Understanding the Scriptures
|Peculiar (v. 5)||“‘Valued treasure,’ ‘made’ or ‘selected by God’” (Russell M. Nelson, in Conference Report, Apr. 1995, 44; or Ensign, May 1995, 34)|
|Sanctify, sanctified (vv. 10, 14, 22–23)||Make holy, pure, and clean|
|Against (vv. 11, 15)||In preparation for|
|Bounds (vv. 12, 23)||Limits|
|Take heed to yourselves (v. 12)||Be careful|
|Border (v. 12)||Boundary|
|Descended (v. 18)||Came down|
|Ascended (v. 18)||Went up|
|Charge, chargedst (vv. 21, 23)||Command|
|Lest (vv. 21–22, 24)||Unless|
|Gaze (v. 21)||See|
|Break forth upon them (vv. 22, 24)||Appear to them|
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study Exodus 19.
Moses Goes up and down Mount Sinai
Exodus 19 contains the account of three times Moses went up and came down Mount Sinai. Moses ascended Sinai to speak with the Lord and then traveled down the mountain to deliver the words of the Lord to the people. At the same time, Moses tried to prepare the people to be worthy enough to also ascend the mountain and commune with the Lord. The following diagram may help you organize the chapter by outlining Moses’ trips up and down Sinai.
Prepare for the Temple
Elder J. Ballard Washburn, of the Seventy, said, “We cannot go to His holy house unworthily without bringing upon ourselves the judgments of God. For God will not be mocked” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1995, 12–13; or Ensign, May 1995, 11–12).