Moses and his people

From the Sunday School lesson I will teach this coming week:

18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.

19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

- Exodus 20

The Lord revealed the following about this fragmentary account:

23 Now this Moses plainly taught to the children of Israel in the wilderness, and sought diligently to sanctify his people that they might behold the face of God;

24 But they hardened their hearts and could not endure his presence; therefore, the Lord in his wrath, for his anger was kindled against them, swore that they should not enter into his rest while in the wilderness, which rest is the fulness of his glory.

25 Therefore, he took Moses out of their midst, and the Holy Priesthood also;

26 And the lesser priesthood continued, which priesthood holdeth the key of the ministering of angels and the preparatory gospel;

- D&C 84

  • Why was the Lord driven to anger by a people that could not endure his presence?
  • How are hard hearts and enduring the presence of the Lord connected?
  • Was sanctifying the people a prerequisite to entering the Lord's presence, or was it by entering His presence that the people would be sanctified?