There Is No Peace… to the Wicked

Isaiah 57 This chapter starts with a consideration of the state of the righteous at the point of death. Isaiah points out that none really give the demise of the righteous much thought. But the blessings that follow the righteous, this is the end of it all, or in other words, this is the point …

My House Shall Be… For All People

Isaiah 56 The chapter starts with a call to righteousness. It doesn’t expressly say to “keep the commandments”. Rather it says to keep judgment, and do justice. Then there is the reminder that the Salvation of the Lord is near at hand. There is a second distinguishing characteristic of those who would do righteousness: they …

Neither Are Your Ways My Ways

Isaiah 55 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me this morning, as is also memories of the “Glory” soundtrack from my youth. This points me to the African nation and peoples of African descent, while also considering the words of this chapter that invite all to come and buy freely. God is not a …

In Righteousness Shalt Thou Be Established

Isaiah 54, See also 3 Nephi 22 (Unlike other chapters of Isaiah, referenced elsewhere in the Book of Mormon, I have not made a detailed study of chapter 54 yet.) This chapter starts with this premise: “more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife.” The meaning that I give …

A Man of Sorrows… Acquainted with Grief

Isaiah 53, See also Mosiah 14 (I am including the entirety of my study from Mosiah 14 made almost 10 years ago at the end of this post.) The first thing that stands out to me loudly this morning (21 Jun 2021), is that Christ is termed a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief …

Redeemed without Money

Isaiah 52 I don’t know why this chapter or rather many of the passages in this chapter are familiar to me. I am very much acquainted with the words of these prophecies. Beyond this, I feel the Spirit of the Lord so strongly testifying of the reality of these statements found throughout this chapter, especially …

In Whose Heart Is My Law

Isaiah 51, See also 2 Nephi 8 The audience for this chapter is defined in verse 1: Those who follow after righteous, who seek the Lord. (This picks up where the last chapter left us, that if we are trying to do what’s right and we still in darkness, then place your trust in the …

Trust in the Name of the Lord

Isaiah 50, see also 2 Nephi 7 Side details tell stories in themselves: the heavens are clothed with sackcloth? (See verse 3) We travel in space now. We send rovers to Mars. Yet what, if we could see it, is really being kept from our view? How do I “encompass myself about in sparks” instead …

Thou Art My Servant, Oh Israel

Isaiah 49, See also 1 Nephi 21 The first thought that impresses me in this reading is that the Lord is behind it all. It is His name’s honor that will be achieved in the end. “Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful,” (vs. 7) At …

The Lord Thy God… Teacheth Thee To Profit

Isaiah 48 Isaiah’s audience in this chapter is setup in verse one: members of the house of Israel by covenant (baptism) who swear by the name of the Lord, but not in truth, nor righteousness. How could one find themselves in such a position? Perhaps born into a community of believers but they themselves are …