Mosiah 2:17 one of our favorite scriptures in the canon on service. What is the point of this covenant? In it are seven major sections separated by interruptions or intervening ceremonial acts. Prepared with the general reader in mind, this streamlined version presents the essential contents of the original book. This is something the Book of Mormon does over and over. Mosiah 1-6 King Benjamin’s Speech. The people believe his teachings and covenant to keep the commandments. In the spaces around King Benjamin’s speech I see a community torn by some form of bigotry and a denial that those without status deserve to have their humanity honored by the larger community. Even the apostles of Jesus who learned the gospel directly from Him did not teach with any level of clarity on these subjects in the Bible. Many LDS authors and scholars have pointed at complexity in this passage. 11 For behold, and also his blood atoneth for the sins of those who have fallen by the transgression of Adam, who have died not knowing the will of God concerning them, or who have ignorantly sinned. 3. The truth that we cannot pay the Savior Jesus Christ back for what he has done for us is an important truth to stress with those we teach. What’s going on here? Preparation. Here are some of the highlights of that list. It was King Benjamin’s previous efforts that inspired Mosiah to make these changes. 5. He stated, “I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom,” which he defined by saying, “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God” (Mosiah 2:17). Learn What King Benjamin Teaches About the Savior. Grant Hardy FairMormon 2016 More Effective Apologetics, Naturalistic Theory of the Gold Plates — building on Ann Taves work. He asks them to remember the way they feel and to remember it is only through Jesus Christ that they will be saved. The crossword puzzle is from the Friend, September 2000, Funstuff. Without exerting discipline over our natural state, our bodies tend to want to sleep too much, be a little lazy, have sexual desires that are not the best for us, crave food that’s not best for us, we’re naturally selfish and jealous and gossipy and, we’re prone to anger. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever; therefore, of what have ye to boast? We believe those that die without the law will receive the gospel in the next life and choose, which is different than little children who receive salvation. A Book of Mormon prophet, King Benjamin, gathers his people to hear him preach the gospel of Jesus Christ one last time. OK, I’ll let it go. Thius collection of essays is an invaluable tool for all serious students of the Book of Mormon, focusing on King Benjamin's farewell speech as contained in Mosiah 1-6 of the text, such as providing exegesis of certain pericope and showing the ancient background of the speech, such as the speech's roots in ancient kingship rituals. b) become as a child He didn’t answer, just shook his head. Yet another ritual pattern has been identified in King Benjamin's speech by Stephen D. Ricks ("Treaty and Covenant in King Benjamin's address" in Echoes and Evidences of the Book of Mormon, [FARMS, 2002], 389-94). I turned to see if my son was feeling crushed over this, but he had already turned around to walk back to take the sucker back. At the end of this sermon, the people are convinced of the message and desire to enter into a covenant, to take on the name of Christ and be his people. Also, important in camp meetings and absent in King Benjamin’s address were exotic spiritual manifestations like speaking in tongues, faintings, erratic head movements, etc. See Alma 5:7, 12, 13, 14, 25; 19:33; Helaman 15:7. The whole purpose of King Benjamin’s address seems to come down to this thing about our hearts. The speech of King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon is a masterpiece of Christian literature. Krispy Kreme donuts for everyone. This passage was one of the very first identified by Book of Mormon critics as having obviously modern influence. ), nature of grace: irresistible, prevenient, etc. “One more” the spotter cries out. King Benjamin encourages the people to remember how they feel, to believe in God and His Son Jesus Christ, and to care for the poor and the needy. Like … Reading the text in a new format can sometimes offer new insights into the teachings and gives you a fresh copy to highlight and write notes on. Of course, God can update the covenantal stipulations through new revelation and prophecies. 23 And now, in the first place, he hath created you, and granted unto you your lives, for which ye are indebted unto him. 24 And secondly, he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore he hath paid you. King Benjamin teaches them when they serve one another, they are serving God. The message has a very strong ring of community togetherness, acceptance, and cooperation. The weight lifter failed in his attempt to lift 10 reps on his own. Watch the segment below. Ostler sees modern elements of Joseph’s environment, such as 19th century revival meeting similarities, camping in tents for several days, call to repent and accept Christ, attenders would experience change of heart, etc. He does seven reps.  On the 8th he falters. But another favorite topic is how much I love the Book of Mormon for its truth and beauty. These inspired words influenced later Book of Mormon prophets for generations, and they continue to reach across time to stir countless people today. Many LDS scholars have pointed to correlations between King Benjamin’s address and ancient Israelite customs. The spotter has to lift most of the weight this time, but he gets it up. John W. Welch and Stephen D. Ricks, 1998, 16. f) has been from the fall of Adam Similarities of 1800’s revival camp meetings to King Benjamin’s address: Mosiah 5:7 And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters. We see ourselves, others, and the Lord in a different light. At the end, the audience was “born again”, yet there was no baptism involved. King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom” is the most substantial collection of studies ever to focus exclusively on this landmark address. Commandments of God. 12 And behold, I say unto you that if ye do this ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of your sins; and ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true. Repentance. I interjected, “just let him, it’s no big deal”. Halverson adds another important one. He wants to quit, but the spotter says “one more you can do it”. The people believe King Benjamin’s words and pray to God. FairMormon makes a case that the camp meetings in Joseph’s location would have occurred when he was very young or later after the Book of Mormon was published, and he likely would have had no first hand experience with them. King Benjamin's son Mosiah is appointed to be the next king. 21 I say unto you that if ye should serve him who has created you from the beginning, and is preserving you from day to day, by lending you breath, that ye may live and move and do according to your own will, and even supporting you from one moment to another—I say, if ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants. He wants to push his muscles to the brink, because he knows that is the way to grow his muscles. Mosiah 4:17-22 King Benjamin expands on the Parable of the Talents, going deeper into the comparison of man to beggar in a power position to man to God in a weak position. When the Book of Mormon was first published, this passage stuck out to people in Joseph Smith’s day as resembling a Protestant revival camp meeting. King Benjamin’s Speech Made Simple is a popular abridgment of the expansive volume King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom.” Prepared with the general reader in mind, this streamlined version presents the essential contents of the original book. 19 For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father. Those who turn to the Savior can be cleansed from sin. One of my favorite topics is Book of Mormon historicity. 7 And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters. 6 And he shall cast out devils, or the evil spirits which dwell in the hearts of the children of men. In Nibley's view, one of the main purposes of the kings' speech is on the peaceful continuation of the kingdom as the throne passes on to the rightful heir. King Benjamin's speech begins in Mosiah 2:9 and continues through Mosiah 4, with additional comments from Benjamin in Mosiah 5, but I have included some of the surrounding text to provide background and to show the effects of his words. The only sufficient explanation is to combine the two, using his Expansion Theory. How do we move from that natural state to that godly state? Eleven studies examine the classic speech f… By carefully comparing the Bible version to the Book of Mormon expansion, we see what doctrinal emphasis and insight the Book of Mormon is giving us. My husband looked at him and without expression on his face, just shook his head and said no. 21 And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another. This would be a good model for race relations in the modern world. 14 And ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry, or naked; neither will ye suffer that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and quarrel one with another, and serve the devil, who is the master of sin, or who is the evil spirit which hath been spoken of by our fathers, he being an enemy to all righteousness. It will take a passage from the Bible and expand on it. The Why If King Benjamin’s speech in Mosiah 2–6 took place as part of a Nephite celebration of the ancient Israelite Feast of Tabernacles, that would explain many of the elements described in the narrative as found in the Book of Mormon, including the details regarding the setting up of tents around the temple and the people remaining in them to hear their king speak. These doctrines developed over time, like all human thought does: building on previous body of work, arguing, debating, expanding it, and then arguing over those expansions, etc. Godliness is to master our physical desires and to be selfless and serving and good to other people. King Benjamin appoints his son Mosiah to be the next king. The people pitch their tents near the temple in Zarahemla. As mentioned already, the expansion of the Bible in a way to show doctrinal emphasis: Jeremiah 31:33, Parable of Talents, Parable of Sheep and Goats. Michael Barker also makes note of the use of other poetic structures, for example. 25 And little children also have eternal life. 13 And ye will not have a mind to injure one another, but to live peaceably, and to render to every man according to that which is his due. I side with the LDS scholars that Richard Bushman references as believing the Book of Mormon to be an inspired work but most likely not correlating to an ancient text. Become as a child, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to God’s will. I was out shopping with my husband and 9 year old son. 41 And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. Regardless of whether you believe this passage is 100% ancient, 100% modern, or somewhere in between, believing Mormons agree that King Benjamin’s address ranks as one of the most important sermons in all of scripture. On: 2019/10/26. Some very profound commentary on modern U.S. politics, both from a conservative perspective (Mosiah 2 talking about political leaders not taking payment and keeping taxes low) and from a very liberal perspective (Mosiah 4 a very Socialistic view of community, taking care of all beggars and reducing poverty). Compare the covenant of Jeremiah’s people and King Benjamin’s. Additionally, there are many aspects of camp meetings that don’t correlate with King Benjamin’s address, especially the singing of hymns which were primary in importance in camp meetings and don’t make an appearance in the BOM account. King Benjamin was the king over two distinct groups: Nephites and Mulekites. I believe it’s very likely the 1800’s camp meeting revivals were in Joseph’s subconscious mind as he responded to divine persuasion and produced this beautiful passage of scripture. In a previous article, I talk about how it’s a bit unrealistic to see such mature Christian arguments in the Book of Mormon. Chiasm; Chiasmus; Inverted Parallelism; King Benjamin: Abstract: This chart is an outline of the chiastic nature of King Benjamin's speech to the people at the temple of Zarahemla. I think the natural man is an enemy to godliness in the sense that it’s not always our natural default state. I don’t go so far as to say Book of Mormon complexity proves that it couldn’t have been created by Joseph Smith (creativity of man responding to divine persuasion). King Benjamin sees that the people have been spiritually born of God. A sister in a former ward told this story. If you think about it – King Benjamin’s speech resembles a 19 th century revival far more than a Jewish religious gathering. A good example of this is King Benjamin’s address found in Mosiah 2-5. ‎King Benjamin’s Speech Made Simple is a popular abridgment of the expansive volume King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom” . But at the same time, he gives a very grace centered message to soften the blow of how difficult this may seem. King Benjamin’s address found in Mosiah 2-5 is one of the most treasured passages in LDS scripture. But he’s never done 10 before. The Book of Mormon takes the Arminian view that due to the nature of the atonement being infinite, that they will receive salvation, similar to little children who die before reaching age of accountability. But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. King Benjamin’s Speech Follows a Covenant Format The Mount Sinai covenant is worth reviewing for that is where we learn about what God expects from us in the covenantal relationship. Those who turn to the Savior can be cleansed from sin. But he also sees distinctly ancient elements: call for entire nation to gather to witness coronation of king, burnt offerings, covenant renewal, etc. Chiasmus. I have enjoyed diving into this and studying it in depth in preparation for Gospel Doctrine lessons 15 “Eternally Indebted to Your Heavenly Father” and 16  “Ye Shall Be Called the Children of Christ”. b) become as little children We don’t always emphasize this aspect of the life of Jesus as God coming to Earth to experience it as a man. 7. 6. The Book of Mormon enters the debate exactly at this advanced state. 11 For behold, and also his blood atoneth for the sins of those who have fallen by the transgression of Adam, who have died not knowing the will of God concerning them, or who have ignorantly sinned. Mosiah 15:24-25 19 For behold, are we not all beggars? Why are People Leaving the Mormon Church? Stephen D. Ricks For readers of the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin’s speech is a treasure trove of inspiration, wisdom, eloquence, and spiritual insight. One more comment on verse 26 from this passage. Just a cheap little 15 cent sucker or something. Prepared with the general reader in mind, this streamlined version presents the essential contents of the original book. LDS scholar Blake Ostler takes an interesting position where he acknowledges both modern and ancient content. Stephen Robinson in Believing Christ gives the Parable of the Weightlifting Spotter to give insight into this idea of how we seem to have so many commandments that it’s impossible to obey them all, seemingly driving some into guilt and fear. Yay. 22 And if ye judge the man who putteth up his petition to you for your substance that he perish not, and condemn him, how much more just will be your condemnation for withholding your substance, which doth not belong to you but to God, to whom also your life belongeth; and yet ye put up no petition, nor repent of the thing which thou hast done. 7 And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people. They feel sorry for their sins and ask God for forgiveness. In Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s book Christ and … [illustration] King Benjamin Preaches to the Nephites, by Gary L. Kapp [illustrations] Paintings by Robert T. Barrett; left: Christ Healing the Man with the Withered Hand; top right: Joseph Smith's Vision of the Celestial Kingdom; bottom right: King Benjamin Confers the Kingdom on Mosiah (wait Mormon’s don’t believe in being born again, do we? King Benjamin announces that an angel of God appeared to him and told him the Son of God would come to earth. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order. King Benjamin addresses his people and prophesies about the life of Jesus Christ. As Richard Bushman stated, even faithful LDS are adopting this view more and more frequently. My boy came back and he seemed to be taking it just fine. King Benjamin’s Speech Follows a Covenant Format The Mount Sinai covenant is worth reviewing for that is where we learn about what God expects from us in the covenantal relationship. The people … In Mosiah 4:11 King Benjamin talks about the goodness of God and the need we have of a Savior. King Benjamin announces that an angel of God appeared to him and told him the Son of God would come to earth. His message seems to have this subtext of racial tension and economic disparity as the backdrop. This article will go into both of these topics. 10 And he shall rise the third day from the dead; and behold, he standeth to judge the world; and behold, all these things are done that a righteous judgment might come upon the children of men. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. In addition to the correlation to 1800’s revivals, another point for this being a modern work is the very specific, modern era Christian doctrine taught. 16 And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish. Camp meetings were popular in early 1800’s America, especially in frontier areas (ie western New York) that were not heavily populated with many churches and preachers. 4:4 “My friends and my brethren, my kindred and my people”   This is an interesting sentence structure. (Or print one copy of the smaller Crossword Puzzle and Clues per child and one copy of the section titles pdf or word.).) Taylor Halverson summarized these points in an article in the Mormon Interpreter. What does it mean for the natural man to be an enemy to God? Textual phrases. His name would be Jesus Christ, and He would perform miracles and redeem His people. 12 I say unto you, I would that ye should remember to retain the name written always in your hearts, that ye are not found on the left hand of God, but that ye hear and know the voice by which ye shall be called, and also, the name by which he shall call you. But he doesn’t go home and guilt himself to death “I wasn’t able to do 10 reps, I’m such a loser, I’ll never make it to heaven.”  No, he is proud of his effort and knows the growth that will come due to his effort, even if he didn’t make the 10 reps himself. King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom” is the most substantial collection of studies ever to focus exclusively on this landmark address. For readers of the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin’s speech is a treasure trove of inspiration, wisdom, eloquence, and spiritual insight. 8 And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary. He gets up the 8th rep on his own with no help! King Benjamin did not review his royal service “to boast” (Mosiah 2:16). A prolonged worship session that lasted several days or mores. Anachronistic Christian Doctrine in the Book of Mormon, Nick Frederick — New Testament in the Book of Mormon, In a previous article, I talk about how it’s a bit unrealistic to see such mature Christian arguments in the Book of Mormon. With Elder McConkie, I extol this sermon as one of three of the most important ever given on the planet. A fairly complex chiasmus in Mosiah 2:41 ((John W. Welch, and Stephen D. Ricks, King Benjamin’s Speech: Made Simple, pp. King Benjamin was a humble leader. 26 And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you—that is, for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may walk guiltless before God—I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants. 6 And now, these are the words which king Benjamin desired of them; and therefore he said unto them: Ye have spoken the words that I desired; and the covenant which ye have made is a righteous covenant. Interestingly, the Book of Mormon is filled with scenes similar, to those which Joseph would have witnessed at these meetings. Description. d) natural man So, exhausted, he takes the weight down and attempts to push it up. I find the passage both beautiful and complex. There was some kind of unspoken communication here. Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind? He puts on enough weight to do about 10 repetitions. It is for King Benjamin’s people to have Christ in their hearts. 1. 26 And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you—that is, for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may walk guiltless before God—I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants. When Joseph Smith was a young man, he takes the weight down and attempts to push up. 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