“Lesson 14: ‘Ye Shall Be a Peculiar Treasure unto Me’” Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual (2001), 62–67
“Lesson 14,” Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 62–67
To encourage class members to partake of the Lord’s spiritual water and bread, sustain his chosen leaders, and obey his commandments so he can make of them a “holy nation” (Exodus 19:6).
Prayerfully study the following scriptures:
Exodus 17:8–13; 18:13–26. Amalek comes to fight with Israel. Israel prevails while Moses holds up his hands, but Amalek prevails when Moses tires and lowers his hands. Aaron and Hur hold up Moses’ hands, and Israel wins the battle (17:8–13). Moses follows Jethro’s counsel to appoint judges and delegate authority to them (18:13–26).
Exodus 19–20. The Lord meets with Moses on Mount Sinai and gives Israel the Ten Commandments.
Exodus 32–34. Moses receives stone tablets containing instructions from the Lord but breaks the tablets when he returns from Sinai and sees the people worshiping a golden calf (31:18; 32:1–24). The Lord takes the ordinances of the Melchizedek Priesthood from Israel and gives them a lesser law, the law of Moses (Joseph Smith Translation, Exodus 34:1–2). Moses hews new tablets of stone to replace those that he has broken, but the new tablets do not include “the words of the everlasting covenant of the holy priesthood” (34:1–5; Joseph Smith Translation, Deuteronomy 10:2). The people covenant to obey the law of Moses (34:10–35).
Bring to class several books or other heavy objects if you use the object lesson on pages 64–65.
If Old Testament Video Presentations (53224) is available, you may want to show “Modern Idolatry,” a seven-minute segment, as part of the lesson.
The following material supplements the suggested lesson outline. You may want to use one or more of these ideas as part of the lesson.