matthew 7:15-20) Mormon is quoting from the Worship of the Shalems to cue in those who have ears to hear
  • 7:6-10 evil man gives an evil gift (cf. Matthew 5:21-24, Shalems bring their gift to the altar)
  • 7:12 all good things come from God
  • 7:22 good things come from God, in Christ: this is the doctrine of ministering angels
  • 7:19 lay hold of good things, become a child of Christ

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