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Come Follow Me FHE Lesson - I Have Remembered My Covenant

Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – I Have Remembered My Covenant

Bringing the family of Israel to Egypt in the midst of the famine saved their lives, but many years later when the children of Israel had grown to a size that Pharaoh found threatening, he made the Israelites slaves to Egypt. God had made promises to Abraham and renewed them through Isaac and Jacob (Israel). His deliverance of the children of Israel reminds us that God keeps His promises. He remembers His covenants.

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Scripture

Exodus 6:5

And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.

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Hymn

Now Let Us Rejoice | Hymn #3

1. Now let us rejoice in the day of salvation.
No longer as strangers on earth need we roam.
Good tidings are sounding to us and each nation,
And shortly the hour of redemption will come,
When all that was promised the Saints will be given,
And none will molest them from morn until ev’n,
And earth will appear as the Garden of Eden,
And Jesus will say to all Israel, “Come home.”

2. We’ll love one another and never dissemble
But cease to do evil and ever be one.
And when the ungodly are fearing and tremble,
We’ll watch for the day when the Savior will come,
When all that was promised the Saints will be given,
And none will molest them from morn until ev’n,
And earth will appear as the Garden of Eden,
And Jesus will say to all Israel, “Come home.”

3. In faith we’ll rely on the arm of Jehovah
To guide thru these last days of trouble and gloom,
And after the scourges and harvest are over,
We’ll rise with the just when the Savior doth come.
Then all that was promised the Saints will be given,
And they will be crown’d with the angels of heav’n,
And earth will appear as the Garden of Eden,
And Christ and his people will ever be one.

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Read: Exodus 1:7-11

And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens.

Explain: When Jacob’s family, including all of his sons moved to Egypt, he had 70 family members there. God began fulfilling the promises to Abraham that he would have a great posterity. The family of Jacob (now called Israel) grew and grew and Pharaoh worried that if he didn’t keep the Israelites under control, they would threaten to take away his power. To keep himself in power, he made the posterity of Israel become the slaves of the Egyptians and set them to work doing hard labor.

Despite all their hard labor, the children of Israel continued to multiply and Pharaoh continued to fear he would lose power to them. He told the midwives (women who help other women deliver their babies), to kill any newborn sons delivered to the Israelite women. But, the midwives were faithful women and wouldn’t kill the newborn sons. Pharaoh now told everybody, not just the midwives, “Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive” (Exodus 1:22).

Ask: How did the faith of the midwives, who delivered the children of Israel, help to deliver the children of Israel from Pharaoh’s wicked plans?

Video: Watch this video to learn how Moses’ mother saved him from death, and how God called Moses to do His work of delivering Israel from bondage.

Read: God loved His chosen people. His covenants and promises are sure, even if it sometimes takes a while for the promise to be fulfilled.

Exodus 3:9-10: “Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.”

Testify: God delivered Moses from death and from bondage in miraculous ways. These were all examples of how nothing can stop God from keeping His promises and fulfilling His purposes. He can make a way for us to do impossible things if we put our trust in Him.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Review: Read and watch (above) the story of Moses’ birth among the enslaved children of Israel in Egypt.

Analogy for Our Day: Elder Robert D. Hales, the former apostle said,

“I join with faithful parents everywhere in declaring that we know who we are, we understand our responsibilities as parents, and we do not fear the wrath of the prince of darkness. We trust in the light of the Lord.

Like Jochebed, we raise our families in a wicked and hostile world—a world as dangerous as the courts of Egypt ruled by Pharaoh. But, like Jochebed, we also weave around our children a protective basket—a vessel called “the family”—and guide them to safe places where our teachings can be reinforced in the home and at church.

Ultimately, we guide them to the greatest of all houses of learning—the holy temple, where one day they can kneel, surrounded by their faithful family members, to be sealed for time and all eternity to a worthy companion. What they learned from us, they will teach their children, and the work of eternal families will go on.

Along the way, at times when our children are away from us, the Lord provides inspired “Miriams” to watch over them—special third-party helpers such as priesthood and auxiliary leaders, teachers, extended family, and worthy friends. Sometimes the Spirit prompts us as parents to seek special help beyond ourselves through such resources as doctors and qualified counselors. The Spirit will direct when and how such help should be obtained.”

Consider and Ask: How can our family live in greater faith and less fear like Moses’ mother Jochebed? How can we, as a family, act as a protection for one another against the dangers of the outside world?

Ask: How were God’s purposes fulfilled by the midwives of Egypt? How were they fulfilled through Moses’ mother? How were they fulfilled by Pharaoh’s daughter? How can we help to fulfill God’s purposes even if we aren’t called to be a prophet? How do our small and simple acts of obedience support the prophet today?

Testify: Just as Moses was delivered from death and bondage, we can also be delivered from spiritual death and bondage through Jesus Christ’s Atonement. Christ can deliver us from the suffering that accompanies breaking God’s commandments. When we feel inadequate, God can still make much more of us than we can be on our own—if we trust in Him and obey His commands.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Review: Read and watch the story of Moses’ birth, early salvation from death, growing years, and calling as a prophet to deliver the children of Israel from bondage, found above in the children’s section.

Consider or Journal: Moses could have lived out his days in the luxury of the household of Pharaoh, but he felt compassion for his brothers who were suffering in bondage, and felt the need to intervene on their behalf. Later, the seven daughters of Midian came to water their father’s flocks at the well, but shepherds drove away their herds. When Moses saw this, he “stood up and helped them, and watered their flock” (Exodus 2:17).

How can we, like Moses, stand up against injustice and protect those in a less fortunate position than ourselves?

Read or watch: Though we may feel inadequate to be a part of God’s great work, He can make more of us than we are. We can be part of the effort bringing and returning souls to Christ if we will have faith and courage. Read or watch this talk by Elder Mervyn B. Arnold about how we can help to rescue our brothers and sisters from the spiritual bondage of sin.

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