This is Scripture Roundtable 63 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss the Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #13, Bondage, Passover, and Exodus, focusing on scriptures in Exodus 1-3, 5-6, 11-14, and others, bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures. These roundtables will generally follow the 2014 Gospel Doctrine schedule of scriptures, a few weeks ahead of time.
”The sacrifice required of Abraham in the offering up of Isaac, shows that if a man would attain to the keys of the kingdom of an endless life; he must sacrifice all things.”—Joseph Smith, 27 August 1843, recorded by Willard Richards. History of the Church 5:555; Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith 322. Richards’ record is a little unclear, and has been emended by later scribes; the original reads “by the offering of Isaac.—if a man would attain—he must sacrifice all to attain to the keys of the kingdom of an endless life.” Words of Joseph Smith 244.
“[Jesus] and the Apostles, in various places, clearly set forth that Abraham was the great exemplar of faith for them to follow, and that [we] must follow him, if [we] ever [expect] to participate in the glory and exaltation enjoyed by Abraham and his faithful seed.
“God required Abraham to sacrifice that which was most dear to him, and he will also require at our hands that which is most dear to us.”
—George Q. Cannon, 6 October 1873. Journal of Discourses 16:245.
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