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Abram about to be offered up as a sacrifice to false gods by wicked priests, including his father says, I Abraham saw that it was needful for me to find another place of residence. Yeah, but as the priests lift up their hands to kill him, Abram prays unto the Lord and an angel immediately appears, loses his Brandt, breaks the altar and destroys the false gods. Abram then hears the Lord say, My name is Jehovah and I have come to deliver thee and take thee away from thy father’s house. I will lead thee by my hand and my power shall be over thee. So Abram, seeking greater happiness and rest for himself elsewhere, promptly leaves his wicked father and follows the Lord.

After leaving his wicked father’s house, Abram seeks knowledge and a priesthood ordination from an authorized source which leads him to Milk isn’t the keeper of the Lord’s storehouse to whom he pays tithing. Milk Isoudek blesses Abram ordains him to the priesthood and teaches him about the priesthood and Jesus Christ. Now, as a youth, Milkinsidek had such great faith in God that he drew upon God’s power to pacify Savage Lions and put out uncontrollable fires as an adult. Nokisedic is a righteous man of faith who worships the true and living God and is an ordained high priest. In fact, he is the Prophet King of Salem where he establishes righteousness and peace.

Another cool fact is that Salem eventually becomes just like the city of Enoch and is translated and taken up into heaven. Because Melchizedek is such an exceptionally righteous high priest, the Lord’s High Priesthood is commonly called after his name, the Melchizedek Priesthood. So, armed with priesthood power received through Milkhizidek, Abra marries a very righteous and beautiful woman named Sarah. Together they faithfully and obediently try to do everything the Lord commands them to do. Because of this, the Lord makes a Covenant with Abraham and Sarah and gives them the new names of Abraham and Sarah.

To signify this Covenant. God promises to give Abraham the land of Canaan, that his posterity will be as numerous as the stars in the sky, and that all the families of the Earth will be blessed through his posterity. Now we know a Covenant is an agreement between two people who promise to do something for each other. And this great promise is called the Abrahamic Covenant, which in a nutshell means that God promises to be our God and we promise to be his people. This Covenant is at the foundation of not only thousands of years of history, but is one of the key things that distinguishes God’s Kingdom on Earth.

Let’s break it down. Like all eternal covenants, God set the terms of the Abrahamic Covenant. Our side of the Covenant starts with being baptized and adopted into the family of Abraham. We promise to keep His Commandments, follow the Covenant path, and bless all nations of the Earth by sharing the gospel with them. Our goal is to become true disciples of Jesus Christ, spreading his love.

His part of the Covenant includes giving us power, ordinances and priesthood in this life and eventually the greatest gift of all exaltation in the life to come. Okay, Abraham and Sarah really want children. They even have the comforting promise that they’ll have a number of posterity. But Sarah goes many Mary years without having children, which is heartbreaking to her because that was supremely important in their culture. So they try to solve the problem their own way.

Not realizing the great miracle God still has planned for them. Sarah gives her handmade Hagar to Abraham as a wife so he can have children with her, as was the practice in those days. When Hagar becomes pregnant, however, Sarah develops the very human emotion of jealousy and makes Hagar’s life so rough that she leaves. Fortunately, the Lord is aware of Hagar and sends an angel to take care of her and soothe the wounds caused by Sarah’s jealousy. Things apparently get smoothed over and Hagar returns to live with Abraham and Sarah before giving birth to Ishmael.

Ultimately, things didn’t work out for Hagar and Ishmael living with Abraham. But the angel of the Lord continues to watch over them. And God bless Ishmael today, Ishmael is considered the father of many people living in the Middle East like the rest of us. Abraham and Sarah weren’t perfect, but as they tried their best, they were blessed, just as we will be when we do our best to secure all the blessings promised to Abraham. But what about the promised posterity for Sarah and Abraham?

If they remain faithful, we’ll talk about that miracle next time.

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Genesis 12-17; Abraham 1-2 | February 7-13

Instead of worshipping God, Abram’s father and other Egyptians worshipped false gods. They tried to offer Abram as a sacrifice to their gods, but Abram prayed to God for help. He wanted to be righteous even though members of his family were wicked. An angel appeared and rescued Abram. God told Abram to leave and go to another land. He promised to lead him and help him.

Abram married Sarai, and they were both faithful to God. God made a covenant with Abram and Sarai, changing their names to Abraham and Sarah. He promised to make their posterity as numerous as the stars in the sky and to give them the land of Caanan. This covenant is called the Abrahamic Covenant, and it means that God promises to be our God if we promise to be His people. He will lead us if we follow Him in faith.

Genesis 12: Abram will become a great nation—He and his seed will bless all the families of the earth—He travels from Haran to the land of Canaan—Because of famine, he goes down into Egypt—Abram and Sarai are tested in Pharaoh’s court.

Genesis 13: Abram returns from Egypt—He and Lot part—The Lord will make Abram’s seed as the dust of the earth in number—Abram settles in Hebron.

Genesis 14: Lot is captured in the battles of the kings—He is rescued by Abram—Melchizedek administers bread and wine and blesses Abram—Abram pays tithes—He declines to accept the spoils of conquest.

Genesis 15: Abram desires offspring—The Lord promises him seed in number as the stars—Abram believes the promise—His seed will be strangers in Egypt—Then, after four generations, they will inherit Canaan.

Genesis 16: Sarai gives Hagar to Abram as his wife—Hagar flees from Sarai—An angel commands Hagar to return and submit herself to Sarai—Hagar bears Ishmael.

Genesis 17: Abram is commanded to be perfect—He will be a father of many nations—His name is changed to Abraham—The Lord covenants to be a God unto Abraham and his seed forever—Also, the Lord gives Abraham the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession—Circumcision becomes a token of the everlasting covenant between God and Abraham—Sarai’s name is changed to Sarah—She will bear Isaac, with whom the Lord will establish His covenant—Abraham and the men of his house are circumcised.

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Abraham 1:18

“Behold, I will lead thee by my hand, and I will take thee, to put upon thee my name, even the Priesthood of thy father, and my power shall be over thee.“

Questions

  • What did Abram (Abraham) do when is life was in danger?
  • How can prayer help us?
  • What is a covenant?
  • What covenant did God make with Abraham and Sarah?
  • How does the Abrahamic Covenant bless us today?

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“I invite you to remember to be faithful, to turn your life to the Savior and build your foundation on Him. Remember to be prayerful in your journey and serve others along the way.” Elder José A. Teixeira

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Genesis 12-17; Abraham 1-2 – “To Be a Greater Follower of Righteousness”

Abraham the Patriarch was blessed with divine promises for himself and all people. The resources listed for study of Abraham 1-2 look at the Abrahamic covenant, the life of Abraham, and the history of the Egyptian artifacts studied by Joseph Smith.

 

“The Abrahamic Covenant,” S. Michael Wilcox, Ensign, January 1998 

The Abrahamic covenant actually began with Adam. Abraham was promised innumerable posterity both as literal descendants and as those who would accept the gospel. Modern revelation, namely in the Doctrine and Covenants, describes how we should do the works of Abraham today.

“Abraham,” E. Douglas Clark, Encyclopedia of Mormonism 

Abraham was foreordained as a prophet and received divine promises for himself and all people. This short article outlines his life and the sources about him and the covenant.

“The Book of Abraham, Revelation, and You,” Kerry Muhlestein, Ensign, December 2018 

Two examples show that academic information related to the book of Abraham has improved recently: that the Egyptians did practice human sacrifice, and that there were writings by Egyptian priests about Abraham and Moses. The author tells that he has unanswered questions about the book, but personal revelation has led him to conclude that the book of Abraham is inspired.

‘In the Land of the Chaldeans’: The Search for Abraham’s Homeland Revisited,” Stephen O. Smoot, BYU Studies Quarterly 56, no. 3

Stephen Smoot examines Genesis and the book of Abraham regarding Abraham’s journeys. Abraham’s homeland may have been in southern Iraq, but Syria or northern Mesopotamia should also be considered.

“Joseph Smith and Egyptian Artifacts: A Model for Evaluating the Prophetic Nature of the Prophet’s Ideas about the Ancient World,” Kerry Muhlestein, BYU Studies Quarterly 55, no. 3

This article grapples with the content and history of the Egyptian drawings that Joseph Smith possessed, acknowledging that Joseph believed several things about the artifacts that are not fully congruent with modern academic Egyptology.

“Antonio Lebolo: Excavator of the Book of Abraham,” H. Donl Peterson, BYU Studies 31, no. 3

Antonio Lebolo, an Italian man, went to Egypt to excavate artifacts and then sold them. Ancient papyri with writings ascribed to Abraham and Joseph that Lebolo excavated arrived in the United States in 1833 and were brought to Joseph Smith in 1835. This article examines Lebolo’s life and legacy.

“The Joseph Smith Hypocephalus…Twenty Years Later,” Michael D. Rhodes, FARMS Preliminary Report (1997)

A detailed examination of the characters in Facsimile 2 of the book of Abraham.

“Teaching the Book of Abraham Facsimiles,” Michael D. Rhodes, Religious Educator 4, no. 2

Here are basic answers for questions raised about the book of Abraham papyri, specifically the three facsimiles.

“The Facsimiles and Semitic Adaptation of Existing Sources,” Kevin Barney, in Astronomy, Papyrus, and Covenant

This article reviews the origins and history of the book of Abraham text. They suggest that the book may have had its origin as a Semitic text that experienced the normal transmission processes of copying, translation, and redaction from the time of Abraham until the Greco-Roman era. The facsimiles may have been Egyptian religious vignettes that were adopted or adapted by an Egyptian-Jewish redactor.

“Armenian Apocrypha Relating to Abraham,” E. Douglas Clark, BYU Studies Quarterly 53, no. 2 

Medieval Armenian texts contain traditions about the Patriarch Abraham. This article points out content that is of significance to Latter-day Saints.



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