That Confirmeth the Word of His Servant

Isaiah 44 I have read through this last few chapters with clarity and ease of understanding. Why? Surely the Spirit of the Lord is upon me in these days, but I feel that I have done little, nay, nothing to merit such a blessing. So it is with the Lord. Continuing with the theme of …

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 …

Watchman, What of the Night?

Isaiah 20, 21 Prophets are what make this thing real. It is what connects humanity to the heavens. It should be noted the that nakedness (see vs 2) spoken of in Isaiah 20 is generally assumed to be a debasing of garments, not utter nakedness. In chapter 21, the destruction of so many countries and …

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, …

Him Will I Raise Up

3 Nephi 15:1-10 At the end of the first verse, the Savior gives the promise of being raised up. The footnotes, show that this promise was reiterated by prophets throughout the scriptures, especial in the Book of Mormon and strongly ties obedience to the commandments of the Lord with the first Resurrection. The next nine …

“Behold, I am Jesus Christ”

3 Nephi 11:9-11 Having previously analyzed the Father’s introduction of the Savior, I now venture here to analyze the Savior’s own words in introducing himself. Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world. And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk …

Unto the Fulfilling of the Prophecies of Many of the Holy Prophets

3 Nephi 10 Today’s thoughts are more a commentary on the need for scripture study. Before my studies today, I was easily provoked, angry, and vengeful. During my scripture study, I am comtemplating the need for patience, forgiveness, and continuance in the course laid out before me. This particular set of scriptures is curious on …

According to the Words of the Prophets

3 Nephi 1 An important theme of Christ’s personal misistry is taught here in these verses: I will fulfil all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets. Verse 13 This brings to memory Doctrine and Covenants 1:38 (what I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken… whether …

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 …

Ripening Again for Destruction

Helaman 11 I’ve been reading this passage of scripture for 3 days now. What have I been missing in my readings? The Lord and the proactive nature of the work of prophets. It is not normal for the Lord to intervene in the external affairs of man, but here is a prophet of God is …