“And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two other tables of stone, like unto the first, and I will write upon them also, the words of the law, according as they were written at the first on the tables which thou brakest; but it shall not be according to the first . . .” –JST Exod 34:1
Why did the Lord Restore two different priesthoods?
Why wasn’t one enough? Either one?
Why was the Aaronic Priesthood restored first, and the Melchizedek Priesthood restored separately?
One way to enlighten your understanding of scripture, the restoration, the temple and the gospel as a whole is to recognize the Lord’s focus on the Higher and the Lower laws. Once you understand this principle, you will see it everywhere throughout the scriptures. It is spelled out plainly over and over again but rarely surmised and rarely “charted”. These laws are associated and correlate with the covenants, authorities and duties of the two priesthoods and are a primary focus of our modern temple experience.
By separating them (and this is not easy), we learn to be more Christ-like and focus on the most important things in our lives while still understanding the lesser but imperative importance of the less important things. I hope I can explain this well enough through a series of posts using several scriptural examples from each of our books of scripture. But first let’s look at the “whole” and so that we can better understand the “parts”.
A common theme of the Joseph Smith and his restoration scripture is the focus on Abraham, Moses and a little known individuals named Melchizedek. Lets go to Moses first:
Joseph Smith’s translation of the bible has some very rich changes to the King James Version. One is the story of Moses, the Children of Israel and Mount Sinai. The translation says that,
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The most extensive “re-do” for Joseph Smith on the King James Bible is found in Genesis, with the two central figures being Melchizedek and Abraham.
When Moses first climbed Sinai after the Israelites escape from Egypt, he met with God, who gave him a set of tablets with the law of God . . . .
with the weight of interceding with God for his people, he
They fit beautifully into gospel principles and doctrine and help us understand why the Lord restores the gospel and priesthood the way He does, and how the gospel is designed to help us progress.
In ?????, John the Baptist is teaching his disciples on the Jordan.
Book of Hebrews
Dead Sea Scrolls