The Fulfilling of the Covenant

3 Nephi 20 (More than I year ago, I departed from my study of the Book of Mormon to read from the words of Isaiah. Now I am returning to the Book of Mormon.) This chapters discusses in some detail “the fulfilling of the covenants which the Father hath made unto his people, [the] house …

The Lord God Shall… Call His Servants By Another Name

Isaiah 65 The rejection of Israel and the establishment of a Millennial Zion are juxtaposed in these verses. In the contemplation of why God rejects Israel, there is the discovery of temptations and tendencies that are common to discipleship, and which may be experience perhaps no other way. A common critique of the Scribes and …

They Are My People, Children That Will Not Lie

Isaiah 63 Chapter 63 starts with some bold statements about the Lord and his vengeance. The wicked will be destroyed. Just like the destruction of squash bugs in the garden. In one evening, they are gathered together, thrown into the fire. It is helpful for me to keep perspective in what this day of vengeance …

Ye Are My Witnesses

Isaiah 43 This chapters starts with a statement of ownership. Israel belongs to the Lord. The Being that is both responsible for their creation and the details of that creation, He it is who also has concerned Himself with Israel’s redemption. (I am thinking of my own family formed under covenant with Him and my …

What Confidence Is This Wherein Thou Trustest?

Isaiah 36 & 37 Compared to the previous sections, these next two chapters are more of a historical read about Hezekiah, king of Judah, against the Assyrian empire. The premise upon which the representative from the King of Assyria came up to Judah was two fold: Assyria was mightier than Egypt now. Judah could not …

Zion Shall Be Redeemed

Isaiah 1 This introductory chapter illustrates quite vividly the issues at hand: Israel has departed from righteousness, and has sold herself for sin. There is also here both and invitation to return and also the hopeful prophecy that Zion will be redeemed. Righteousness herein is defined as: Learning to do well Seeking judgment Relieving the …

“It Is a Light Thing”

Isaiah 49 In 3 Nephi 23, the Savior testifies of the prophet Isaiah: For surely he spake as touching all things concerning my people which are of the house of Israel; atherefore it must needs be that he must speak also to the Gentiles.And all things that he spake have been and ashall be, even …

The Book of Ezra, Chapters 1-3

The Book of Ezra Feeling the need to better understand the Old Testament, I’m jumping over there for the morning, and opening the book of Ezra, of which I know nothing about.  So I’m starting here in the Bible Dictionary. The first thing that I find particularly noteworthy is the time period. Though Ezra appears …