Thursday, January 26, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 24

Well, I love these verses in chapter 24! Here we have Isaiah talking to the king of Babylon (and of course, spiritually speaking he is talking to Lucifer), and Isaiah is doing the exact same thing! He's rubbing his nose in it!

Vs. 4 ~ In the end we'll get to sing a song to Lucifer... and not just any song, but a proverb, which is a satirical song. In a sing-song sort of way we get to go "Na-na-na-na-na-na! We beat you!" to the adversary. Lol. Well it sounds good anyway.

Vs. 5-8 ~ He stops talking to the king and is representing the victorious army now. The whole earth is at rest! Also, we can read v8 as an environmental statement or one along the lines of "Since the king of Babylon has fallen there are no more wars! No one is cutting down the trees of the forest anymore!"

Vs. 9 The king of Babylon (and Lucifer) is going to hell and everyone in hell is going to meet and greet him there. This will be the ultimate coronation as all the "great kings" line up to greet him, their king of kings. Who will he see? How about Caesar? Alexander the Great? Ivan the Terrible? Certainly Hitler... all lined up as their king of kings makes his entrance into hell to join all them.

Vs.10 ~ The "greats" will say to him, "What? YOU? Not even YOU could hold onto your power either?"

Vs. 11 ~ "YOU'RE defeated, too? Well, we're not going to roll out the red carpet, sound the trumps, and put the royal robe on YOU then! Let the worms have at you!" (Don't you just love Isaiah's great sarcasm? He is soooo sarcastic!)

Vs. 12 ~ "Lucifer" means "light carrier." He literally was once a carrier of light. But he fell from heaven to the earth, and now from earth to hell.

Vs. 13 ~ The "stars of God" are you and I. Lucifer wanted to exalt himself above all of us, even the Morning Star, Jesus Christ Himself. He wished to be the equivalent to the head god sitting on the top of Mount Olympus in Greek mythology. In reality the opposite will happen. He'll fall lower than all.

Vs. 14 ~ The god of hell wants to be the one on top.

Vs. 15-17 ~ This is the ultimate humiliation to Lucifer! Imagine two great armies fighting, and we're on the winning side. When the battle is over and we've won, we walk among the dead on the battlefield and come across the body of the enemy king. We look at him narrowly and with doubt, thinking, "THIS is the man who did such and such and such? We were worried about THIS pathetic little guy?" This is what those in hell will think of Lucifer/king of Babylon when he enters. "THIS is the guy the whole world was afraid of?"

In v17 above "opened not the house of his prisoners" means there was no exchange of prisoners.

Vs. 18-19 ~ Monuments are built to great kings when they die... great mausoleums and buildings and even pyramids house the bodies of these men. They lie in those tombs to be remembered. For instance, in Rome people can remember their past kings because they all lie in state. But here we read that Lucifer isn't even going to be buried at all! He's going to be like a blighted branch. It's like the winners coming across the dead body of the enemy king in the example above. Rather than being honored, the winners will say, "Ahhh.... just throw him in the pit with the rest of 'em!"

Vs. 20 ~ Lucifer won't be joined with the other "great kings" in burial. He won't even be thought about during the Millennium, and we won't be sitting around throughout all eternity, reminiscing about all the good times we once had with him in his Bud Lite world!

Vs. 21-23 ~ Kill his families so that this evil will not rise up again. All the evil which forever followed him will be destroyed, and they will no longer be able to threaten the Lord's kingdom.

Vs. 24 ~ What famous line do we think about when we read this verse? Don't you think about Yul Brenner (sp?) saying, "So let it be written, so let it be done." in the movie "The Ten Commandments"? This is the Lord's version of that statement! "Babylon WILL fall! Lucifer WILL fall! And I, the Lord WILL rule as King of Kings!"

Vs. 25-26 ~ Now the Lord broadens his vengeance. He says, "What I did to Babylon and Assyria I will do to every government and nation on the earth which opposes Me." Will communist China fall? It will. So let it be written. So let it be done. It WILL happen!

Vs. 27-31 ~ "Opposing nations, you're on your way out, too!" (Side note: Palestine is Palestina.)

Vs. 32 ~ "You tell the messengers of all the nations that the king of Babylon (Lucifer) has fallen, and the Lord will come and rule all the nations to the ends of the earth!

We WILL see the bamboo curtain fall. We WILL see communism fall. We WILL see Jesus Christ rule, and He will NEVER fall. He will only grow bigger and bigger and grow more influential!

What did you learn?

1 comment:

  1. Jeanie Leit TaylorJanuary 29, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    I finally caught up with you today! YAY! I love Isaiah too! I learned to love his words when I was in Taiwan and received the gift of the interpretation of tongues so I could understand the Sunday School lessons about Isaiah in Chinese, good grief! That was in Hsin-Tien ward! Great memory!
    Thank you for sharing, Wendy!