Remember the New Covenant, Even the Book of Mormon
Gospel Doctrine Summary Supplement Lesson 4: “Remember the New Covenant, Even the Book of Mormon”
Israelites Sacrificial Rituals
“The Sabbath before Passover is known as Shabbat ha-Gadol … the day on which the Israelites in Egypt set aside the lamb that they were to slaughter on the first Passover (Exodus 12:3). On Shabbat ha-Gadol a … [reading …] taken from the Book of Malachi and referring to the day on which Elijah the Prophet will reappear as forerunner of the great day of the Lord, is read.” (Encyclopedia Judaica Jr.) (Malachi 4:5-6) Elijah’s Coming Implies a Unique Preparation for Salvation: Elijah’s mission, reflected in temple ordinances, is part of the preparation for mankind to be completely saved in the life to come.
The preparation of scriptures for later use is definitely a pattern seen in the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon. Some of the witnesses for the Book of Mormon are the previous prophets who foresaw its coming and its value in the restoration of all things. “And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned … Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work …” (Isaiah 29:12-14)
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One of the reasons witness for the restoration could be given in ancient times is because the Old Covenant was the same as the New Covenant. “It was the design of the councils of heaven before the world was, that the principles and laws of the priesthood should be predicated upon the gathering of the people in every age of the world … Ordinances instituted in the heavens before the foundation of the world … for the salvation of men, are not to be altered or changed. All must be saved on the same principles.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Six 1843-44, Pg.308)
Religious Jews still practice many forms of ancient rites and rituals whose meanings may have become distorted or lost over many years without priesthood guidance. Now that the priesthood has been restored, we can learn about the old practices in order to better understand the “Old Covenant,” which was true and how the “New Covenant” restored the ancient practices with true doctrine.