A Cursory Exploration of The Higher and Lower Laws

Throughout the scriptures, the authors use a framework of The Higher and Lower Laws to present their stories and lessons.

We find this framework, consistently, throughout each of the standard works and in each dispensation because these two laws are a core part of an eternal gospel.

A Cursory Exploration of The Higher and Lower Laws

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A Cursory Explanation of the Higher and Lower Laws

 

so there are several filters that I have

learned to study the Scriptures through

over the years they are consistently

emerging as principles throughout each

of the standard works and they kind of

bring all of the standard works together

under a common theme that makes it very

obvious that the authors of each of the

books of the Scriptures have a clear

understanding of these paradigms

one of these paradigms or themes that I

focus a lot on is the higher in the

lower law it is very apparent to me that

well as I have gone through the

scriptures and studied them that this

has become a very consistent principle

that the authors are writing about in

other words they all have a knowledge of

it and it makes it obvious that the that

the gospel is being preached

anciently as it is being preached today

in many ways with the restored church in

other words one of the ways we look at

the higher and the lower laws is by

looking at the Melchizedek and the

ironic priesthood so this is something

very unique to the work Christian world

and that is having this higher

priesthood this Melchizedek Priesthood

and a lower priesthood the Aaronic

priesthood and keeping these things

separate and it’s very very important

that we do this throughout all of the

scriptures the prophets write about this

it’s hard to find sometimes but once you

keep your eyes open for this you will

start seeing this pattern the develops

this emerging pattern of preparation

with the Aaronic priesthood

and the blessings that come through

eternal life with the Melchizedek

Priesthood so there’s these two sides

consistently I want to start with Moses

on Sinai you know I’m not going to go into

a lot of depth I do want to do a series

on the higher and lower law and go into

this and a lot more depth but I think

that by doing an episode right now on

this as I talk more about things in the

future will be more on the same page

you’ll have a clearer understanding of

where I’m coming from and the insights

that that I might be expressing with the

scriptures in some of these episodes so

we start with Moses at Sinai and here’s

the picture Moses has taken the children

of Israel out of Egypt he has gone –

gone into the Mount Sinai he goes up the

mountain and he is he sees God he’s

having this incredible experience he

sees a vision in this vision he sees the

seven days of creation this is an

important point to understand about the

temple we oftentimes think about the

seven days of creation and are you a

creationist or are you an evolutionist

do you take the Bible literally well yes

and no I think is your answer to that

it’s my answer to that Moses has a

vision and it might even be a seven-day

vision and each of those days is

represented by what he sees in this

vision so Genesis opens up in an what we

would call an apocalyptic vision just as

Daniel would have or Christ had when he

was tempted by Satan or Lehigh has Lehi

and Nephi has Abraham has this this is a

vision and so as you see the creation

and folding think of it in those terms

it is not something that’s at the

beginning of history we oftentimes open

up Genesis 1 and think well this is the

beginning of history it’s not

this is a vision that Moses has that is

revealed to him that is about principles

eternal principles and he takes those

principles and he brings that drama a

replay of the drama of his vision into

the temple so there is a creation drama

and this is common among pretty much

most if not all religions worldwide in

their temples this creation drama and

and then the temple itself the

tabernacle and later the Temple of

Solomon is built after these seven

periods of creation so from the time you

go into the temple to the time you get

to the Holy of Holies we’re actually

moving back outward from the Holy of

Holies you have this succession of seven

different periods and seven different

specific locations within the temple so

it’s built around this it’s a vision one

of the principles in the creation that

is expressed is that of a higher and a

lower law in fact in Genesis 1:1 and I’m

paraphrasing it basically says God

created the earth the heaven and the

earth

it starts off that way and in many ways

we can look at this as look this is how

the gospel sees things there is heaven

and there is earth there is or

everything is represented by either

heaven or by earth or by something

higher or by something lower so for

example the monk is it expressed hood

would represent heaven the Aaronic

priesthood represents earth and we see

this in sections 84 and 107 where we get

a clear understanding that the Aaronic

priesthood is a carnal priesthood we see

that sometimes as a negative term and it

is but it’s also a true term with the

Aaronic priesthood

it is only carnal and it can only get

you so far

that’s an important point throughout the

history of the

gospel and of the teachings of the

prophets in the scriptures we’re going

to cover that briefly so heaven and

earth we have the Melchizedek priesthood

and the Aaronic priesthood so he’s up on

Sinai Moses seeing this vision he comes

back down with the fullness of the

gospel and what do we mean by the

fullness we mean all of the ordinances

all of the right the proper laws of the

higher law of the Melchizedek Priesthood

where the Melchizedek Priesthood will be

given to many men of many different

tribes and probably even Gentiles

outside of the Israelites because it is

not a priesthood that is based on

genealogy of your lineage and so it even

says in Exodus that God wants a nation

of priests not just the sons of Aaron as

we end up getting but he wants a nation

of priests and a nation of Royals of

royal priests of kings and queens this

is the royal priest of the mystic

priesthood and as he comes back down

from Sinai of course Aaron is has made

the golden calf that’s a separate

podcast and the Israel children of

Israel are dancing around and worshiping

the golden calf and Moses ends up having

to go back up Sinai he takes the tablets

that he has and we know this

specifically in the joke from the Joseph

Smith translation and he breaks them

because the children of Israel are

obviously not ready for the higher law

and in fact they specifically say this

is the children of Israel that they are

not ready to see the face of God they

don’t want to see the face of God in

other words they’re not going to be

allowed to come up the mountain and as

you recall in that story

they can’t even touch the base of it the

animals can’t even touch the base of the

mountain or it says that they’re going

to die because they are not ready for

because they don’t have the glory

covering them we represent that glory by

robes and that glory of the Melchizedek

priesthood is not going to be covering

them and so they are not ready to ascend

the mountain back up with Moses they

reject it the children of Israel reject

the Melchizedek Priesthood and the

fullness of the gospel and specifically

again they reject the opportunity to see

the face of God I’ll think about that

and what that’s implying that’s

implying that they are not ready and

willing to go into the Holy of Holies to

go through the veil into the Holy of

Holies and so what ends up happening is

that only the high priest and the King

later on and maybe a few other

individuals and the prophets are able to

actually go through the veil and go into

the Holy of Holies because they rejected

them on Keswick priesthood

so Moses goes back up he praised the

Lord says that he’s going to destroy

Israel the Israelites Moses in a kind of

a messianic experience he says that he

wants to atone for the Israelites he

wants to pay for the sins pretty much

he’s saying take me instead take me

don’t harm the Israelites please these

people these are my people and so the

Lord says okay I’m not going to harm

them but here’s how we’re going to operate

here how is how here’s how we’re going to

move forward I’m going to give you a

lower law and that lower law is not

going to include the same ordinances

it’s going to limit the priesthood to a

lower level of priesthood, which is only

going to be given to a certain lineage

which is the Levites and the priests the

office of priests itself the highest

office there is only going to be given

to the sons of Aaron who is a Levite

Moses is a Levite by the way but he has

the Melchizedek priesthood we know that from

the doctrine covenants given to him from

his father-in-law Jethro so he comes

back down with this lower law and it’s

the from there we get the Law of Moses

and it is ironic based law and so

they’ve rejected this they now are going

to have to roam in the wilderness for

forty years until they finally able to

come into the Promised Land at that

point and so then we end up with a

mostly ironic running priesthood in the

temple from that time forth all the way

down to the time of Christ

now the prophets had the Melchizedek

priesthood more than likely maybe there

were some others the kings certainly had

the Melchizedek priesthood they are it’s a

royal priesthood and they were able

to go into the Holy of Holies there was

a whole festival that during the

Feast of Tabernacles that had a temple

drama and the Kings would represent Adam

they would represent the people in the

congregation they would represent

themselves as the king and the queen and

they would represent the king would

represent Jehovah as well in the Holy of

Holies sitting on the God’s throne so

reject it so this is kind of a focal

point to understand this higher and

lower laws and why it’s such an

important issue and how we see in the

restored gospel that’s playing out

throughout all of the scriptures not

just in modern times and far from the

time of Joseph Smith so we can also then

take a step back to Genesis again and we

can see a higher in a lower law what do

we see we see we see a tree of knowledge

of good and evil and a tree of life or

really a tree of eternal

life would probably be more specific one

is a lower law one is a higher law

they’re both good they’re both good

they’re both necessary just as the

Aaronic priesthood and the Melchizedek

priesthoods are necessary and we first

you see Adam and Eve partake of they

have a fall from a higher law or a

middle ground somewhere probably a

higher law into a lower law as they

partake of the fruit of the tree of

knowledge of good and evil and so they

fall into a lower state and then from

there their job is to try and now move

back from that fall into full blessings

of the Melchizedek Priesthood and get

themselves back to the Tree of Life

which the Lord has now placed cherubim

and a flaming sword in front of to guard

it so the Lord saying look you cannot

come back to the Tree of Life on your

own the tree of the cherubim represent

justice that’s something that is

standing in their way because they’re

not perfect Adam and Eve are not perfect

and of course Adam and Eve is all of us

and because they’re not perfect they

have to pass through justice with a

sword of justice guardians in front of

the Tree of Life which is a

representation of Christ it’s a

representation of the mother it’s a

representation of eternal life and it’s

a representation of the holy of holies

or the celestial room and so there’s

Guardians now right there are guardians

that are placed in front of that because

of justice and we needs help in order to

get past those guardians we need

somebody to intervene for us and that’s

where the Savior comes in all right

moving down we see this again in the

Book of Abraham we’re right from the

get-go Abraham

starts off by saying that he is a

righteous man he’s a good man but he

wants greater righteousness I’m

paraphrasing here he wants a higher

level of righteousness he wants all of

the blessings of the patriarchs and that

means that he wants to be a high priest

he wants to get the Melchizedek

Priesthood and be a high priest and so

he goes from a lower position to a

higher position

this is re-emphasized the creation story that’s

in the Book of Abraham also the same

thing as their Abraham if you read

through the Book of Abraham he has a

vision this is all about a vision all

the crazy stuff about Kolob and the

other planets and all these other things

this is not something he’s describing as

a scientific he is describing a vision

and that the creation is a part of that

these are symbols these are symbols that

have representations and so as he has

caught up in the spirit and he has this

this vision he sees the vision of the

creation I would imagine that Christ saw

the creation of the vision of the

creation and that John the Revelator saw

the creation as a vision and that Nephi

had a vision and Lehi part of their

vision was probably something of the

creation that would be a typical

apocalyptic vision that a prophet would

have and so Abraham then in his vision

of the creation of course has God

created the heaven and the earth and by

the way going through that whole

creation process there is the joining

first the splitting apart of everything

right everything is broken apart so you

have light coming in against darkness

and you have the sky and heavens and you

have earth down below you have the

waters being split and Lane

coming in and then you have the seeds

categorized and set apart the

different foliage and then the animals

are categorized and you know apart from

each other and then you have a

separation with human life and then that

human life atom is separated also and

it’s Adam and Eve right from the rib and

then the whole idea from then on out for

the ancient Israelites for their annual

festival was the covenant of peace and

the covenant of peace meant holding all

of these things back together binding

them all back together just like you

would with marriage well as Adam and Eve

were basically split apart from each

other the job is for them to work their

way back to be one flesh again and

that’s the way everything is supposed to

be to be one heart one mind right to be

brought every all of everything to be

brought back together and that is the

process of creation as everything’s

pulled apart at least into two separate

things at least just like the ironic

crease of the Melchizedek Priesthood and

then try to bring those things together

later on the New Testament we see this

event happen immediately with the

baptism of Jesus and I’ve gone over this

previously but just to re-emphasize

there is no better example in the

scriptures of bringing together the

Aaronic and the Melchizedek Priesthood

then at Jesus’s baptism that is what the

authors are portraying here with you

know in in Matthew 3:11 I believe here

yes Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you

with water unto repentance so this is

John the Baptist saying I have the

ironic priesthood i baptize you with

water but he that cometh after me is

mightier than I whose shoes I am not

worthy to bear he shall baptize you with

the Holy Ghost and with fire

that is the Melchizedek Priesthood

and one thing we fall short on I think

in talking about the time of Jesus is

understanding that this is a restoration

of the gospel a full restoration

including the fullness of the priesthood

and the Melchizedek priesthood and all of

the authors in the New Testament talk

about this preach about this testify of

this restoration of the Melchizedek

priesthood of the higher law and as

Christ representing the new Melchizedek

especially the book of Hebrews when you

get there so here’s this representation

again of a lower law and a higher law

and making sure that they are separate I

mean here all the time in the Old

Testament and in the Book of Mormon

there has been a prophecy of a

forerunner of an Elias which is John the

Baptist well John the Baptist is a

representation of who would come right

before Christ but he’s also a

representation of a principle which is

the principle of all things carnal all

things temporal all things that man does

to try and reach up to heaven so in

sections 84 and 107 we read about

certain attributes of the ironic

priesthood of the lower law such as

prayer right we pray up to God so using

the altar of incense in Solomon’s Temple

would be an ironic priesthood function

right the incense being a

representation of the prayers going up

to heaven obedience and commandments the

this is all a part of preparing

ourselves to receive Christ to receive

the spirit in the higher law the

eternal life into our lives we see this

in the sacrament where we still keep

that

separate importantly because it’s a

lower law and a higher law one is carnal

and temporal and one is higher and

eternal and spiritual and so we have the

renewal not only of a baptism of water

and then a baptism of the Spirit

representing the Aaronic and the

Melchizedek priesthoods the temporal and

the spiritual but we also have the

sacrament as a renewal which does the

same thing it’s a renewal of the baptism

by water the temporal baptism and the

baptism of the Spirit which is the

spiritual baptism so we have two

separate emblems that we participate

with in in the sacrament and by the way

you’ll see that one of the big

differences in the two sacrament prayers

is that the commandments are mentioned

in the blessing on the bread because

that is an ironic priesthood function

obedience Commandments repentance and

another big one we’re not going to go

over now is speech speech is a huge deal

with the Aaronic priesthood and then

also in the New Testament we see a

specific the specific message of the

higher in the lower laws from Christ all

over the place here’s an example real

quick Matthew 23 13 but woe unto you

scribes and Pharisees and hypocrites for

ye shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against

men the kingdom of heaven is the

fullness of the gospel represented by a

king the Kingdom of Heaven is the

Melchizedek Kingdom the king is the

Melchizedek priest the king that’s what

Melchizedek means king of righteousness

or Prince of Peace even we could say for

you shut up the Kingdom of Heaven

against men for you neither go in

yourselves neither suffer ye them that

are entering to go in why because

they’re holding them back at a lower law

at an erotic level and this is Christ’s

message you are at a lower level at a

carnal at 8

temper level and you need to move beyond

this back where I wanted you to be

originally with Moses where you are

participating everyone is participating

in a higher law higher ordinances a

higher temple ceremony etc and then we

can go down and see throughout well

throughout the tests the Gospels we

can also see this conflict that arises

between Moses and Jesus and it seems

that constantly the Jews are trying to

bring up Moses because what they have

done is they have elevated Moses to the

pinnacle right instead of Christ Christ

has been removed at some point and

started back in the seventh century

maybe earlier 7th century BC and they

have removed Christ from the pinnacle

and replaced him with Moses and Moses is

everything and so that becomes the

conflict if you listen to Jesus’s words

and later the Apostles words as they’re

trying to battle against this concept of

having Moses at the top if you remember

in the book of Mormon even it even

though Nephi is writing first Nephi in

kind of a an exodus thematic format he

is using the Moses with Laman and Lemuel

to teach them about the gospel because

Laman and Lemuel represent the lower law

they have agreed with the Jews in

Jerusalem a different party there

apparently that has dismissed Christ and

that has elevated Moses and so Nephi

appeals to Laman and Lemuel through

Moses because Moses did testify of

Christ and

Nephi wants to teach about Christ and

about the redemption in the atonement

and Laman and Lemuel just really don’t

want to have anything to do with it they

have fallen to a lower law and a lower

ideology that is at an erotic level at a

carnal or temporal level and because

Christ is the representative of the

Melchizedek Priesthood and everything

about the higher law the spiritual law

the Melchizedek law is about Christ and

therefore when you dismiss Christ you

dismiss everything of the higher law and

then you find later in the Book of

Mormon this is the theme throughout the

Book of Mormon because this is the

environment that Lehi and Nephi came out

of in Jerusalem an environment where

Jesus not Jesus but the Messiah had been

dismissed and that’s why we call it

another testament of Christ and that’s

why he Phi is we teach of Christ we

preach of Christ it’s all about Christ

because they know what happens when that

is removed it’s what they came out of

that is what the environment that they

had when they were in Jerusalem and then

you have these anti Christ’s of core

whore and knee whore these are

Antichrist and the authors and Mormon

are specifically emphasizing these

experiences because they want to

emphasize that this is about Christ and

that that their family Lehi and Nephi

came out of an environment where Christ

had been dismissed and that they are

going to emphasize Christ another

example of this in the Book of Mormon

very specific about the ironic law and

the Law of Moses and the higher law is

with a Ben a die a Bennett I against

King Noah and the his priests

and the whole crux of this argument is

about Christ it is not about what many

in Mormon scholarship circles have

concluded is more of a self-righteous

nationalism as they interpret section or

Isaiah 52 that is not what this is about

this is about Christ and a bin and I is

saying you have misunderstood the law of

Moses that’s where you want to stay you

you have reasons for wanting to remain

with only the Law of Moses just as the

people in Jerusalem had but I am here to

preach about Christ and about the higher

law and in fact everything about the law

of Moses the ironic law points towards

something else something higher and you

need to accept that higher law and you

need to accept what goes with that which

is the atonement and the sacrifice in

Christ and mercy and they want nothing

to do with it and in fact the reason the

specific reason that Abinadi is put

to death is not because he’s making them

mad because he’s telling them that

they’re being bad boys it is not because

he’s telling them that they are not the

righteous branch of the of the

Israelites it’s if you really look at

this you’ll see that the whole reason

that a Ben and I was killed was because

he was preaching about Christ and he was

preaching that Christ that Jehovah

would come down in the flesh and that he

would take upon him the sins of the

world and redeem mankind and that’s why

they kill him and that’s why his

explanation Obinna dies explanation of

Christ being both the Son and the father

is so important here

he specifically says here that he is the

son because he takes on flesh he falls

he condescends to a lower, Aaronic

temporal place but he is the father

because he overcomes it all and we

become his children by following him and

by repenting and accepting him and being

baptized and that again is talking about

the two different laws with him being

the son and the father in a sense and

this is an important thing for all of us

because this is the gospel the gospel is

about progression the gospel is about

taking two separate things our bodies

and the laws that we live within here in

mortality and then using our spirit our

will and overcoming all of these things

and bringing them together and of course

in a what we would call a Mormon

resurrection and what I mean by that is

actually having a physical resurrection

with a glorified body

we are literally bringing together the

temporal or carnal with the spiritual

and the spiritual raises the carnal and

glorifies it and purifies it and so and

that’s what the gospel is all about it’s

it’s getting ourselves into a position

where we are living a higher law because

we’ve progressed through the lower law

and we are also reaching down and

helping others and pulling them up and

helping them to progress so it is

crucial I believe to understand the

scriptures in this way and to see them

in this type of a format as you go

through the scriptures you will find

this over and over again from the

authors of these books they know what

they’re saying they understand there is

a lower and a higher law and they are

writing about it constantly and I will

do a series on this that goes

specifically into the scriptures

and gives several examples throughout

all of the Scriptures of how this higher

and lower law works and then how we

apply this so look for this in the

scriptures you’ll see preparation you’ll

see repentance and then you’ll see

Christ and the blessings that come in

after that you’ll see a lower law and a

higher law but you’re going to see that

they work together consistently and that

they have to be brought together that

they’re never we never leave behind a

lower law the Law of Moses is fulfilled

but we never leave behind the carnal we

have to bring it with us and purify it

and make it better so that’s the higher

in the lower law I hope that helps you

to understand where I come from at times

in future episodes because I use that

quite a bit as we go through and try and

glean specific insights throughout the

scriptures thanks for your time

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