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

After the Israelites left Egypt, the Lord invited them to come unto him and be sanctified. In the same way, we of latter-day Israel are also invited to come into his presence through our own faithfulness and through the ordinances of the priesthood. The journey of Israel toward the holy mountain Sinai is like the journey we all must take to find our way into the presence of our Father in Heaven. If we take that journey under the guidance of the prophets, we will find ourselves, as Moses did, at the blessed feet of the Savior himself.

Upon passing through the Red Sea, the Israelites were at last free of the Egyptian threat. Moses then sang, “The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation.” The temple ordinances were already in view. “Thou shalt bring them in,” Moses sang in praise of the Lord, “and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O Lord, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.”1

Anciently, mountains represented temples when no temple existed. The Lord spoke to prophets on the mountains, as in the case of the brother of Jared and the prophet Abraham.2 Now Moses, the constituted true messenger of God, would bring all of Israel to the sacred mountain to receive their covenants.

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