Genesis 5; Moses 7: Zion Taken into Heaven

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 17–18

Have you ever wondered what God might be thinking and feeling as He watches the wickedness of His children on earth? Moses 7 helps us understand how God views His children, how He feels about their wickedness, and how wickedness will eventually be eliminated.

Understanding the Scriptures

Moses 7

Perished (v. 1)Died 
Torment (v. 1)Suffering 
Fiery indignation, fire of mine indignation (vv. 1, 34)Intense punishment 
Wrath (v. 1)Anger 
In battle array (v. 7)Organized and prepared for fighting 
Divide themselves (v. 7)Spread out and settle 
Land shall be barren, barrenness (vv. 7–8)The land grows very little or nothing 
Despised (v. 8)Disliked and looked down upon 
Flourish (v. 17)Prosper 
Residue (vv. 20, 22, 28, 43)Remaining number 
Abode (vv. 21, 64)Place to live, house 
Veiled (vv. 26, 56)Covered 
Particles (v. 30)Smallest parts 
Curtains are stretched out still (v. 30)Creations are still continuing 
Bosom (vv. 30–31, 63, 69)Innermost parts, a symbol of being very close to something 
Naught (v. 31)Nothing 
Is the habitation of thy throne (v. 31)Is what lives in thy presence 
Affection (v. 33)Love 
Mine eye can pierce them (v. 36)My eyes can see right through to the very center of them 
That which I have chosen, my Chosen (v. 39)Jesus Christ 
His bowels yearned (v. 41)He felt very strong sorrowful emotions 
Temporal (v. 42)Physical 
Meridian of time (v. 46)High point or most important time (This phrase refers to the time when Jesus Christ would come and perform his atoning mission.) 
Stay (v. 51)Stop 
Unalterable (v. 52)Unchangeable 
Remnant (v. 52)Part 
Gird up your loins (v. 62)Prepare 
Tribulations (v. 66)Trials and afflictions 

Moses 7:16–20—Building and Establishing Zion

President Spencer W. Kimball spoke of establishing Zion in our day:

“May I suggest three fundamental things we must do if we are to ‘bring again Zion.’ …

“First, we must eliminate the individual tendency to selfishness that snares the soul, shrinks the heart, and darkens the mind. …

“Second, we must cooperate completely and work in harmony one with the other. There must be unanimity in our decisions and unity in our actions. …

“‘If the Spirit of the Lord is to magnify our labors, then this spirit of oneness and cooperation must be the prevailing spirit in all that we do’ … (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 1983.) …

“Third, we must lay on the altar and sacrifice whatever is required by the Lord. We begin by offering a ‘broken heart and a contrite spirit.’ We follow this by giving our best effort in our assigned fields of labor and callings. We learn our duty and execute it fully. Finally we consecrate our time, talents and means as called upon by our file leaders and as prompted by the whisperings of the Spirit” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1978, 122–24; or Ensign, May 1978, 81).

Studying the Scriptures

Do at least two of the following activities (A–D) as you study Moses 7.

Activity A Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Moses 7:18

Read Moses 7:4–27 and imagine what it would be like to have been part of Enoch’s community. Write a letter to an imaginary friend who lives somewhere else and wants to know how to create a place as wonderful as Zion. Using the information in Moses 7, especially verse 18, tell your friend what it takes to establish and live in Zion. Encourage your friend and give advice on what a person your age could do to “eliminate selfishness” or accomplish one of the other things President Kimball suggested. Especially focus on what your friend could do first in his or her family and then in the Church and community.

Activity B iconWhat Makes the Lord Weep?

  1. 1.

    In Moses 7:29–31, Enoch asked the Lord why He was weeping. Read verses 31–40 and write an answer to Enoch’s question.

  2. 2.

    According to Moses 7:41, what did Enoch do when he understood the Lord’s answer to his question?

  3. 3.

    What do you think the Lord and Enoch might weep about as they view the world today?

Activity C iconAnswer Enoch’s Questions

Read Moses 7:42–67 and identify the questions Enoch asked the Lord. Write each question in your notebook, followed by a summary of the Lord’s answer.

Activity D iconExplain the Imagery

In Moses 7:62, Enoch was told about the Restoration of the gospel in the latter days. He was told of two important things that would happen to help gather the “elect” from the whole earth to prepare for the Second Coming: “Righteousness will I send down out of heaven; and truth will I send forth out of the earth.” Consider what you know about events that took place as part of the Restoration and explain what you think the Lord was referring to.

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