© 1967 Bill L. Hill
Understanding the Scriptures
|Tidings (v. 3)||News|
|Omnipotent (v. 5)||All powerful|
|Tabernacle of clay (v. 5)||Physical body|
|Anguish (v. 7)||Sorrow, grief, agony|
|Scourge (v. 9)||Beat with a whip that has jagged pieces of bone or stone in the ends|
|Atoneth (vv. 11, 16)||Pays the price|
|Availeth (v. 15)||Is worth|
|Submissive (v. 19)||Willing to obey|
|Consigned (v. 25)||Committed, handed over|
Mosiah 3:15—“Types, and Shadows”
Types and shadows are symbols that teach and testify of great truths. The law of Moses contained many symbols that taught and testified about the future life and ministry of the Savior. For example, the firstborn, unblemished male sheep that were offered as sacrifices were symbols (types) and reminders (shadows) of the future atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God (see Alma 25:15).
Mosiah 3:19—What Is the “Natural Man” That We Must Put Off?
Elder Neal A. Maxwell, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, explained:
“First of all, the natural man is an ‘enemy to God.’ (Mosiah 3:19.) This means that such individuals would (whether fully understanding the implications of their own resistance or not) oppose the ultimate purpose of God for mankind, which is, as we know, ‘to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.’ (Moses 1:39.) Given our eternal interests, the natural man therefore is not our friend either, even if, at times, we seem quite at home with him. …
“Instead of becoming a saint, being childlike and willing to submit to our eternal Father, the natural man is rebellious and insists on walking in his own way. He is childish instead of childlike.
“The natural man also stubbornly seeks for happiness in iniquity—an incredibly naive notion about the nature of happiness and the universe. …
“Thus it is that the natural man, in attempting to live ‘without God in the world’ and in catering slavishly to his natural instincts, is actually living ‘contrary to the nature of happiness.’ (Alma 41:11.)” (Notwithstanding My Weakness , 71–72).
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Mosiah 3.
Use the Footnotes
King Benjamin was taught by an angel about the coming of Jesus Christ.
As you read Mosiah 3:1–8, list five important facts about Christ.
Look at the footnotes for each fact you chose and write an explanation of what each one tells about Him.
Who Does the Blood of Christ Save?
If the Atonement of Jesus Christ did not pay for our sins, we could not be saved. In Mosiah 3:11–18, King Benjamin identified three groups of people for whom the blood of Christ “atoneth.” Search those verses and describe those three kinds of people. What did King Benjamin say we must do to receive the salvation that comes “through the atoning blood of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent” (v. 18)?
Scripture Mastery—Mosiah 3:19
To help you understand the importance of putting off the natural man and becoming a Saint, answer the following questions as you study Mosiah 3:19:
How does the Holy Spirit “entice” us?