Notes for my writing

This blog is made up of notes on the gospel as found in the only true and living church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes notes that are either excerpts from or ideas for books I either have in draft or may yet write.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The type of Israel entering the promised land.

I remember one interesting note from Joseph Fielding McConkies book of Mormon class. He recalled that the Israelites left Egypt and crossed the Red Sea on dry ground. They then wander 40 years in the wilderness. This typifies leaving the world, being baptized, and following the prophet in our days of testing. He then made an insightful addition. He explained that as the Israelites gained a new leader, Joshua, and entered the promised land crossing the Jordan river on dry ground, so also we follow the prophet until Christ takes us through the veil and then we take him on as our leader instead.

He pointed out that Jesus was actually just the Aramaic form of the name Joshua.

I find that extremely insightful. It lends meaning to Christ's discussion in John 14 and the D&C clarification on that discussion.

Obviously some will object because there are any number of weirdos that make claims about visions. But such individuals are just one of the adversary's tools to harden our hearts against the doctrine of revelation found in the scriptures. Only those with the keys can give instruction by revelation. You can pass on anyone else who wants to tell you about, or hint about, their own grand manifestations as a fraud.

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