Old Testament Lesson 11: “How Can I Do This Great Wickedness?”

Testing the words of LDS leaders with Biblical Truth:

March 2010

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

Can We Learn How to Make All Experiences Work Together For Our Good? (Page 46):

To help class members (1) learn how to make all experiences and circumstances work together for their good.
Page 48: “[The] ability to turn everything into something good appears to be a godly characteristic. Our Heavenly Father always seems able to do this. Everything, no matter how dire, becomes a victory to the Lord. Joseph, although a slave and wholly undeserving of this fate, nevertheless remained faithful to the Lord and continued to live the commandments and made something very good of his degrading circumstances. People like this cannot be defeated”

Test these LDS Words with Biblical Truth:

We cannot “learn how to make all experiences and circumstances work together for [our] good.” In looking at Joseph’s life, we see a man who was able to love and serve God in spite of all the bad things that happened to him. However, Joseph is not the one who made everything work out for his good–it was God who did this!

The reason it is a “godly characteristic to turn everything into something good” is because God alone has the power and ability to do so!

In the life of Joseph, God not only worked out everything for his good, but also for the good of all His people. And, Joseph knew that it was all God’s doing: “And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” Ge 50:19-20

The Lesson brings up Romans 8:28 which is one of my favorite passages:
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Isn’t this an amazing fact? Think about it. Take every single person in the world that loves God and then think about a “being” that is able to intercede in each life, ensuring everything that happens to them works out for their good. Jesus told us that God is so involved in our lives that “the very hairs of your head are all numbered” by Him.

Our powerful and loving God also worked out, for our good, our problem with sin:
“The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Psalm 14)

God so loved the world that He sent His Son Jesus to be sin for us:

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
(Isaiah 53:4-6)

To read more about how we are healed by our Saviors stripes, go to this blog Post: “Lesson 18 Beyond the Veil-Forgiveness through works?” written October 19, 2008; or, Click here:
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Did God’s Children Go to the Temple When They Were Unworthy? (Page 49):

“The Lord has blessed us as a people with a prosperity unequaled in times past. … “In spite of our delight in defining ourselves as modern, and our tendency to think we possess a sophistication that no people in the past ever had—in spite of these things, we are, on the whole, an idolatrous people—a condition most repugnant to the Lord” (“The False Gods We Worship,” Ensign, June 1976, 4, 6). How can we “put away [our] strange gods … and be clean” and worthy to attend the temple? (See Genesis 35:2; Psalm 24:3–4; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Moroni 10:30, 32.)

Test these LDS Words with Biblical Truth:

I was amazed when I discovered that God’s people actually went to the Temple because they were unworthy!! In the Old Testament times, an Israelite went to the Temple when they sinned. They did this to offer a sacrifice so their sin could be forgiven. God’s people even had to offer a sacrifice when they had sinned out of ignorance:

“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them: If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the LORD for a sin offering.” (Le 4:1-3)

The way God’s children were forgiven of their sins was by bringing a sacrifice to the Temple to be offered on the altar. It was through the shed blood of a perfect sacrifice that they were made worthy.

Do you wish to “put away [our] strange gods … and be clean” and worthy to attend the temple?”

Realize that you become the “Temple” of God through faith– perfect and holy (Hebrews 10:10-18). When you are made righteous through faith in Christ, God actually dwells in you–you become the Temple of God. Believe it and receive it. Then, spend the remainder of your life serving God and giving Him all the glory.

To listen to a Young Woman’s amazing testimony about being worthy go to this blog Post: “Are You One Hundred Percent?” Written December 6, 2008; or, Click here:
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Does Having Concubines Strengthen Your Commitment to Obey the Lord’s Standard of Sexual Morality? Or, is Doing so actually breaking the Lord’s Standard? (Page 46):

Purpose: To help class members… (2) strengthen their commitment to obey the Lord’s standard of sexual morality.
Page 50: Concubines in Old Testament times In Genesis 35:22, Bilhah, one of Rachel’s handmaids, is referred to as Jacob’s concubine. Elder Bruce R. McConkie provided the following explanation of the use of the term concubine in the Old Testament: “All down through the history of God’s dealings with his people, including those with the house of Israel, concubines were legal wives married to their husbands in the new and everlasting covenant of marriage. … Anciently they were considered to be secondary wives, that is, wives who did not have the same standing in the caste system then prevailing as did those wives who were not called concubines.”

Test these LDS Words with Biblical Truth:

Did the early LDS Church brethren “strengthen their commitment to obey the Lord’s standard of sexual morality” by practicing polygamy? Or, were they committing adultery?

According to God’s Word, having more than one wife is committing the sin of adultery. “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife” (1 Ti 3:2). It doesn’t matter if you say your adulterous relationship is a “concubine” or claim that God commanded you to marry her. Every single time we read in the Bible that men disobeyed God and practiced plural marriage, we see discord within that family. Women are not meant to share their husband with another woman.

If you would like to read more about this sin of adultery, go to this blog Post: “Lesson 20 A Heart Full of Love and Faith: The Prophet’s Multiple Wives?” written November 11, 2008; or, Click here:

Link to LDS Lesson:
https://www.lds.org/manual/old-testament-gospel-doctrine-teachers-manual/lesson-11-how-can-i-do-this-great-wickedness?lang=eng>