Monday, June 15, 2015

The Strict Law as a Type


30 Therefore there was a law given them, yea, a law of performances and of ordinances, a law which they were to observe strictly from day to day, to keep them in remembrance of God and their duty towards him.
31 But behold, I say unto you, that all these things were types of things to come. (Mosiah 13:30-31)

Abinadi asserts that the daily performances and ordinances of the Law of Moses were all types meant to prophesy of the future, and I suspect of Christ.  (I wonder if anyone has studied how those things typified Christ?)

In a way, the daily performances (separate from their symbolism) were a type of Christ and anticipated how He would be perfectly faithful. If the people made mistakes as they lived the Law, it was to remind them of their need for a Savior and lead them to repentance.

We could also say that the Law of Moses daily performances were a kind of all-encompassing sacrament, and just as the sacrament today instructs us to always remember Christ and keep His commandments, everything in the Law of Moses was supposed to remind the people of Christ.  I suppose the Lord wanted the people to imagine a day when they would keep the commandments constantly on their own and always remember Christ and His sacrifice.

Today, let’s think about every duty we do in terms of how it might remind us of Christ and His sacrifice.