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Thursday, April 23, 2009

2 Nephi 20

Read it HERE.

Summary: Destruction of Assyria is a type of destruction of wicked at the Second Coming—Few people shall be left after the Lord comes again—Remnant of Jacob shall return in that day—Compare Isaiah 10. Between 559 and 545 B.C.

Another interesting Isaiah chapter where the Lord compares the destruction of Assyria to the destruction of the wicked at the time of his Second Coming. The seed of Jacob will return and
The "WO's"/warnings to the wicked are: to those who make unrighteous decrees; to ignore the needy, poor, widowed, fatherless; to hypocritical nations; and the greedy and prideful leaders and armies.

The remnant of Jacob will be gathered, meaning the gathering of Israel or the righteous.... and they will not have to depend on their evil leaders, but the Holy One of Israel. The Lord tells the righteous to not be afraid of the wicked. The high and haughty leaders will be hewn down and humbled. That is a relief!

This chapter seemed to be a metaphor for the destruction of the wicked and a preservation of the righteous at the Second Coming... and although difficult to understand at times I find comfort in these words:

"The Book of Mormon is a book of scripture. It is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is written in biblical language, the language of the prophets. For the most part, it is in easy-flowing New Testament language, with such words as spake for spoke, unto for to, with and it came to pass, with thus and thou and thine."
"You will not read many pages into it until you catch the cadence of that language and the narrative will be easy to understand. As a matter of fact, most teenagers readily understand the narrative of the Book of Mormon. Then, just as you settle in to move comfortably along, you will meet a barrier. The style of the language changes to Old Testament prophecy style. For, interspersed in the narrative, are chapters reciting the prophecies of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. They loom as a barrier, like a roadblock or a checkpoint beyond which the casual reader, one with idle curiosity, generally will not go."
"You, too, may be tempted to stop there, but do not do it! Do not stop reading! Move forward through those difficult-to-understand chapters of the Old Testament prophecy, even if you understand very little of it. Move on, if all you do is skim and merely glean an impression here and there. Move on, if all you do is look at the words..."
"... The Lord had a purpose in preserving the prophecies of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, notwithstanding they become a barrier to the casual reader. Those who never move beyond the Isaiah chapters miss the personal treasures to be gathered along the way" (Boyd K. Packer, in Conference Report, Apr. 1986, 76-77; or Ensign, May 1986, 61; or Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Class Member Study Guide, p.6-7).

Despite my apparent lack of complete understanding I still get impressions and see the purpose of Isaiah's writings/prophecies. Someday I hope to have a more full understanding, but until I'm glad we're all plugging through together and I'm grateful for your thoughts and impressions.

1 comment:

Elise said...

I agree wholeheartedly with you. I have a hard time understanding it too, but I do get some impressions here and there.

I do love the wording about the high and haughty leaders being hewn down and humbled. Sometimes I wonder if Isaiah liked to write--he writes with such symbolic description. Maybe he is a writer at heart?