Old Testament
Lesson 14
“Ye Shall Be a Peculiar Treasure unto Me”


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will encourage us to partake of the Lord’s spiritual water and bread, sustain his chosen leaders, and obey his commandments so he can make of them a "holy nation" (Exodus 19:6).

Scripture references for study:  Exodus 15–20; Exodus 32–34
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The Lord Provides For The Children of Israel

  1. As discussed in Lesson 13, after the tenth plague, Pharaoh released the children of Israel and they were led by Moses to the shores of the Red Sea.
  2. READ EXODUS 15:22-24.
  3. Moses must have been a man of infinite patience.
  4. WHAT DID THE LORD DO ABOUT THE LACK OF FOOD?
  5. READ EXODUS 17:3-4. Israel murmurs again.

A Battle With The Amalekites - Sustaining The Prophet

  1. Moses sent Joshua out to lead the fight against Amalek (see Exodus 17).
  2. Moses went upon a hill to observe the battle.
  3. While a counselor to President Joseph Fielding Smith, President Harold B. Lee made the following statement:  "I think that is the role President Tanner and I have to fulfill. The hands of President Smith may grow weary. They may tend to droop at times because of his heavy responsibilities, but as we uphold his hands, and as we lead under his direction, by his side, the gates of hell will not prevail against you and against Israel. Your safety and ours depends upon whether or not we follow the ones whom the Lord has placed to preside over his church. He knows whom he wants to preside over his church, and he will make no mistake.... Let's keep our eye on the President of the Church and uphold his hands as President Tanner and I will continue to do." (CR, Oct 1970)
  4. ARE WE INVOLVED IN SPIRITUAL BATTLES TODAY? WHAT KINDS?
  5. HOW DOES SUSTAINING THE PROPHET HELP US PREVAIL IN THESE BATTLES?
  6. Jethro (Moses father-in-law) brought Moses' wife and two sons to him in the wilderness.

The Ten Commandments

  1. Israel arrives at Mt. Sinai three months after leaving Egypt.
  2. The Lord reveals his basic commandments to Israel, the Ten Commandments. (see Exodus 20:1-17)
  3. "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. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die." (Exodus 20:18-19)
  4. The Importance of these great commandments.
  5. We, as members of the Church, pride ourselves on keeping these basic commandments. But are we as faithful as we ought to be?
  6. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR US TO REVERENCE THE SABBATH DAY?
  7. READ EXODUS 20:12-17.
  8. Most of the Ten Commandments are listed as things we should not do.

The Law Of Moses

  1. After the Lord delivered the Ten Commandments the people said, "Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let no God speak with us, lest we die." (Exodus 20:19)
  2. The Lord said to Moses, "Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them." (Exodus 21:1)
  3. READ EXODUS 32:1. Like children, Israel grows restless waiting for the return of Moses.
  4. The sin of Israel.
  5. READ EXODUS 32:7-10. Up on the mountain, the Lord informs Moses of Israel's activities. Moses pleaded with God to be lenient and not destroy Israel. (Exodus 32:11-13)
  6. Moses picked up Joshua and headed down the mountain.
  7. READ EXODUS 32:26. Who is on the Lord's side.
  8. Moses returned to the Lord and pleaded for the people and asked the Lord to destroy him if he would not forgive the people. (Exodus 32:31-32)
  9. READ EXODUS 34:1-3. Moses was commanded to hew new tablets which the Lord would write upon.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

  1. The Lord referred to Israel as "a stiffnecked people." In what ways are we sometimes stiffnecked? What are some common reactions of stiffnecked people when they are counseled by Church leaders? What is often the fate of stiffnecked people?
  2. Record your thoughts on the actions of the children of Israel. Consider their murmuring against the Lord every time they faced a challenge. How would you act in such a situation? What are the consequences of impatience with the Lord?


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