Nephi uses Isaiah to teach us about
1. The remnant (Shearjashub)
2. God with Us (Emmanuel)
3. The opposite, destruction and terror when we don't turn to the Lord (Mahershalahashbaz)
4. The Child who will be Victorious and usher in a rule of hope and salvation (Jesus)
While the politics and story is a little hard, the analogies used of the children help us see the vision of the Lord and His saving grace.
The plot thickens!
Isaiah turns to poetry to help us understand the Lord's love for His Covenant people and lament over their folly.
First, a few pointers about poetry, specifically Hebrew Poetry
1. Short lines
2. Doesn't rhyme, but is concise
3. Parallelism. It might deepen, enhance, or even contrast
Then, 2 Ne 15....
Feel the emotion, the lament, the Lord's love and care....
Let's dive back into Isaiah
We have done some prep work, so let's talk about
THE DAY. When God will come and bring salvation to ALL NATIONS!
2 Ne 12 starts with a vision of what it will be like!
2 New 14 ends with the vision of...the same thing
And in the middle we get a poem about the pride that brings all people, and nations, down. Power, pride, social power, is all eclipsed by the LORD when He comes.
A great and beautiful vision into the Salvation of All by God.
Nephi and Jacob use Isaiah for specific purposes. They BOTH use the term: Liken. They want us to know about the Savior, the covenant, and the being the Remnant of the House of Israel.
a. Framing. They tell us why/what they are going to tell us. Then they use Isaiah, then they summarize.
b. Isaiah's structure of Judgment/Hope and linked with the remnant.
Continuing on our PREP for Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, and specifically Nephi, we're going to go over:
Foundational ideals, building blocks, themes, motifs
A lot of these you'll know. Some may not be so familiar. But Isaiah assumes you know these so let's refresh.
This is it! We are here!!!!
Isaiah. I can't wait!
We're going to start with:
Part 1: Nephi's use of Isaiah and his main themes (that's THIS episode).
Part 2: foundations. The LEGO blocks and fundamentals that Isaiah is going to use to tell us about: The Atoning Messiah, The Plan of Redemption, The Covenant, and the Tribes of Israel (Remnant/Branch)
Part 3: structure of Isaiah
Part 4: Jumping into the actual chapters
Whew! Can we do it? It will take a few episodes but I CANNOT WAIT. HIP HIP HOORAY. ISAIAH IS HERE!!!
Choose the Way of Christ
Lehi blesses Jacob and explains the path of the Redeemer.
See also, Deuteronomy 29-30
We jump back into 2 Nephi 3 as Lehi blesses his youngest son, Joseph.
1. The covenant and blessing of Joseph of Egypt
Manasseh and Ephraim (Gen 49)
2. Joseph of Egypt's special covenant
3. Young Joseph's part of that family
4. AMAZING blessings for the family of Joseph
5. Blessings of a seer in the latter days