Isaiah 1-12: “God Is My Salvation” (September 5-11)

The Prophet Isaiah Foretells Christ’s Birth” (detail), by Harry Anderson

“Great are the words of Isaiah,” said the Savior during His ministry on the American continent (3 Nephi 23:1). “My soul delighteth in the words of Isaiah,” said Nephi (2 Nephi 25:5, 2 Nephi 11:2). And Moroni urged us, “Search the prophecies of Isaiah,” adding, “behold, I cannot write them” (Mormon 8:23). About a third of the book of Isaiah is reproduced in the Book of Mormon, but Moroni clearly wants us to study all of Isaiah’s words, not only the chapters which he and his predecessors quoted.

For the next five weeks, we are going to follow these admonitions and study the book of Isaiah.

If you would like some practical tips, see my blog post Understanding Isaiah. That post also contains links to all of my posts about Isaiah, organized by chapter, in case you want to see what I’ve written about specific passages.

So what’s going on in the first twelve chapters? Note that eleven of these chapters (2-12) also appear in 2 Nephi 12-22. Nephi tells us that he is quoting these chapters in order to teach us about Jesus Christ. So let’s see what they say:

How do these chapters teach us about Jesus Christ? I would suggest the following strategy for reading them: Think of the challenges facing Isaiah’s people as a metaphor for your own life. We all need God’s grace to overcome the challenges we face, both external and self-inflicted. As Isaiah’s people face invading armies as well as their own sins, how do his words help them to exercise faith in God and receive His saving power?

Happy studying!

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