Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Isaiah - Week 9

Chapter 43 - 45

Chapter 43

Given all that I can give, gave everything. Gathering of the tribes. Moses 1:39 - Glory of the Lord. Sinners - see and hear. Looking for the elect. Witnesses of God - declare. Foundations of the church. New thing - restoration. D&C 132.26. Preach is word. Remember me. First father - Adam.

Chapter 44

From the beginning. Jeshurum - obedient - upright one. Water/streams - blessings. Thirsty land/dry ground - off spring. First and last - alpha and omega. Idols good for nothing. Men became weary from making idols. Where are your idols at????. Transgressions are blotted out. Cyrus - after time of Cyrus foreshadow of Christ.

Chapter 45

Terms used by the Messiah. God can not create evil. Amos 5:24. Who is that they? heavens and earth. Ethiopia was the best place to go for supplies. Saviour - redeemer- knew was Messiah. Created it to inhabit it. World was meant to be inhabited. Nobody worthy - saved by the Savior. Merits, mercy and grace. Lord swear by himself. Every knee bow, tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ.

Isaiah - Week 8

This week Chapters 34 - 42 were discussed. That may seem like a lot, but chapters 36-39 were skipped. Those chapters went over a historical narrative.

Chapter 34

Chapter 34 starts off with telling us about the second coming. Nations refer to the people. The earth will burn, it will become a waste place. Compare to Isaiah 28:17. The noble princes of wickedness. The waste places will be restored.

Chapter 35

There are no roses in the middle east. Comparative to saffron. This chapter is all about the restoration. Everyone will hear the gospel. Highway - way of holiness. Ransomed - Atonement.

Chapter 40

Be of comfort - relax, Jerusalem is a covenant people. Elias is preparing the way of the Lord. See the Lord in his coming, everything shall be fulfilled. Huge forest - trees. Choose a piece of wood that is good. Inhabitants barely planted and blown away. Knows each of us by name. Those who wait have hope in the Lord.

Chapter 41

Cyrus frees the prisoners. East is symbolic of the second coming. First and Last - same man. Threshing instrument - BoM. Word of God - two-edge sword. Separates wicked and righteous. Glory in the holy one of Israel. Trees - tribes. Priesthood. Refer to D&C 124:26.
Cedar - Judah
Shittah - Levi
Myrtle - 10 Tribes
Oil Tree - House of Israel
Fir - Ephraim
Pine - Mennassah
Box - Judah - Cedar
Shows that you are true Gods. Idols - nothing is there. North - Calls a God. Savior comes. Nobody can do this but God. All your stuff is nothing.

Chapter 42

Spiritually blind. Restoration. JST pg 801. Lord will save us, despite are faults and weakness. We have faults.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

End of Employment

I will be permanently laid off at 12:00 pm. today. They are closing the call center where I work. I have know about this since the beginning of August. The word finally hasn't meant much until today.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Isaiah - Week 7

Wow week 7 almost half way through the class.
This week we discussed Chapters 29 - 33

Chapter 29

Chapter 29 starts with Ariel - which means hearth of God, Lion of God, also means Jerusalem. continuing in the chapter it talks about the Lord made a covenant with Israel that there will be lineage with David. it also mentions the fulfillment of the Book of Mormon, and how you can't read a sealed book. The hearts are from the Lord. The Restoration of the Gospel. The field is white and ready to harvest. Talks about missionary work. Words of a book - Book of Mormon. See Isaiah 41: 13-19. We need to be a humble one. Sanctify the Lord. Sanctify ourselves and others - missionary work. and finally the word of God covers the land.

Chapter 30

Chapter 30 starts with how the people are turning to Egypt instead of the Lord. Egypt never a help. The people take their riches to Egypt and help never shows up. They tell us what we want to hear. The prophet speaks of hard things. Knew right, didn't want to hear. In the Lord is our salvation. God is the teacher. We need to get rid of our idols. Animals know who there master is, but do we? Refer to Ch 32 vs 20. Great slaughter is the second coming. Three metaphors of stream, sieve and bridle symbolizing the overwhelming catastrophe. Use the rod to punish Satan. Hearth - alter, place of burning. The king in vs 33 represent Satan, they are cast in, wicked burned together.

Back up to Chapter 9 - refer to Matthew 13:11-17. Why Jesus talks in parables.

Chapter 31

Calamity - wicked against wicked. Lord of Host - Lion - Judea. Turn back to the Lord, rebellious children. God will destroy the wicked. Ensign- gospel. Furnace - destroys the wicked.

Chapter 32

Man represent Christ. Hears the Master's voice now. Liberal means noble. Hunger and thirst - looking for the gospel. On verse 8 if you change liberal to noble - it used to mean the same. Daughters of Zion. If you are at ease, you are not working. We need to be worried. In its greatness there still will be a still small voice. City of Enoch - accept the spirit of the Lord.

Chapter 33

Satan spoils. We need stability - turn to the gospel. Hold back, highways are dangerous. The cities are clean but bare. The wicked shall destroy you. Everlasting burning - God. Who can dwell with God. We shouldn't listen to gossip. Land stretching afar - celestial kingdom. Stakes - tents. they hold up the tents. Stakes hold up the church. The ships don't come. And finally, read verse 22 last. it is out of sequence.

Enjoy and welcome your comments.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Isaiah - Week 6

I would like to apologize for getting this posted so late. It was a very busy week last week. I should be posting week 7 on Wednesday. Enjoy.

Yesterday we discussed Chapters 23 - 28

Chapter 23

When you read chapter 23 the city Tyre is mentioned. This city was also known as Zohr. Which was eventually destroyed by Alexander the Great. What is the great Tyre of our day? it is commercial interest. After Tyre is destroyed there city is barren for seventy years of the life span of man. After the seventy years of desolate the city will be reborn.

Chapter 24

When we read the scriptures and see the start of the verse as behold. it means last days, this is about our times. In verse 5 it talks about the everlasting covenant. but what is the new and everlasting covenant? It is the gospel. When we look back about 100 years ago there were about 20 major religions. Today there are over a thousands. Why did this happen. There were people who broke away from there church to start there own. there are many break-offs of the other churches. But ours hasn't changed. It mentions in verse 15 about the isle of the sea. what is that, it is mentioned before. When you look at the time that Isaiah was written if you couldn't walk there you didn't go. Hense, Isle of the sea. it is someplace you couldn't walk too, it was too far away. Verse 17 - reference Jeremiah 48:43. we cannot flee the judgement of God. verse 20 is referenced to Amos 5 it was written about the same time. we are Gods. Reference Psalm 82:6 it is the same verse that Christ quoted in John.

Chapter 25

Chapter 25 is a Psalm of praise. we need to have obedience, we need to protect the needy. The mountains mentioned in this chapter represent Zion. Swallow death forever = The Atonement. Very short chapter but a beautiful one.

Chapter 26

Chapter 26 talks about how the righteous nation is Israel/Zion. The foot of the poor is an allusion to the Messiah. You need to pour out your soul to God. He is the God of the Living not dead. God demands purity, there is life after death. Isaiah reference childbirth to represent the pain. There will be a Resurrection, a cleansing of the earth. The Last days when the Lord comes for judgement.

Chapter 27

Chapter 27 talks about the serpent, and how the Lord guards his vineyard. Has the Lord been rough on Israel as Israel been to the Lord. The Lord will gather the people of the Church, each angel will bring a horn. Rev 14:6.

Chapter 28

Chapter 28 speaks of Ephraim that led the tribes away. The wicked almost destroys the righteous. There will be false prophets and priest. You can either accept or don't. Wicked covenant with Satan. The cornerstone is Christ. Bands=Slavery. It is easy to choose the Gospel, but sometimes hard to live. The Lord deals in order, righteous things.

Have a good week