The Hebrew saints of millenniums past articulated much of their appreciation for Jehovah through psalms. These poetic and often lyrical expressions of praise, extolled not only God’s perfect characteristics, but also highlighted His saving acts in national, church, and personal history. So effective in their teaching are the Psalms that they are the most quoted passages from the Old Testament in the New Testament.
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According to an insightful presentation by Catholic Bible scholar Gary A. Anderson included in this week’s article, the book of Ruth establishes a model for marriage in three important ways. (Supplement to Gospel Doctrine Lesson 20).
Sometimes the Book of Ruth is looked upon as only a lovely story with little theological value. However, I see within the story two basic theological messages that are of great worth to Latter-day Saints.
A careful examination of the Hebrew of Deuteronomy 6:5 and its sister verses elsewhere in scripture will reveal that they are essentially a statement of the law of consecration.
The apostle Peter singled out Balaam’s bad example[iv] as he warned his readers of two great sins to which they were particularly susceptible: greed and adultery. Balaam himself had fallen victim to the first sin. Then, having failed to curse Israel, Balaam incited Israel’s fall to the second one. (Supplement to Gospel Doctrine Lesson 16).