121.2: Ezekiel and the River of Life; OT Lesson 44 (Study Notes)

November 27, 2014

Engaging Gospel Doctrine

 “Every Thing Shall Live Whither the River Cometh”


Class Member Reading: Ezekiel 43; 44; 47; Revelation 22:1-3; 1 Nephi 8:10-11; 1 Nephi 11:25

Additional Reading: None

Other Reading: None


This lesson focuses on the temple, but I suggest we focus first on the water–the water that gives life and healing. The scriptures teach that this water, the tree of life and its fruit all represent the love of God. This portion discusses historical context as well as the relationship between temple and well-being.


You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)

3 Responses to “121.2: Ezekiel and the River of Life; OT Lesson 44 (Study Notes)”

  1. Ryan Mullen Says:

    I recently read Ezekiel 38-39 for seminary. I’m curious what you make of Ezekiel’s description that all the soldiers will fight on horseback and the weapons will be wooden. Doesn’t sound like a modern war at all.


    • Jared Anderson Says:

      Indeed it doesn’t. I would expect Ezekiel to describe his visions according to his contemporary historical context.


      • Ryan Mullen Says:

        That’s an argument against the vision being visual, or against it’s being a vision of a future (to us) war, no?

        I’m trying to get a feel for why we read these chapters as being in our future, and I’m not coming up with much.


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