- 2 Nephi 11-25: “We Rejoice in Christ” (February 17-23)In Nephi’s first book, he quotes Isaiah 48 and 49 (1 Nephi 20-21). In his second book, he quotes a sermon by his brother Jacob which includes Isaiah 50 and 51 (2 Nephi 7-8). Immediately after, he quotes another 13 chapters in a row: Isaiah 2-14 (2 Nephi 12-24), and then paraphrases Isaiah 29 (2 Nephi 27). Why does Nephi quote from Isaiah so much? He gives us at least 3 reasons:
- To persuade us to believe in Christ (1 Nephi 19:23)
- To give us hope (1 Nephi 19:24)
- So that we can rejoice for all men (2 Nephi 11:8)
Questions About Isaiah
- Why Is Isaiah Quoted So Much in the Book of Mormon?
- Which of Isaiah’s Writings Are Quoted in the Book of Mormon?
- Why Is Isaiah So Difficult to Understand?
- How Can Recognizing Parallelisms Help Me Understand Isaiah?
- What Is the Historical Context for the Book of Isaiah?
- How Does Isaiah Point Us Toward Christ?
Blog Posts About 2 Nephi 12-24 (Isaiah 2-14)
- Let Us Go Up – 2 Nephi 12:2-3
- They Cannot Hide It – 2 Nephi 13:9
- The Bravery of Their Tinkling Ornaments – 2 Nephi 13:18-23
- Upon Every Dwelling Place – 2 Nephi 14:5
- In a Very Fruitful Hill – 2 Nephi 15:1-4
- An Ensign to the Nations – 2 Nephi 15:26, 2 Nephi 21:12
- Here Am I; Send Me – 2 Nephi 16:8
- Be Converted and Be Healed – 2 Nephi 16:9-10
- These Smoking Firebrands – 2 Nephi 17:1-7
- Immanuel – 2 Nephi 17:14-16
- The Waters of Shiloah – 2 Nephi 18:6-8
- Say Ye Not, A Confederacy – 2 Nephi 18:12-13
- What Is the Significance of the Name “Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace?”
- What Is “Stoutness of Heart?”
- His Hand Is Stretched Out Still – 2 Nephi 19:12, 17, 21; 20:4
- Where Will Ye Leave Your Glory? – 2 Nephi 20:1-3
- The Earth Shall Be Full of the Knowledge of the Lord – 2 Nephi 21:6-9
- With Joy Shall Ye Draw Water Out of the Wells of Salvation – 2 Nephi 22:1-3
- Every Man’s Heart Shall Melt – 2 Nephi 23:6-8
- I Will Shake the Heavens – 2 Nephi 23:13-14
- Above the Stars of God – 2 Nephi 24:12-17
Blog Posts About 2 Nephi 25 (Nephi’s commentary)
The following refrain appears five times in the book of Isaiah: For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. It appears in chapter 5, after the prophet pronounces six “woes” or warnings of evil practices which will bring painful consequences (2 Nephi 15:25, Isaiah 5:25). It appears… Continue Reading →
What does it mean to be alive? At the end of my post two days ago, almost as an afterthought, I identified three characteristics of livingness. All three are clearly identified in Jacob’s discussion of physical and spiritual death: When we are alive, we are active. We have energy. We are able to “live and move… Continue Reading →
On at least two occasions, Nephi’s older brothers asked him if the scriptures were talking about spiritual things or about temporal things. Here’s how they asked the question after he read two chapters of Isaiah to them: What meaneth these things which ye have read? Behold, are they to be understood according to things which… Continue Reading →
Because of our fallen state, we are subject to two kinds of death. The prophet Jacob refers to them in a number of different ways: Death Hell The death of the body The death of the spirit Temporal death Spiritual death The grave The lake of fire and brimstone The first death Endless death Physical… Continue Reading →
There’s an arrogance in our anxiety. When we allow ourselves to be intimidated by other people, we are assigning too much power to humans and underestimating or ignoring the power of God. This is a common theme in Isaiah, and it permeates chapter 51, which Jacob quotes in 2 Nephi 8: Hearken unto me, ye… Continue Reading →
We all have limited resources, and we have countless ways to spend our time, money, and energy. Ironically, some of the most valuable things in life are relatively inexpensive, while many things which consume our resources have an extremely low ROI. That is the message of Isaiah in a passage which Jacob paraphrases in a… Continue Reading →
To the captive children of Israel, the prophet Isaiah made a promise. When it feels like God has forsaken you, like your covenant relationship with Him has been broken, you need only look up to see that He is still with you. Rescue is on the way. You may have to wait patiently and hopefully,… Continue Reading →
Lehi taught his son Jacob that the Fall of Adam and Eve was a necessary step for their happiness and for ours. He explained what would have happened if they had not eaten the forbidden fruit: Everything would have been stagnant, unchanging. Adam and Eve would not have had children. They would not have experienced joy… Continue Reading →
When I read the Psalm of Nephi, I generally focus on his main message: He is discouraged by his sins and recognizes that only God can help him overcome them. But today, I’ve been thinking about how he begins the psalm: with pondering. “My soul delighteth in the scriptures,” he says, “and my heart pondereth… Continue Reading →
Today, I’ve been pondering what we can learn from Nephi and his people when they left a contentious situation, traveled in the wilderness, and established a new city. All of us have opportunities in our lives to start something new, such as a new organization, a new project, or a new family. What did Nephi and… Continue Reading →
In March, 2019, I studied 20 different names or titles of Jesus Christ which appear in the Book of Mormon. I was particularly interested in the way each name was used, both in the Book of Mormon and in the Bible.
In 2018, I wrote summaries of many of the sermons in the Book of Mormon. Each summary describes the setting, the purpose, an outline of the sermon’s content, and my takeaways from the sermon.
In December 2019, I wrote six posts explaining what the Book of Mormon is, what it affirms, what it refutes, what it fulfills, what it clarifies, and what it reveals.