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 …

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 …

That He Might Know All that Was in His Heart

Isaiah 39 In my initial reading of this chapter, assuming that I am reading correctly, there are four things that strike me as curious and odd about this passage: My understanding is that Hezekiah is a righteous king. If being righteous, why did he share with his Babylonian visitors a display of all his wealth? …

Look Upon Zion, the City of Our Solemnities

Isaiah 33 Again continuing with prophecies of forthcoming events, Isaiah starts this chapter playing around with the theme of spoils. He first speaks of those who dedicate themselves to the spoiling of others, and decrees that such will become their end: spoiled and dealt with treacherously. But then Isaiah talks about the Lord’s spoils in …

The Work of Righteousness Shall Be Peace

Isaiah 32 There is much to make note of in this chapter. This is another chapter of prophecy looking forward to the time preceding and at the Second Coming of our Lord. Christ is declared here as a King that shall reign in righteousness, with others serving around him as princes. This is a preview …

Shall a Man Look to His Maker

Isaiah 17 This chapter is an indictment against Israel. But it also is a warning against anyone that would oppress Israel. Hands off says the Lord! Israel is not to be punished to the benefit of other nations. These garden analogies are very poignant in my situation. I understand both the analogy and the real …

In the Fear of the Lord

Isaiah 11 The opening of this chapter gives us a glimpse into the millennial reign of Christ. We find such paradoxical descriptions as a lamb and a lion lying down together being lead by a small child. (see vs. 6) There is also a brief description of how we will arrive at this state of …

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 …

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 …

Blessed

3 Nephi 12:1-12 Additional Resources Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit Wo unto you poor men, whose hearts are not broken, whose spirits are not contrite, and whose bellies are not satisfied, and whose hands are not stayed from laying hold upon other men’s goods, whose eyes are full of greediness, and who will not …