There Was No Intercessor; Therefore, His Arm Brought Salvation unto Him

Isaiah 59 This chapter starts off with two very simple statements of fact: the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: So the Lord is capable of both saving and hearing. The next verse then states: But your iniquities have separated between you and your …

Is Not This the Fast that I Have Chosen? To Loose the Bands of Wickedness…

Isaiah 58 (I am much more intimately acquainted with the content of this chapter, probably more so than any other chapter in Isaiah. This chapter offers foundational promises and instruction in regard to fasting and Sabbath day observance.) It strikes me as very important that two of the strongest tools that I have at my …

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 …

O Virgin Daughter of Babylon

Isaiah 47 An entire chapter of Isaiah is dedicated to the demise of Babylon. This is a refreshing break from the previous theme of God verses the idols, but that one full chapter would be dedicated to this theme seems significant. It’s what Babylon represents and what it has represented. Babylon thought it could avoid …

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, …

Divided into Tribes

3 Nephi 7 So here in the midst of chaos and virtual anarchy among the people (i.e. people divided into tribes; government overthrown), Nephi continues in his righteousness, being richly blessed of the Lord. The account says that Nephi did minister with great power and authority among the people. The people in turn became angry …

The Wickedness and Abominations Which Are Among You

Helaman 9 In very dynamic fashion, Nephi demonstrates that prophets are fully aware ” of the wickedness and abominations which are among you. ” Suddenly my respect and appreciation to God for calling prophets in our day has increased. That their guidance and council keeps us safe from those influences that would destroy us is …

Ye Have Great Need to Marvel

Helaman 7 Earlier in chapter 6, it was noted that Nephi and Lehi, and also many Lamanites, went into the land northward to preach the word of God. Here at the beginning of chapter 7, it is noted that these efforts were utterly rejected. The wicked went unpunished because of their money. What made them …

The Lamanites Had Become… a Righteous People

Helaman 6 For the first time in the recorded history of the Nephites and Lamanites, the tables are turned, and the righteousness of the Lamanites as a people has exceeded that of Nephites. This is exceptionally notable. How did it happen? Why did it happen? Hardened and Impenitent In verse 1, the Lamanites’ righteousness is …