In this week’s review of the Book of Mormon, we’ll review chapters 7 to 11 of Mosiah. When we look at the whole of the record of Mosiah, the prominent theme that we see are contrasting examples of righteous leadership and wicked leadership. The Book of Mosiah begins with an example of a righteous king, King Benjamin. Now, here in chapter eleven, we see an example of a wicked king – Noah. We also see this occur with the Kings of Israel in the Tanach/Old Testament. This week we’ll summarize the actions of both of these kings in the book of Mosiah and then consider what leadership looks like at the end of time in the prophecy of Isaiah.
In this week’s review of the Book of Mormon, we’ll look at Mosiah chapters 2 to 6. What we see in these five chapters is King Benjamin setting out the processes of Redemption and Sanctification so that his people can become the sons and daughter of the Messiah/Christ and take upon them the name of Christ – chapter 5 - who become His covenant people - Zion. This week we’ll look at these processes of Redemption and Sanctification and then compare those processes with how King Benjamin presents them in these five chapters.
This week we will review Omni to Mosiah chapter 2 in the Book of Mormon. In this week’s review, the central focus is on the leadership of King Benjamin who is king over the Land of Zarahemla. Some might just skip over this account of King Benjamin and think that he was a great leader and move on, but there’s really much more to this story because we see messianic elements in King Benjamin's leadership. So this is no ordinary kingship being set out here, this it is Davidic Kingship. Its no coincidence that we see King Benjamin as an example of Davidic Kingship because the Endtime Servants who gather Israel during the Endtime Dispensation that we saw in the last post are Davidic Kings. Moreover, its no coincidence that the Book of Mormon puts this example of Davidic Kingship right after Jacob’s last dispensation discourse because the Book of Mormon is intentionally linking the last or Endtime dispensation with Davidic Kingship that we see with King Benjamin. So this week we’ll go where the Book of Mormon wants to take us and look at the Davidic Kingship of King Benjamin.
In this week’s review of the Book of Mormon, we’ll look at Jacob chapter 5 to Jarom. Here, Jacob sets out a symbolic story or an allegory of the olive tree that we see in the writings of Paul, Isaiah and Ezekiel, but Jacob references a prophet by the name of Zenos as its source. Jacob or Zenos sets out the olive tree allegory in such detail that we can easily become lost. The best approach to understand this allegory is to break it down into dispensations. So, this week we’ll define what a dispensation is in the scriptures. Then will look at the four dispensations that we see in the allegory and then we’ll wrap up with a look at the Endtime Dispensation or the last dispensation of the world.