Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 6

Jacob recounts Jewish history: The Babylonian captivity and return; the ministry and crucifixion of the Holy One of Israel; the help received from the Gentiles; and the Jews’ latter-day restoration when they believe in the Messiah. About 559–545 B.C.

A while back we read that Laman and Lemuel murmured because they knew no their God. In verse 4 Jacob says that he teaches the words of Isaiah "for your sakes, that ye may learn and glorify the name of your God."

When I was younger I had the mindset that I really didn't need to understand Isaiah, because everything I need to know is taught in much more palatable terms via church lessons and modern day prophets. So, until a few years ago, I'm sad to admit that I didn't put much effort into studying Isaiah.

Then I decided to learn more about the words of Isaiah. I came to realize that he is a lot like me- speaking in allegories, similes and visual examples and relations. I love symbolism! And it looks like he does too! His words can be highly confusing, but they were very applicable to the people of his time, and quite beautiful. Not only that, they apply to people in my day and time too!.

So, I am excited about the upcoming chapters where we can read Isaiah's words together! Jacob was, too. And Nephi loved the words of Isaiah as well. If they thought they were so important, I should too.

Interesting note: Book of Mormon prophets quoted 414 verses and paraphrased another 34 - 35% of Isaiah.

Here are some of my favorite thoughts:

vs. 6 (Isaiah 49:22): “Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people.” The Lord will involve the gentile nations in gathering scattered Israel to the true church and all their lands of promise. We are all part of this call to activate for the Lord’s cause. I know that we have been challenged to share the gospel with someone in 2012. I’m working on who I should invite. (Although, I’m mostly focusing sharing gospel principles with my family members).

Vs. 6-7 (Isaiah 49:22-23): “…and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers…” As loving parents, the Gentiles will carry the house of Israel back to their lands of inheritance as part of the fulfillment of the Lord’s covenant with Israel. See why I am focusing on getting the gospel into the hearts of my kids? It’s a parent thing.

Vs. 7 (Isaiah 49:23): “…they shall bow down to thee with their faces towards the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord; for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.” Those who fight against the covenant people will lick up the dust or be humbled. Those who wait for the Lord’s coming will be saved. I’m waiting… but I’m working as I wait. Hope that’s what he wants.

I love verse 7 "for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me." Paul echos that sentiment when he says in Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel..." I stand with them and am not ashamed of my testimony and what I believe. I feel like I am in good company.

President Benson said, "Let us never be ashamed to of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us never be afraid to do what is right. Let us trust in God and keep His commandments...I know, and so do you who have testimonies of the divinity of his work, that without God's help we cannot succeed, but with His help we can accomplish anything He asks us to do."

Wow- in just a handful of verses the Saviors life, his death, the Apostasy, the Restoration and the latter days are covered. That's great writing.

What did you think/learn today?

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