FAIR Study Aids/Seminary/Old Testament/Week 32

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A FairMormon Analysis of:
Seminary: Old Testament Teacher Resource Manual

Day 1: Ezekiel 4–32

From the manual section: "Suggestions for Teaching"
"The Lord inspires prophets to use parables, allegories, and other symbols as powerful tools to teach gospel principles. Ezekiel used symbolism to convey God’s message to the people."


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"We have agency to choose good or evil regardless of what those around us choose. We will be held accountable for our choices."


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Day 2: Ezekiel 33–34

Day 3: Ezekiel 37

From the manual section: "Suggestions for Teaching"
"Because of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, all mankind will be resurrected with perfected physical bodies."


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From the manual section: "Suggestions for Teaching"
"The Bible and the Book of Mormon are companion witnesses of Jesus Christ. With them we can help fulfill the Lord’s promise to restore the house of Israel by declaring the message of the Restoration."


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Day 4: Ezekiel 38–48

From the manual section: "Suggestions for Teaching"
"The war between good and evil that began in the premortal world will climax in a great battle in the Holy Land."


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"The Lord has always commanded His people to build temples. Ezekiel saw in vision the temple that would be built in Jerusalem."


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Common criticisms related to this lesson topic
Why does the church spend so much money on temples when children are dying of starvation in other parts of the world? Wouldn’t the money spent on these buildings be better used in feeding the hungry?

Response

  • Just prior to the crucifixion, Christ was anointed with expensive oils. The act was criticized by Judas who suggested that the items could have been sold to benefit the poor. Christ's response was telling. He said "for ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial" (Matt 26:11-12). Just as with this event that served to the preparation for the eternal sacrifice of Christ, even so Temples serve to the eternal blessing of the rest of us and make Christ's sacrifice effective to the exaltation of others.


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