King Benjamin seems to intentionally stack the deck, making it impossible to keep our end of this. 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. I was out shopping with my husband and 9 year old son. Repentance. 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. 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— b) become as a child A prolonged worship session that lasted several days or mores. d) natural man On: 2019/10/26. King Benjamin taught that when we truly apply the atonement of Jesus Christ, our views change. Here are some of the highlights of that list. If they did, then Abinadi died before King Benjamin gives his speech, thus eliminating the possibility that Abinadi’s sermon is a derivative of King Benjamin’s. So, exhausted, he takes the weight down and attempts to push it up. 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. One of my favorite topics is Book of Mormon historicity. One more comment on verse 26 from this passage. 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. In a previous article, I talk about how it’s a bit unrealistic to see such mature Christian arguments in the Book of Mormon. He is a good God. 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. Taylor Halverson summarized these points in an article in the Mormon Interpreter. John W. Welch and Stephen D. Ricks, 1998, 16. 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. King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom” is the most substantial collection of studies ever to focus exclusively on this landmark address. Description. Those who turn to the Savior can be cleansed from sin. Similarities of 1800’s revival camp meetings to King Benjamin’s address: Mosiah 5:7 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. This would be a good model for race relations in the modern world. 3. At the end, the audience was “born again”, yet there was no baptism involved. We see ourselves, others, and the Lord in a different light. d) natural man 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. As we checked out, my son threw in a piece of candy. A fairly complex chiasmus in Mosiah 2:41 ((John W. Welch, and Stephen D. Ricks, King Benjamin’s Speech: Made Simple, pp. His spotter is there to help him if he can’t make it. 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. Interestingly, the Book of Mormon is filled with scenes similar, to those which Joseph would have witnessed at these meetings. Of course, God can update the covenantal stipulations through new revelation and prophecies. 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. 21 And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another. King Benjamin did not review his royal service “to boast” (Mosiah 2:16). Chiasmus. I think the natural man is an enemy to godliness in the sense that it’s not always our natural default state. When Joseph Smith was a young man, he said he attended revival meetings. For readers of the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin’s speech is a treasure trove of inspiration, wisdom, eloquence, and spiritual insight. Eleven studies examine the classic speech f… Let’s see what the Book of Mormon says). In Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s book Christ and … 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. A person goes to lift weights. The spotter pulls up the weight to help him and he gets it. King Benjamin was a humble leader. 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. 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”. 13 For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart? 19 For behold, are we not all beggars? 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. 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. 7. He gets up the 8th rep on his own with no help! The crossword puzzle is from the Friend, September 2000, Funstuff. Textual phrases. I find the passage both beautiful and complex. f) will be forever and ever The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/mosiah/1?lang=eng. King Benjamin teaches many things that relate with young people. We believe those that die without the law will receive the gospel in the next life and choose, which is different than little children who receive salvation. 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. 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. This powerful and classic speech by King Benjamin in about 140 BC has been reformatted into a genearal conference format. King Benjamin announces that an angel of God appeared to him and told him the Son of God would come to earth. The spotter says “push it, you can do it, one more”. 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. Many LDS scholars have pointed to correlations between King Benjamin’s address and ancient Israelite customs. He does seven reps.  On the 8th he falters. 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. King Benjamin's Speech: "That Ye May Learn Wisdom" is the most substantial collection of studies ever to focus exclusively on this landmark address. 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. 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. Camp meeting revivals were so common in New York and the surrounding areas the leading revivalist and theologian Charles Finney coined the term “burned over district” because no one was left to convert. Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind? 2. The weight lifter failed in his attempt to lift 10 reps on his own. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it. (wait Mormon’s don’t believe in being born again, do we? e) enemy to God 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. 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. 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. Mosiah 1-6 King Benjamin’s Speech. What does it mean for the natural man to be an enemy to God? 18 But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God. There was some kind of unspoken communication here. Mosiah 3:11 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. The people believe King Benjamin’s words and pray to God. He’s about ready to put the people in a covenant, and he’s defining what will be their part. Grant Hardy FairMormon 2016 More Effective Apologetics, Naturalistic Theory of the Gold Plates — building on Ann Taves work. King Benjamin appoints his son Mosiah to be the next king. Watch the segment below. 4. 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. LDS scholar Blake Ostler takes an interesting position where he acknowledges both modern and ancient content. In the Book of Mormon, they gathered at the temple. One Mormon’s view of Tyler Glenn’s video Trash. 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. 24 And secondly, he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore he hath paid you. 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. 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. The 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. 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. 5. 1. 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. “One more” the spotter cries out. What’s going on here? But he doesn’t go home and guilt himself to death “I wasn’t able to do 10 reps, I’m such a loser, I’ll never make it to heaven.”  No, he is proud of his effort and knows the growth that will come due to his effort, even if he didn’t make the 10 reps himself. 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). King Benjamin’s Speech Made Simple is a popular abridgment of the expansive volume King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom.”. Living the commandments of God results in a state of being where one can be happy and feel blessed. LDS scholars argue that King Benjamin’s address and focus on temple and covenant making has more parallels with the Old Testament than the modern era. 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. It was King Benjamin’s previous efforts that inspired Mosiah to make these changes. April 13, 2020 Cover image: Image of King Benjamin’s Speech by Walter Rane. 6. He puts on enough weight to do about 10 repetitions. My husband looked at him and without expression on his face, just shook his head and said no. 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. They feel sorry for their sins and ask God for forgiveness. 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. 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. 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. King Benjamin addresses his people and prophesies about the life of Jesus Christ. The video is based on Mosiah 1–5. But it’s enough to give me pause from time to time. Just a cheap little 15 cent sucker or something. By carefully comparing the Bible version to the Book of Mormon expansion, we see what doctrinal emphasis and insight the Book of Mormon is giving us. Two additional contextual clues add to this conclusion. • In his book Since Cumorah, Hugh Nibley studies Benjamin's oration as an archetypal coronation speech. 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. His people respected him because he had served them unselfishly. A fairly complex chiasmus in Mosiah 2:41 ((John W. Welch, and Stephen D. Ricks, King Benjamin’s Speech: Made Simple, pp. 225, 229, 259), a) humble themselves 20 And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a remission of your sins. While it is not certain that the above-listed events took more than three years, it seems likely. 6 And he shall cast out devils, or the evil spirits which dwell in the hearts of the children of men. f) has been from the fall of Adam In Mosiah 4 we read how the atoning blood of Jesus Christ is applied to our life. How do we move from that natural state to that godly state? Yet another ritual pattern has been identified in King Benjamin's speech by Stephen D. Ricks ("Treaty and Covenant in King Benjamin's address" in Echoes and Evidences of the Book of Mormon, [FARMS, 2002], 389-94). 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. Mosiah 1-6 King Benjamin’s Speech part 2. Compare the covenant of Jeremiah’s people and King Benjamin’s. 22 And if ye judge the man who putteth up his petition to you for your substance that he perish not, and condemn him, how much more just will be your condemnation for withholding your substance, which doth not belong to you but to God, to whom also your life belongeth; and yet ye put up no petition, nor repent of the thing which thou hast done. 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. Natural man is an enemy to God. c) salvation through the atoning blood of Christ the Lord King Benjamin was the king over two distinct groups: Nephites and Mulekites. King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom” is the most substantial collection of studies ever to focus exclusively on this landmark address. A sister in a former ward told this story. Interesting and profound logic of why we stay indebted to God. 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. But he didn’t seem surprised. He really did suffer human emotion, discomfort, and pain. 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. An interesting example of this is where the Book of Mormon addresses what will happen to those that die without the law. 23 And now, in the first place, he hath created you, and granted unto you your lives, for which ye are indebted unto him. As the people believe King Benjamin’s words, they ask God for forgiveness from their sins and make covenants with Jesus Christ. So, we get in the car and we’re driving, and I ask him again, “I don’t understand what just happened, that was so weird.”  It was right then, my husband turned the car into Krispy Kreme donuts. My boy came back and he seemed to be taking it just fine. Krispy Kreme donuts for everyone. He sees the Book of Mormon as being chock full of these references, most notably in the passage of King Benjamin’s address. 4:4 “My friends and my brethren, my kindred and my people”   This is an interesting sentence structure. 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. Halverson adds another important one. 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. Like … I don’t go so far as to say Book of Mormon complexity proves that it couldn’t have been created by Joseph Smith (creativity of man responding to divine persuasion). Mosiah 2:17 one of our favorite scriptures in the canon on service. 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. In it are seven major sections separated by interruptions or intervening ceremonial acts. Of course, God can update the covenantal stipulations through new revelation and prophecies. A good example of this is King Benjamin’s address found in Mosiah 2-5. Mosiah 2:21 expanding on the unprofitable servant from the Parable of the Talents, which King Benjamin will come back to later. Mosiah 15:24-25 13 And ye will not have a mind to injure one another, but to live peaceably, and to render to every man according to that which is his due. King Benjamin's son Mosiah is appointed to be the next king. The son submitted to the will of the father in perfect submissiveness, meekness, humility, and patience, trusting him to meet his needs and wants. I didn’t understand what was going on. But at the same time, he gives a very grace centered message to soften the blow of how difficult this may seem. 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. 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. Yay. 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. 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