25 And little children also have eternal life. 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. Interestingly, the Book of Mormon is filled with scenes similar, to those which Joseph would have witnessed at these meetings. 225, 229, 259), a) humble themselves King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom” is the most substantial collection of studies ever to focus exclusively on this landmark address. acknowledges both modern and ancient content. 23 And now, in the first place, he hath created you, and granted unto you your lives, for which ye are indebted unto him. 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. 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. He attempts the ninth but can’t. King Benjamin sees that the people have been spiritually born of God. He encourages everyone to take care of the poor and needy. A prolonged worship session that lasted several days or mores. 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. 27 And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. A person goes to lift weights. The only sufficient explanation is to combine the two, using his Expansion Theory. 3. In Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s book Christ and … 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. Through this speech, he was able not only to transfer political power to his son… 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. As the people believe King Benjamin’s words, they ask God for forgiveness from their sins and make covenants with Jesus Christ. Of course, God can update the covenantal stipulations through new revelation and prophecies. 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. Mosiah 1-6 King Benjamin’s Speech part 2. 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. God cares about not just our needs but our wants. It also means to enter a new relationship with Him which enables us to retain the blessings of that rebirth over time. Mosiah 3:5-11. A Book of Mormon prophet, King Benjamin, gathers his people to hear him preach the gospel of Jesus Christ one last time. 17 Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just— A natural state of the consequences of good decisions and choices in our lives. King Benjamin was the king over two distinct groups: Nephites and Mulekites. Grant Hardy FairMormon 2016 More Effective Apologetics, Naturalistic Theory of the Gold Plates — building on Ann Taves work. Halverson adds another important one. He’s about ready to put the people in a covenant, and he’s defining what will be their part. OK, I’ll let it go. 20 And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a remission of your sins. 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. 29 And finally, I cannot tell you all the things whereby ye may commit sin; for there are divers ways and means, even so many that I cannot number them. John W. Welch and Stephen D. Ricks, 1998, 16. I think the natural man is an enemy to godliness in the sense that it’s not always our natural default 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. 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. Mosiah 2:21 expanding on the unprofitable servant from the Parable of the Talents, which King Benjamin will come back to later. The weight lifter failed in his attempt to lift 10 reps on his own. King Benjamin taught that when we truly apply the atonement of Jesus Christ, our views change. I find the passage both beautiful and complex. ‎King Benjamin’s Speech Made Simple is a popular abridgment of the expansive volume King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom” . There was some kind of unspoken communication here. 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. Kevin Christensen frequently cites non-LDS scholar Margaret Barker, and argues that content in the New Testament and Old Testament has been removed, that otherwise would correlate strongly with LDS style temple ceremonies and covenant making. Lesson 10 King Benjamin. A preacher would travel to the location and hold a series of intense sermons and worship sessions over a few days. The king teaches them to believe in God, believe that He lives, and believe that He created the heavens and earth. Repentance. 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. 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. What’s going on here? 17 And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God. He didn’t answer, just shook his head. 225, 229, 259) a) humble themselves b) become as little children c) salvation through the atoning blood of Christ the Lord d) natural man e) enemy to God f) has been from the fall of Adam f) will be forever and ever To me the great lesson of this portion of King Benjamin’s speech is that often we best fulfill the First and Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37) “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” when we keep the second (Matthew 22:39) “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” and put that love into action through service. 1. A good example of this is King Benjamin’s address found in Mosiah 2-5. But at the same time, he gives a very grace centered message to soften the blow of how difficult this may seem. On: 2019/10/26. 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. (wait Mormon’s don’t believe in being born again, do we? 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. Become as a child, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to God’s will. 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. He sees the Book of Mormon as being chock full of these references, most notably in the passage of King Benjamin’s address. Krispy Kreme donuts for everyone. As Richard Bushman stated, even faithful LDS are adopting this view more and more frequently. Godliness is to master our physical desires and to be selfless and serving and good to other people. b) become as a child 6. In addition to the doctrinal beauty and inspiration, I find some very interesting complexity to this. 7. When the father told the son no, there seemed to be an understanding that the only reason he was saying no was that there was something bigger and better on the horizon. It is for King Benjamin’s people to have Christ in their hearts. 5 For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases. A fairly complex chiasmus in Mosiah 2:41 ((John W. Welch, and Stephen D. Ricks, King Benjamin’s Speech: Made Simple, pp. In Mosiah 4:11 King Benjamin talks about the goodness of God and the need we have of a Savior. 2. In it are seven major sections separated by interruptions or intervening ceremonial acts. The speech of King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon is a masterpiece of Christian literature. Those who turn to the Savior can be cleansed from sin. King Benjamin's Speech: "That Ye May Learn Wisdom" is the most substantial collection of studies ever to focus exclusively on this landmark address. 4. 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 did not review his royal service “to boast” (Mosiah 2:16). “One more” the spotter cries out. Chiasmus. Beautiful passage talking about the condescension of God, similar to Nephi’s view of it 1 Ne 11. My husband looked at him and without expression on his face, just shook his head and said no. King Benjamin teaches many things that relate with young people. 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. Mosiah 2:17 one of our favorite scriptures in the canon on service. King Benjamin announces that an angel of God appeared to him and told him the Son of God would come to earth. • In his book Since Cumorah, Hugh Nibley studies Benjamin's oration as an archetypal coronation speech. This would be a good model for race relations in the modern world. But he’s never done 10 before. And thus the Lord bringeth about the restoration of these; and they have a part in the first resurrection, or have eternal life, being redeemed by the Lord. Yay. e) enemy to God 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. 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. Interesting and profound logic of why we stay indebted to God. A beautiful definition of scripture and revelation I first heard from Blake Ostler is the “synthesis of the creativity of man responding to divine persuasion”. An interesting example of this is where the Book of Mormon addresses what will happen to those that die without the law. b) become as little children He does seven reps.  On the 8th he falters. 3. The contributors examine this speech in the multifaceted contexts in which it was delivere Like … 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. I wrote about this in a prior blog article on Book of Mormon anachronisms. f) has been from the fall of Adam 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. Taylor Halverson summarized these points in an article in the Mormon Interpreter. 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. 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. A fairly complex chiasmus in Mosiah 2:41 ((John W. Welch, and Stephen D. Ricks, King Benjamin’s Speech: Made Simple, pp. For readers of the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin’s speech is a treasure trove of inspiration, wisdom, eloquence, and spiritual insight. 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. This article will go into both of these topics. Description. And also from Michael Barker, the creation of phrases that go onto become part of the Nephite prophet vocabulary, ie “change of heart”. 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. ), nature of grace: irresistible, prevenient, etc. King Benjamin announces that an angel of God appeared to him and told him the Son of God would come to earth. It was King Benjamin’s previous efforts that inspired Mosiah to make these changes. His name would be Jesus Christ, and He would perform miracles and redeem His people. The spotter has to lift most of the weight this time, but he gets it up. Nay; he has poured out his Spirit upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with joy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy. At the end, the audience was “born again”, yet there was no baptism involved. A complex review and summary of the Christian doctrines of grace, atonement, and obedience available at the time of Joseph Smith, but bringing them together in a new, unique offering. One of my favorite topics is Book of Mormon historicity. A sister in a former ward told this story. The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/mosiah/1?lang=eng. As we checked out, my son threw in a piece of candy. Natural man is an enemy to God. 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). 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. In Mosiah 4 we read how the atoning blood of Jesus Christ is applied to our life. King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom” is the most substantial collection of studies ever to focus exclusively on this landmark address. These arguments sound exactly like they did in Joseph Smith’s era, after Christianity had matured through the early Christian period, Pelagianism, Catholic period, the Protestant Revolution, and the debates of Calvinism and Arminianism that led to the state of American Protestant Christianity in Joseph’s day. 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. e) yieldeth to the Holy Spirit His spotter is there to help him if he can’t make it. He believes traditional LDS apologists are unable to sufficiently explain the modern elements, but critics are unable to explain for the complexity and ancient elements in ways that are “above Joseph”. 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”. The community does nothing until their leader asks them to, at which point they declare their repentance in terms of turning away from God, but without even mentioning the people who have been … The crossword puzzle is from the Friend, September 2000, Funstuff. The people believe King Benjamin’s words and pray to God. Living the commandments of God results in a state of being where one can be happy and feel blessed. The message has a very strong ring of community togetherness, acceptance, and cooperation. 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. What is the point of this covenant? 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. This passage was one of the very first identified by Book of Mormon critics as having obviously modern influence. In the Book of Mormon, they gathered at the temple. Let’s see what the Book of Mormon says). Of course, God can update the covenantal stipulations through new revelation and prophecies. 1) He gave us life 2) If we attempt to repay him through service, he immediately blesses us, keeping us in debt. 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. One Mormon’s view of Tyler Glenn’s video Trash. c) salvation through the atoning blood of Christ the Lord 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. 41 And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. Why wasn’t he fighting back or whining or complaining? He lists the six patterns evident in this passage that BYU professor Stephen Ricks outlined as correlations to ancient Israel. Those who turn to the Savior can be cleansed from sin. It goes from non-familial to familial, then back to familial followed by non-familial. Just a cheap little 15 cent sucker or something. I didn’t understand what was going on. d) natural man 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. He wants to push his muscles to the brink, because he knows that is the way to grow his muscles. King Benjamin was a humble leader. King Benjamin’s address found in Mosiah 2-5 is one of the most treasured passages in LDS scripture. 6 And he shall cast out devils, or the evil spirits which dwell in the hearts of the children of men. The Book of Mormon enters the debate exactly at this advanced state. What does it mean for the natural man to be an enemy to God? Compare the covenant of Jeremiah’s people and King Benjamin’s. 15 But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? He really did suffer human emotion, discomfort, and pain. This is something the Book of Mormon does over and over. Purpose was to teach atonement of Christ, the need for a Savior, and call sinners to repentance. He is a good God. 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. They feel sorry for their sins and ask God for forgiveness. 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. LDS scholar Blake Ostler takes an interesting position where he acknowledges both modern and ancient content. 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. 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. But another favorite topic is how much I love the Book of Mormon for its truth and beauty. But it’s enough to give me pause from time to time. His people respected him because he had served them unselfishly. 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. One more comment on verse 26 from this passage. 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). The son submitted to the will of the father in perfect submissiveness, meekness, humility, and patience, trusting him to meet his needs and wants. We see both the drawing on of powerful phrases already given in what would have been popular sermons of Nephite history “goodness of God” drawing from 2 Ne 9. His message seems to have this subtext of racial tension and economic disparity as the backdrop. So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem. Whether you think Joseph Smith made this up with no inspiration, or you think it’s an ancient text translated by Joseph, or you think it’s scripture produced through the mind of Joseph with no ancient text, or some combination, I hope we can appreciate this passage for the beauty and inspirational messages. Two additional contextual clues add to this conclusion. As King Benjamin teaches in this speech, it means to be spiritually reborn through His atoning sacrifice, receiving a remission of our sins and being filled with joy. The plea for the covenant and atonement found in Mosiah 4:1-3. So, exhausted, he takes the weight down and attempts to push it up. His name would be Jesus Christ, and He would perform miracles and redeem His people. Mosiah 15:24-25 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. BYU Professor of Law John W. Welch argued that King Benjamin’s speech “may be the best royal and religious text to be found anywhere in world literature” that demonstrates this democratizing disbursement of royal duties and privileges to the people. The people believe his teachings and covenant to keep the commandments. King Benjamin appoints his son Mosiah to be the next king. 24 And these are those who have part in the first resurrection; and these are they that have died before Christ came, in their ignorance, not having salvation declared unto them. They feel great peace and joy as they covenant with Jesus Christ. 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. 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. This powerful and classic speech by King Benjamin in about 140 BC has been reformatted into a genearal conference format. He asks them to remember the way they feel and to remember it is only through Jesus Christ that they will be saved. 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. King Benjamin’s Speech Made Simple is a popular abridgment of the expansive volume King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom.”. With Elder McConkie, I extol this sermon as one of three of the most important ever given on the planet. We see ourselves, others, and the Lord in a different light. 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. Now that he’s outlined what God does for us, he’s going to outline what God expects from us. 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. That’s a very gentle way to remind us that we’re not perfect, we’re going to make mistakes, we’re not going to go as fast as we probably want to. The video is based on Mosiah 1–5. It will take a passage from the Bible and expand on it. King Benjamin seems to intentionally stack the deck, making it impossible to keep our end of this. 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. Many LDS authors and scholars have pointed at complexity in this passage. 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