Old Testament
Lesson 17
“Beware Lest Thou Forget”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will encourage us to (1) remember the Lord and the covenants we have made with him and (2) create an environment that will help us do so.

Scripture references for study:  Deuteronomy 6; Deuteronomy 8; Deuteronomy 11; Deuteronomy 32
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Resource notes: Click on links for expanded information.

Lesson 17 Handout (PDF format)

The Book Of Deuteronomy

  1. Contents:  Three sermons or discourses given by Moses prior to his departure from Israel in which he summarized the Mosaic code. At this time Israel was camped in Moab, across the Jordan from the promised land. Joshua would soon lead them in their battle against the Canaanites to possess the promised land.
  2. Imagine the setting for this event:
  3. It is significant that the essence of Moses' message was not only applicable to the ancient Hebrew tribes, but to the people of God in all ages.
  4. The book of Deuteronomy contains Moses' last words to the Israelites.

Instructions To The Israelites To Help Them Remember Their Covenants

  1. READ DEUTERONOMY 6:1-5. Moses instructs the people to keep the commandments.
  2. READ DEUTERONOMY 6:6-7. Teach and talk of the commandments.

Israelites Counseled to Obey God's Commandments & Remember Him

  1. READ DEUTERONOMY 8:2-10. Israel humbled in the desert.
  2. READ DEUTERONOMY 8:11, 18-20. Israel commanded to remember the Lord.

Israelites Counseled To Be Mindful Of The Rock Of Their Salvation

  2. Moses said, that "their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges" (v31).
  4. Resource Note 2.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

  1. We face great challenges in this life. We are fighting the flow of current thought and action. As President Benson stated, we should have homes that reflect Christ by the pictures on the walls, by the music in the air, and by our words and deeds. Such a sanctuary reminds us of the importance of our covenants, the gospel plan, and the Rock of our salvation. It is only by building the foundation of our lives upon the Rock, Jesus Christ, that we can endure to the end and achieve our eternal reward. There is no other way.
  2. Record your thoughts on Moses' sermon to the ancient Israelites. What are you doing to better remember the Rock of your salvation? What things can you do to strengthen your commitment to Christ and better remember him and his blessings.

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