What is the “Promise of Moses?”
Yea, thus prophesied Joseph: I am sure of this thing, even as I am sure of the promise of Moses.”
(2 Nephi 3:16, The Book of Mormon.)
The Book of Mormon prophet, Lehi, prophetically blessed his child Joseph, who was born in the wilderness, that his posterity “shall not utterly be destroyed.” (2 Nephi 3:3.)
To emphasis this point, Lehi calls upon the record of Joseph, who was sold into Egypt. Lehi relates that Joseph was sure that his posterity would be preserved, just as sure as he was foreseeably sure of the “promise of Moses.”
So what is the “promise of Moses” that Joseph saw in the future? The answer is found in the Exodus:
Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:
And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the Lord. (Exodus 6:6-8)
The Promise of Moses:
- Removed from Bondage.
- Covenant to be God’s People.
- Inherit the Promised Land.
And how did Joseph know anything about Moses?
And the Lord hath said: I will raise up a Moses; and I will give him power in a rod.” (2 Nephi 3:17.)