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Relationship to Mormon. The relationship of Chapters 5-7 to the rest of Mormon is addressed at Mormon.
Story. Chapters 5-7 consists of ____ major sections:
Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Chapters 5-7 include:
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- Morm 5:1. Oath making appears to be more common in the Old Testament and Book of Mormon than in the New Testament. The word oath appears 45 times in the Old Testament (KJV), 14 times in the New Testament (KJV), and 37 times in the Book of Mormon (see list here). There are many additional instances of oath making in the Bible. A good non-LDS review of oath making in the Bible is here.
- Morm 5:2. This is a cross reference to Verse 3:12, in which Mormon says "But behold, I was without hope for I knew the judgements of the Lords which should come upon them; for they repented not of their iniquities..." Perhaps Mormon possessed a great faith in Christ, but had lost most of his hope for his people. He had none or little faith that the wicked Nephites would repent finally and come unto Christ.
- Morm 6:1-5. It is incredible to think of how Moroni almost didn't put this last chapter in the Book of Mormon. But in what he did include is some of the most profound, sincere and correct doctrine, that is very important to us today. For example the topic in this epistle is one that is very controversial today in diverse religions. But thanks to Moroni we have scripture that speaks concerning it, and gives us he correct manner in which the ordinance is to be done, leaving no doubt in the minds of those who read and believe in the Book.
- Morm 6:17. Note that departing from the ways of the Lord and rejecting Jesus are linked by parallelism in this verse.
- Morm 7:4. "Weapons of war" may have a dual meaning here, symbolic of burying our sins and giving them up.
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Prompts for further study
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- Morm 5:1-5: What is the significance of oaths in the Book of Mormon?
- Morm 5:1: What does it mean that Mormon "repented of" his oath in verse 1? Is that different from breaking an oath?
- Morm 5:1: What makes Mormon change his mind about leading the Nephites? Why does he say he repented when he had done nothing wrong? Wasn't it the Nephite's wickedness that caused him to leave in the first place?
- Morm 6:2: Where is the land of Cumorah?
- Morm 6:10: Why was Mormon not slain?
- Morm 6:14: Why does Mormon give such detail about the Nephites' losses?
- Morm 7:4: Why is it so important that the remnant of Israel that Mormon is addressing (v. 1) put down their weapons of war and not take them up unless other wise commanded by the Lord?
- Morm 7:5: Why MUST the descendants of Lehi "come to the knowledge of [their] fathers"?
- Morm 7:5: What does it mean that Christ "hath risen again...by the power of the Father"? Did Christ have power in himself to lay down and take up his life?
- Morm 7:5: What does it mean for the "sting of death" to be "swallowed up"? What is the "sting of death"? What does it mean to be "swallowed up"?
- Morm 7:7: What does it mean to be "found guiltless"
- Morm 7:7: What does it mean to "sing ceaseless praises with the choirs above"? How does this fit in with our Latter-day understanding of the afterlife?
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