Perfect Peace

Isaiah 26, See also Luke 1:46-55 Verses 1-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength: Verses 3 & 4 These verses feel very similar to the ones found over in …

Babylon… Shall Never Be Inhabited

Isaiah 13 The introduction of this chapter (verses 2-5) to me has much to do with temple worship and work. Though this talks of the Lord’s preparations against the world at the last and final battle, the wording in verses 2 and 3 draws a parallel to temple rites and ordinances. This is one of …

Because They Have No Knowledge

Isaiah 5 The first 7 verses of this chapter contain a parable of the Lord’s vineyard. There is also another version of the Lord’s vineyard found in Doctrine and Covenants 101:43–58. Both are compelling and notable for their distinct differences. In the account found in Section 101, the servants were slothful in erecting a tower, …

They Shall Eat the Fruit of Their Doings

Isaiah 3 First thought as I go into chapter 3 is how well organized was the Lord with his people. Ample provisions of leadership and judgment should have been a safety net for the people to keep them in the ways of righteousness. All these were taken away in their wickedness. Similarly, this is how …

The Last Days… The Day of the Lord of Hosts

Isaiah 2 ( My thoughts as I read this are extremely personal, and of personal direction. Teaching the Gospel within my family is the single most important responsibility. But of course there are other responsibilities. ) Verse 5: A familiar primary song comes to mind when I read: “O house of Jacob, come ye, and …

Ye Do Cast Out the Prophets

Helaman 13 The voice of the Lord comes to Samuel telling him to return to Zarhelma, and to “prophesy unto the people whatsoever things should come into his heart.” Notice the mode of communication! That which should come into his heart, that he should prophesy unto the people. A prophet standing on a city wall …

Among those also who professed to belong to the church of God

Helaman 4 Amidst an account of war amongst the Nephites and Lamanites, verse 11 reads as follows (emphasis added): Now this great loss of the Nephites, and the great slaughter which was among them, would not have happened had it not been for their wickedness and their abomination which was among them; yea, and it …

In the Sincerity of Thier Hearts

Helaman 3 In verse 15, amidst accounts of the growth and prosperity of the Nephite nation we get this short little verse that points out that the Nephites were they that kept records of all sorts. This little bit of insight comes to me at a time, when I’ve been contemplating records, and record-keeping. It …

Among the Number Who Where Slain

Helaman 1 This morning I’ve read the first 13 verses and am drawn to the fact that wickedness was protected by covenant or oath. But then I’m also asking the question, why do we see it as such as wrong thing (we = modern culture) to bind ourselves by covenant especially in matters of righteousness. …