Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken

Isaiah 62 In verse 2, on the first day that I studied this chapter, I went down this side study on the footnote for “name”. Doctrine and Covenants 130:10-11 Abrham 3:3-17 (Wow!) Reading this, causes me to realize that there is much more at play here than what our present “reality” would have me to …

The City of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel

Isaiah 60 (This morning in prayer I was tasked with the assignment to write a description of the city of Zion. Then I came to realize that this is what I am studying presently.) This chapter starts with a command to “Arise, Shine” but the source of the light that we are to shine is …

Redeemed without Money

Isaiah 52 I don’t know why this chapter or rather many of the passages in this chapter are familiar to me. I am very much acquainted with the words of these prophecies. Beyond this, I feel the Spirit of the Lord so strongly testifying of the reality of these statements found throughout this chapter, especially …

Thou Art My Servant, Oh Israel

Isaiah 49, See also 1 Nephi 21 The first thought that impresses me in this reading is that the Lord is behind it all. It is His name’s honor that will be achieved in the end. “Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful,” (vs. 7) At …

My Counsel Shall Stand

Isaiah 46 This theme of idols verses God is repeated again in this chapter. Do we not put our confidence in dead works today just as much as they did in antiquity? Our idols are now electric powered. They are capable of artificial intelligence. And yet somehow, naively, these works of our hands are to …

Come to Zion with Songs and Everlasting Joy

Isaiah 35, Additional Insights This chapter is an anthem of Zion. It opens and closes with references to joy and singing. What is happening here is transformation, change, conversion all over, everywhere. Questions for next study: Where is the Lord in these verses? (Everywhere) What are the action items for me to take as a …

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 Sword, Not of a Mighty Man… Not of a Mean Man

Isaiah 31 This chapter feels almost like a reprise or summary of the previous chapter in more succinct terms. Verse 8 talks about the sword destroying the Assyrian, but Isaiah points out that it is not a mighty sword or a mean sword, but that it is nonetheless a sword that they will be fleeing …

An Ensign on the Mountains

Isaiah 18 This chapter deals with the gathering of a nation “scattered and peeled” throughout all the earth. The description of Israel includes “a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down.” Isaiah uses almost the same wording at the beginning and the end of the chapter to describe Israel. …

The Remnant of Israel… Shall Stay Upon the Lord

Isaiah 10 Thoughts from reading the chapter preface: Now Isaiah is speaking to Assyria (who was the much larger, real threat to Judah all along. Destruction of Assyria is foretold as a type for the Second Coming.) The end comes when the work of the Lord is completed (See vs. 12). Then the end of …