Later he goes on to say that Jesus Christ is at the center of the Abrahamic Covenant. That would be a shock to Abraham. "Jesus who?"I have spoken frequently about the importance of the Abrahamic covenant and the gathering of Israel. When we embrace the gospel and are baptized, we take upon ourselves the sacred name of Jesus Christ. Baptism is the gate that leads to becoming joint heirs to all the promises given anciently by the Lord to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their posterity.
“The new and everlasting covenant” (Doctrine and Covenants 132:6) and the Abrahamic covenant are essentially the same—two ways of phrasing the covenant God made with mortal men and women at different times.
I don't know what I'm missing, but to say Joseph Smith's "revelation" telling his wife that she will be destroyed if she gets in the way of him collecting a harem is a far cry from what was actually going on in the Abrahamic covenant. Nelson implies that Abraham getting it on with his wife's handmaiden is what the covenant was all about. He glosses over the fact that Abraham then allowed Sarai to send both Hagar and Ishmael, Abraham's firstborn, off in the desert to die. "Abram loved Ishmael," Nelson tells us, "but he was not to be the child through whom the covenant would pass."
Despite having been hammered over the head with it all my life, I have never understood the Abrahamic Covenant in the Mormon context. I'm finally realizing that if you read just a little bit between the lines it is really about justifying polygamy and reinforcing the rule of men over women, which then is extended to the rule of the church (they talk about Jesus but they mean the church) over men.
But the actual covenant Abram made with Yahweh has nothing to do with any of that. Abraham's Covenant was a fertility ritual and a real estate deal that promised Abraham children and property in exchange for killing animals and cutting off the end of his penis, and offering them to a Bronze Age tribal war god. But really it's not even that; it's a later invention of a kingdom to justify their brutal and bloody land grab from their neighbors.
Just as a quick sanity check, let's read the actual Abrahamic covenant from the actual Bible:
The Abrahamic Covenant that is waved around by the church is just another piece of Mormon vaporware. The Bible story was twisted in the early days of the church as a justification for polygamy, but the covenant part of the story has absolutely nothing to do with that. Now they're stuck with a horrible misinterpretation by early leaders and they have to try to twist it once again to fit current needs. Somehow it has become carrot on a stick to keep LDS priesthood holders on the "covenant path," whatever the hell that is, and to keep LDS women obedient to the magical authority those priesthood holders.Genesis 15: 5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
6 And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
7 And he said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.
8 And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?
9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.
18 In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,
21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
And somehow its also about Jesus Christ?
All those years I felt stupid for not connecting with the idea of the Abrahamic Covenant when all of these other priesthood guys were praising it as so essential and central. Now I understand why I didn't get it. It's a tangled mess.
Or can someone help me untangle it?