Jeremiah 42:16-17; “Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die. 17 So shall it be with all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn there; they shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: and none of them shall remain or escape from the evil that I will bring upon them”.
Those two verses are all you need to know and remember for this lesson and the two key words are ‘none’ and ‘Egypt’. The book of Jeremiah is proof the Book of Mormon is a lie.
The LDS OT Lesson for week 41 is called “I Have Made Thee This Day an Iron Pillar” and its focus is on how to be obedient to the Lord when he tells you to do something.
A few years after I was saved I signed up for a Bible study on the book of Jeremiah and it changed my entire life. While I had already been in ministry for awhile and knew the BoM was wrong I had no idea just how wrong it was until I read what God had to say through His weeping prophet Jeremiah at the time of the destruction of Judah.
The entire premise for the BoM is set upon the idea an unknown prophet by the name of Lehi packed his bags to flee Jerusalem during the Babylonian takeover. He rounded up his family and some wives for his sons from the “Ishmaelites” to head out of town and after wandering in the wilderness for a few years in Egypt they set sail for the “new” Promised Land, aka America. This supposedly took place in BC 600 – the same time the Babylonians were marching into Jerusalem.
Now to think Jeremiah was the only prophet at that time would be a mistake as there were plenty of prophets, both good and bad. Jeremiah’s contemporaries included Ezekiel, Daniel, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Obadiah and Nahum. These mighty men of God obeyed the Lord and spoke only truth to the Israelites and the kings warning everyone of the impending doom. They also prophesied of God’s unending love for His people and eventual return after a 70 year exile even though they were about to be pummeled.
The other prophets mulling around Jerusalem at that time were ne’er-do-wells to the very core. False prophets like Urijah cried out Jeremiah was lying in Jeremiah 26:20-24 and sadly we see how many of the Israelites chose to believe the lies. They fled to Egypt for safety and met their end. They did this in spite of Jeremiah’s warning in Jeremiah 27:12-15 they’d die by sword, famine or pestilence if they stepped foot out of Jerusalem.
This lesson belabored their unapologetic stance of defending Joseph Smith’s stolen stories of a lost tribe of Israel. While using cherry-picked verses from Jeremiah to hammer home the need to obey their prophets today, they failed to mention any of Jeremiah’s warnings not to leave Jerusalem as “Lehi” did.
We’re praying someone in the class is a history buff or better yet a history teacher and will stop to question the validity of this lesson and subsequently the BoM itself! Ask the Mormon in your life if they believe Lehi obeyed God by going to Egypt.
With Love in Christ;
1 Cor 1:18