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This section is for detailed discussion such as the meaning of a symbol, how a doctrinal point is developed throughout a passage, or insights that can be further developed in the future. Contributions may range from polished paragraphs down to a single bullet point. The focus, however, should always be on understanding the scriptural text consistent with LDS doctrine. Click the link above and to the right to edit or add content to this heading. →
- Ex 12:8: Unleavened bread. Leaven is probably symbolic of sin (relating to fermentation) here. Leaven seems to symbolize sin in Matt 16:6, 11-12 (cf. Mark 8:15 and Luke 12:1); 1 Cor 5:6-8; Hosea 7:4; and Gal 5:9, but to be used with a positive connotation in Lev 23:15-21, Amos 4:5, and Matt 13:33. Also see The Symbolism of Bread in the Scriptures by Janet Lisonbee at Meridian.
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Prompts for life application
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Prompts for further study
This section is for prompts that invite us to think about a passage more deeply or in a new way. These are not necessarily questions that beg for answers, but rather prompts along the lines of "Have you ever thought about ..." Prompts are most helpful when they are developed individually, thoughtfully, and with enough background information to clearly indicate a particular direction for further study or thought. Click the link above and to the right to edit or add content to this heading. →
- Ex 14:31: What is meant here by "great work"? How was it a work? Why was it great?
- Ex 14:31: What does it mean here that the people "feared the Lord"? Why would witnessing this event lead to fear? Are we expected to similarly fear the Lord? What might make us fear the Lord the way the Israelites did?
- Ex 14:31: Why would witnessing this event lead the people to believe the Lord? And to believe Moses? What is the relationship between faith and knowledge expressed by this example? Do we need to witness the spectacular to believe? In retrospect, how strong was this belief?
- Ex 14:31: What does the fear and belief of the people after this experience tell us about their spiritual state? How are we like these people? How might we be different?
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Footnotes are not required but are encouraged for factual assertions that average readers cannot easily evaluate for themselves (such as the date of King Solomon’s death or the nuanced definition of a Greek word). In contrast, insights rarely benefit from footnoting, and the focus of this page should always remain on the scriptures themselves rather than what someone has said about them. Links are actively encouraged on all sections of this page, and links to authoritative sources (such as Strong's Bible Concordance or the Joseph Smith Papers) are preferable to footnotes.