“Lesson 5: ‘If Thou Doest Well, Thou Shalt Be Accepted’” Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual (2001), 17–22
“Lesson 5,” Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 17–22
To help class members understand that choices to follow Jesus Christ lead to liberty, happiness, and eternal life, while choices to follow Satan lead to misery and captivity.
Prayerfully study the following scriptures from the Pearl of Great Price:
Moses 5:16–41. Cain loves Satan more than God and obeys Satan’s command to make an offering to the Lord (5:16–19). The Lord rejects Cain’s offering and commands Cain to repent (5:20–25). Cain covenants with Satan and kills Abel (5:26–33). The Lord curses Cain, and Cain is shut out from the presence of the Lord (5:34–41).
Moses 7:13, 17–21, 23–47, 68–69. The faith of Enoch is so great that mountains are removed, rivers change course, and all nations greatly fear (7:13, 17). The Lord and Enoch weep over the wickedness of the people on the earth (7:23–47). The people in the city of Enoch are of one heart and one mind with the Lord, and the entire city is taken to heaven (7:18–21, 68–69).
You may want to use the following activity (or one of your own) to begin the lesson.
Before class, write the following two sets of statements side by side on the chalkboard:
“Who is the Lord that I should know him?”
“He is my God, and your God.”
“I am free.”
“Why counsel ye yourselves, and deny the God of heaven?”
“Am I my brother’s keeper?”
“Ye are my brethren.”
Tell class members that the statements in these two lists were made by two men they will learn about in the lesson. Ask class members what they can determine about each man based on his set of statements. (You may want to have class members gather in small groups to discuss the statements. When the groups have discussed the statements for five or six minutes, have one person from each group summarize the group’s discussion for the rest of the class members.)
When class members have responded, explain that the statements in the first set were made by Cain, who chose to follow Satan. The statements in the second set were made by Enoch, who chose to follow the Lord. Each man’s statements reflect his attitude toward God.
The following material supplements the suggested lesson outline. You may want to use one or more of these ideas as part of the lesson.