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Ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me…
How to identify groups of saints Class of 10 year old girls- A giggle of girls A tent full of Boy Scouts? A smell of scouts Grandmothers with photos? A pride of Grandmas Many grandfathers? A grump of grandpas High Priests meeting? A snooze of High Priests Classroom full of 2 year olds? A tantrum of toddlers Dinner with the full time missionaries A starve of Elders More than two patriarchs A tribe of patriarchs
Brother Robert Millet "As has been observed before, it was one thing to get Israel out of Egypt, and another thing entirely to get Egypt out of Israel! Indeed, the compelling drama of the deliverance, exodus, and wanderings of Israel proved to be a tragedy, a story of lost opportunities--a saga of things as they might have been."
During Times of Trial Trial Depressed and Murmur Humble and Teachable ?
Exodus 14 8 And Pharaoh hardened his heart and he pursued after the children of Israel: 10 ¶ And… the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. 11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? 12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.
Children of Israel Murmured: Before they were delivered from Egypt Before the dividing of the Red Sea Before getting water from the rock Before receiving manna After receiving manna!
President David O. McKay Let us watch ourselves and be true to the examples set by the Church and the brethren and sisters who have sacrificed their lives, their all, to build the Church and to advance the principles taught therein. This warning is sometimes expressed in this way: 'Speak not against the authorities.' What does it mean. Be not a murmurer; that is what it means. It is one of the most poisonous things that can be introduced into the home of a Latter-day Saint-- this murmuring against presidents of stakes, high councilors, Sunday school superintendents, presidents of high-priests' quorums, seventies, elders, priests, teachers and deacons.... and yet because of his weakness, because, perhaps, of some little fault that we see in an officer, we begin to murmur and find fault. Better stop murmuring, and build up. Remember that one of the worst means of tearing down an individual is slander. It is one of the most poisonous weapons that the evil one uses. Backbiting and evil speaking, throw us into the class of malefactors rather than the class of benefactors." (CR, Apr 1909, p67)
Elder Maxwell For us, as laborers in the Lord's vineyard, to murmur over life's inequities is, Jesus indicated, "to murmur against the goodman of the house" (Matthew 20:11). The goodness of the Lord of the house is attested to in many ways, yet as guests many of us still murmur about present accommodations… As in the case of the episode of the golden calf, the view from the desert floor is very different from that atop Mount Sinai. Perspective makes such an enormous difference.
The Lord’s Response to Israel’s murmuring? Exodus 19:3 And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; 4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself. 5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
What was Moses trying to do at Sinai? D&C Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest. 22 For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live. 23 Now this Moses plainly taught to the children of Israel in the wilderness, and sought diligently to sanctify his people that they might behold the face of God;
What happened at Sinai? People agree to be “kingdom of priests (Ex 19:6,8) God reveals “Ten Commandments” and directions for the Tabernacle in the wilderness (Ex 20-23) Moses writes these words and teaches the people (Ex 24:3) Moses builds an alter and 12 pillars Moses performs sacrifices Moses reads “book of covenants” Israel responds with “all that the Lord hath said will we do and be obedient.” (Ex 24:7) 1 st Presidency and Quorum of the Seventy see God (Ex 24:10)
The Tabernacle In the Wilderness Outer Court (Israel) Holy Place (Priests) Holy of Holies (High Priest) Traditional Mt. Sinai Outer Court (Israel) (Israel) Holy Place (Priests) Holy of Holies (Moses) 18 ¶ And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. 19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
What happened at Sinai? People agree to be “kingdom of priests (Ex 19:6,8) God reveals “Ten Commandments” and directions for the Tabernacle in the wilderness (Ex 20-23) Moses writes these words and teaches the people (Ex 24:3) Moses builds an alter and 12 pillars Moses performs sacrifices Moses reads “book of covenants” Israel responds with “all that the Lord hath said will we do and be obedient.” (Ex 24:7) 1 st Presidency and Quorum of the Seventy see God (Ex 24:10) Moses goes back up for 40 days to receive instruction on how to bring them into the presence of God (The Temple) The Lord writes this instruction on “two tables of testimony” (Ex 31:18) Aaron persuaded to build golden calf (Ex 32) Moses acts as intermediary between Israel and God (Ex 34:9) Then, the “carnal commandments” or Law of Moses, were given
Exodus 34 Joseph Smith Translation "And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two other tables of stone, like unto the first, and I will write upon them also, the words of the law, according as they were written at the first on the tables which thou brakest; but it shall not be according to the first, for I will take away the priesthood out of their midst; therefore my holy order, and the ordinances thereof, shall not go before them; for my presence shall not go up in their midst, lest I destroy them. But I will give unto them the law as at the first, but it shall be after the law of a carnal commandment; for I have sworn in my wrath, that they shall not enter into my presence, into my rest, in the days of their pilgrimage.
Sec 84 Continues 25 Therefore, he took Moses out of their midst, and the Holy Priesthood also; 26 And the lesser priesthood continued, which priesthood holdeth the key of the ministering of angels and the preparatory gospel; 27 Which gospel is 1) the gospel of repentance 2) and of baptism, 3) and the remission of sins, 4) and the law of carnal commandments, which the Lord in his wrath caused to continue with the house of Aaron among the children of Israel until John
Question What things might we miss out on, simply because we’re not willing to “wait on the Lord?”