Tanner Washburn Old Testament 2:00 Lon Pyper

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Deut. 1-16

1. The land of Canaan. Despite these and other witty sleights, we should remember that the land of Canaan (Palestine, Israel) is a land specially prepared by God for his ancient, covenant people. The Lay of the Land This land²variously known as the land of the Amorites, land of Canaan, land of the Hebrews, land of the children of Israel, Judah, Israel, Yehud, and Palestine²is a unique region of the world. (Ensign, September 1980) See Gen. 12:1.) He journeyed southward until he reached the land of Canaan, the ancient name for the Holy Land. There, ³the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord.´ (Gen. 12:6±7.) Jacob later bought a plot of land in Shechem and lived in the region for a time. (Ensign, January 1990) 2. Moses exhorts the people to keep the commandments. It was probably a lot like a king Benjamin¶s talk. The ending of an era and the start of a new. Throughout Deuteronomy, Moses exhorts the Israelites to ³remember´ that they were bondsmen ³in the land of Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee.´ (Deut. 15:15; see Deut. 16:12; Deut. 24:18.) Deuteronomy contains by far the longest historical review of any scriptural covenant passage. Moses told them to keep these commandments, ³for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the« (Ensign, April 1990) 3. Ch. 5: 30-33. Blessings come from obedience. I once viewed a preview of the movie The Ten Commandments, and it left me with this impressive message²we are free to serve God and keep his commandments or to be ruled by a dictator. Consider the words of the Lord to Moses: ³Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people. « ³Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart. « ³Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself´ (Lev. 19:16±18). (Liahona, January 1981) 4. Note that the Lord delivered His word to Moses, His prophet. The Lord commanded: ³Wherefore, I give unto them a commandment, saying thus: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy might, mind, and strength; and in the name of Jesus Christ thou shalt serve him. ³Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. (Liahona, November 2003) 5. Israel¶s success in destroying its enemies and obtaining the land depended upon the people¶s collective obedience to the will of God. ³The inward vessel shall be cleansed first,´ the Lord has said (Alma 60:23). In keeping with this idea, Joshua¶s 2 bringing Israel through the Jordan River and into the land of Canaan serves as a powerful image for our own return to the presence of the Father and the Son (see Acts 7:45). (Ensign, April 2002)

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