Sunday, September 17, 2017

Covenant to the Gentiles - Part 2

This is my take on breaking down the requirements, warnings, and conditional blessings in the Covenant.  I may have introduced errors so take this with a grain of salt.  I tried my best not to add to this nor to take away from it.  It's more of a reference and not a recreation of the Covenant itself.

There seem to be seven parts:
1.  Acceptance criteria for entering Covenant
2.  Repentance on an individual level for each person
3.  Commandments to work on bringing Fruit into the Lord's family/vineyard
4.  Temple-related 
5.  Conditions/warnings/curses
6.  Labor/Work
7.  Love

I think this may be some sort of progression.  Often in 7-level progressions in the scriptures there is a high point reached at the halfway mark followed immediately by a stage of testing and endurance.   Kinda like how Pentecost/Shavuot is followed by the heat of summer in order to get to the Feast of Trumpets.

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Table 1: Covenant Questions

Acceptance Criteria

Do you believe all the words of the Lord which have been read to you this day?
Do you know them to be true and from the Lord Jesus Christ who has condescended to provide them to you?
Do you  covenant with Him to cease to do evil and to seek to continually do good?
Do you have faith in these things?
Do you receive the scriptures approved by the Lord as a standard to govern you in your daily walk in life?
Do you accept the obligations established by the Book of Mormon as a covenant and to use the scriptures to correct yourselves and to guide your words, thoughts, and deeds?
Do you agree to assist all others who covenant to likewise accept this standard to govern their lives to keep the Lord's will?
Do you agree to succor those who stand in need?
Do you agree to lighten the burdens of your brothers and sisters whenever you are able?
Do you agree to help care for the poor among you?
Do you covenant to seek to become of one heart with those who seek the Lord to establish His righteousness?


Table 2: Repentance

Individual Repentance

Blessing:

You who have turned from your wicked ways
Are now numbered with my people who are of the House of Israel
You who have repented of your evil doings, of lying and deceiving, and of all whoredoms and from all wickedness and abominations

You who have come unto me

You who have been baptized in my name

You who have received a remission of your sins

You who have received the Holy Ghost



Table 3: Additional Requirements for bringing Fruit into the Lord's Family:

Commandments to us - Bring Fruit into Family

Blessings from Lord

Blessings from Earth

Teach your children to honor me
Will be with you
Will yield her increase
Seek to recover the lost sheep remnant of this land and of Israel and no longer forsake them.
Will never forsake you
you will flourish upon the mountains and upon the hills
Seek to bring them unto me and teach them of my ways, to walk in them
Will lead you in the path which will bring peace to you in the troubling season now fast approaching


Will raise you up


Will protect you


Will abide with you


Will gather you in due time


this shall be a land of promise to you as your inheritance from me


the wicked will not come against you because the fear of the Lord will be with you



Table 4: The Temple - is this for us or the remnant of Jacob?  For now or for later?

Build a Temple

Blessings from the Lord

Angels

A house…which the remnant of my people shall build
I will visit my house
will gather the wicked into bundles to be burned

I will dwell therein, to be among you
will pass over you as my peculiar treasure

you all shall know me, from the least to the greatest


I will teach you things that have been hidden from the foundation of the world


Your understanding will reach unto Heaven


You shall be called the children of the Most High God


I will preserve you against the harvest



Table 5: Conditions and Curses

Conditions

 Curses from the Lord

If you do not honor me
You have no promise from me
If you do not seek to recover my people Israel
I will raise up other people who will honor and serve me and give unto them this land
If you do not teach your children to honor me
I will abide with them
If you do not care for the poor among you

If you do not help lighten one another's burdens



Table 6: Work

Commandments to us - Work

Blessings from the Lord

Labor with me
I will add thereto many treasures
Do not forsake my covenant to perform it

Study my words and let them be the standard for your faith



Table 7: Love

Commandment to us - Love

Blessings from the Lord

Love one another
You will be mine

I will preserve you and raise you up and abide with you forever
































Sunday, September 3, 2017

Chiasmus in the Answer - Part 1

A bit of background - after studying King Benjamin's speech and seeing all the intricate poetic structures he put in there I hoped that the Lord would use similar methods in his Answer revelation.
I asked as a sign that if the Answer was from Him I'd be able to find the same level of attention to detail and brilliance in His words as I found in King Benjamin's. 

For reference, they're found:
http://figuringoutloud.blogspot.com/2017/08/king-benjamin-part-1.html
http://figuringoutloud.blogspot.com/2017/08/king-benjamin-part-2.html
http://figuringoutloud.blogspot.com/2017/08/king-benjamin-part-3.html

After putting the Answer through the same process I used for King Benjamin's speech I was amazed to find that it was the same voice and style.  I've seen similar patterns in His words in 3 Nephi.  I'm probably boring most people with this but to me this is a miraculous sign from the Lord.  
 
For this post I put it together using images instead of text since I've been having issues with my site's text editor. The images are kinda hard to see but if you click on one it'll bring all of them up clearer and you can just progress through them in preview mode. 
Sorry for the crappy formatting. 

Also just a bit of explanation - there are 21 to 22 sections here separated by a double space. The colors are meant to be specific to each section only. For example, in the first section the yellow highlighting only matches up each side of the chiasmus in that section. The next section also has yellow highlighting but it's not related.
Finally, I admit that there are certain spots in this that I probably got wrong or patterns I missed.  I'm open to corrections or suggestions, so please feel free to share.