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Isaiah Continued

One Week of Studies
  1. Recite 2 Nephi 2:27.
    Read 2 Nephi 17.
    • Verse 1: This verse was written during the time that the Israelite people were divided into two countries. The Northern country was called Israel (also called Ephraim) and the Southern country was called Judah (also called Jerusalem, or house of David). Why would they fight with one another?
    • Verses 10-13: Ahaz knew it was wrong to ask God for a sign, but in this case, the Lord wanted him to.
    • Verses 14-16: It is obvious who this child is.
    • Verses 17-25: Any idea what these verses are talking about?

  2. Recite 2 Nephi 9:28-29.
    Read 2 Nephi 18.
    • Verses 13 & 14: The Lord and the truth can be a stumbling block for those who hear the truth but do not heed it.
    • Verse 19: Those with familiar spirits and wizards that peep and mutter could be people who claim to have mysterious powers, like fortune tellers and others.

  3. Recite Moroni 7:16-17.
    Read 2 Nephi 19.
    • Isaiah speaks Messianically. This means he speaks the words the Messiah speaks, so this chapter sounds as if the Lord wrote it himself. He also talks about things to come as if they already happened.
    • Verse 2: People who sit in darkness are unbelievers. The great light can be representative of the gospel, or of the Lord himself.
    • Verse 3: The harvest is often representative of missionary work.
    • Verse 4: This could refer to Israel (see footnote 4a) or to you. As you live the gospel, you become free from the oppression of sin.
    • Verse 6: You know whom this is talking about. Isaiah testified of Christ. All prophets do.
    • Verses 9-21: This lists Israelís sins, but emphasizes that the Lordís hand is still stretched out to them. This means that even though they sin and bring upon themselves so many punishments, the Lord is still there, waiting for them to turn to him and repent and he will help them. It is the same with us. The Lord wants to forgive us of our sins and he will help us if we turn to him.

  4. Recite 2 Nephi 2:25.
    Read 2 Nephi 20:1-19.
    • Verse 2: It seems that one of the most serious sins that a people can commit is to ignore the poor, the widows, and the fatherless.
    • Verse 3: A day of visitation refers to a time when the Lord allows enemies or natural disasters to come upon his people to help them remember him. Have we experienced any days of visitation? How can we be prepared for these events?
    • Verse 5: Assyria is the Middle East and an enemy to Israel.
    • Verses 12-14: The Lord strengthened Israel, yet the king said that Israel was great because of him.
    • Verse 15: The king is the tool and the Lord is the one that uses it.
    • Verses 16-19: These are the punishments to Israel because the king took all the credit for the blessings that the Lord gave them.

  5. Recite 2 Nephi 2:27.
    Read 2 Nephi 20:20-34.
    • Verse 20: A remnant is a part that is left over after the majority of the item is used up.
    • Verse 21: The house of Jacob refers to the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh. Most Caucasians are from the tribe of Ephraim. American Indians and most Hispanics are from the tribe of Manasseh. These people return to God by joining the church.
    • Verse 24: The manner of Egypt is bondage and slavery. This is referring to the time when Israel was in slavery to Egypt.
    • Verse 26: The last part of this verse refers to when the Lord allowed the Israelites to pass through the Red Sea, then dumped the Sea on the Egyptians.
    • Verse 27: They shall be free from slavery.
    • Verse 33: What does this verse mean?

  6. Recite 2 Nephi 9:28-29.
    Read 2 Nephi 21.
    • Verses 1-5: Joseph Smith wondered what the stem of Jesse is and what the rod is, so he asked the Lord. Their conversation is recorded in D&C 113:1-4.
    • Verses 6-9: These are conditions during the Millennium.
    • Verse 10: Joseph Smith also asked the Lord what the root of Jesse is. See D&C 113:5-6.
    • Verse 11: The first time the Lord recovered Israel was when he freed them from Egypt. The second time is the restoration of the gospel and the gathering of Israel.
    • Verses 13 & 14: Ephraim is most white Europeans and Americans. Judah is the Jews. Ephraim and Judah have fought many times in history. In World War II, Ephraim killed thousands of Jews. At the end of that war it was Ephraim who gave the land of Israel to Judah and kicked out the Philistines (Palestinians). Now Ephraim and Judah are also united in fighting against Israelís enemies to the East. Look at the maps in the back of the Bible. Use the Gazetteer to help you find Philistine, Edom, and Moab.

  7. Recite 1 Nephi 19:23.
    Read 2 Nephi 22.
    • This chapter is called Isaiahís psalm of song. This is a song of praise to the Lord. Songs are a great way to praise God. Remember to participate in the Hymn singing at church. It is also appropriate to praise God in your prayers. Take a moment now to sing a hymn of praise.
  8. Read 2 Nephi 23.
    • This chapter describes the conditions of the Second Coming. Are you ready? Take note of the warnings about pride.

  9. Recite Moroni 7:16-17.
    Read 2 Nephi 24.
    • Verses 1-3: The Lord will bless the righteous during the Millennium.
    • Verses 12-17: This is about Satan during the Millennium.
    • Verses 18-32: The righteous will triumph over the wicked.

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