Under the Law of Moses, the Israelites celebrated the Passover as a reminder of God’s hand in saving them from death, redeeming them from slavery, and bringing them safely out of Egypt. If you are patient with both Nephi and Isaiah, there is no better guide to take you through Isaiah than Nephi. Why Do Early Nephite Prophets Speak about the Scattering of the Jews? 2 Nephi Chapter 19. 18:4 (4–7). As Nephi taught in verse 13: “for I have seen his day, and my heart doth magnify his holy name.”. We need to be clean—every whit. How did people living in ancient times determine whether or not a witness was telling the truth? 2 Nephi 25 The Prophecies of Nephi To begin, here is a list I composed when I was a missionary. No. Here, Isaiah knew that the Lord would have to set his hand a second time to gather them “from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.” Nephi speaks of this gathering of Israel both in physical and also in spiritual terms. Does that mean that the Lord did not do a good enough job? Nephi glories in plainness—Isaiah’s prophecies will be understood in the last days—The Jews will return from Babylon, crucify the Messiah, and be scattered and scourged—They will be restored when they believe in the Messiah—He will first come six hundred years after Lehi left Jerusalem—The Nephites keep the law of Moses and believe in Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel. See Book of Mormon Central, “What Can We Learn from 10 of the Best Chiasms in the Book of Mormon? 2 Nephi 11-25 | Feb 17-23 Is Christ – God, The Eternal Father Do we worship Jesus How did the name Lucifer get into the Bible – and, how did it end up in the Book of Mormon Why is the definition of grace in the Book of Mormon – so different from the definition of grace in the Bible We will discover the answer to these questions today. Verse 26 says that he will lift up an ensign. Nephi explains in 2 Nephi 25 that they would be brought back so that the Lord could appear to them in Jerusalem. It serves as a natural transition from chapter 8 (2 Nephi 18). These were glorious, radiant beings. Among other things, the Law of Moses was the Law of Sacrifice. Book of Mormon Central, “Can Textual Studies Help Readers Understand the Isaiah Chapters in 2 Nephi? 24 Therefore, thus saith the Lord God of Hosts: O my people that dwellest in Zion, abe not afraid of the Assyrian; he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the bmanner of Egypt. (2 Nephi 25:23) 4. A common theme in medieval art was to show the promise given to Jesse—that Christ, the king of Israel, would come through his posterity (See Figure 1). and remember, after ye are reconciled unto God, that it is only in and through the grace of God that ye are saved.” Nephi seems to be paraphrasing and simplifying Jacob’s statement to make it plain. About 559–545 B.C. When Christ appeared to the Nephites in 3 Nephi 27:27, he stated, “What manner of men ought ye to be? What does it mean to “be reconciled” to God? Nephi taught, “For we labor diligently … to persuade our children … to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.”. There is a corollary between the three days of darkness surrounding the death of Jesus and a prior significant experience in Israelite history. Nephi understood suffering. As we are disobedient, we distance ourselves from the Lord. The Lord may have explained to Isaiah the basic Plan of Salvation, his mission, what the Lord would do, and how it would be part of the ministry of Isaiah to declare at least part of this message to others. Regarding their hope of being cleansed from their past wicked, murderous and sinful behavior, they stated: [I]t has been all that we could do, (as we were the most lost of all mankind). Enoch knew that he was slow of speech and questioned why he would be called as a prophet. Jesus used that reference in John 3:14: “[E]ven so must the Son of man be lifted up” just as the healing serpent had been lifted up on the post by Moses. Alma 24:11 also correlates well with 2 Nephi 25:23, which is imbedded in the Book of Mormon narrative of the Ammonites, who buried their weapons of war. (3 Nephi 8:20),” KnoWhy 197 (September 28, 2016). Additional Book of Mormon Study Resources. Getting through this large block of Isaiah material is notoriously challenging. The old Jewish tradition is that they were collected in the days of King Hezekiah and finally put into one collection then, but we do not know how decisions were made for selecting the order of the Isaiah writings. 7 Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but in his heart it is to destroy and cut off nations not a few. However, the House of Israel would be scattered again because of the hardness of their hearts and their rejection of Jesus. One of the footnotes in verse 23 points to D&C 138:4, which says, “That through his atonement, and by obedience to the principles of the gospel, mankind might be saved.” This verse undoubtedly implies that we must also be obedient to ordinances as well as principles, because participating in ordinances are things that we have to do to be exalted. Often, the Savior was referred to as the Only Begotten of the Father, the Father of Heaven and Earth, and the Son of God. Table of Contents. Nephi was also a father. The Nephites were taught by Nephi that “ye must bow down before him, and worship him with all your might, mind, and strength, and your whole soul.” Where did Nephi’s people worship? In 2 Nephi 1:20, the Lord clearly tells is the blessings and cursings of disobedience. The ensign will be erected; it will be a gathering point and a rallying post that will bring people back together so that, in the end, the Lord will be victorious. Nephi explained his purpose and focus in life: “For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God.”. (2 Nephi 11:2–3),” KnoWhy 37 (February 19, 2016). 2 Nephi 25:20 by LDS Scripture of the Day | posted in: Book of Mormon | 0 …yea, behold I say unto you, that as these things are true, and as the Lord God liveth, there is none other name given under heaven save it be this Jesus Christ, of which I have spoken, whereby man can be saved. 2 Kgs. 13 For ahe saith: By the strength of bmy hand and by my wisdom I have done these things; for I am prudent; and I have moved the borders of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man; 14 And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people; and as one gathereth eggs that are left have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped. In the Last Days, when Isaiah's prophecies begin to be fulfilled, men will know of a surety when they come to pass . Some scholars have disagreed on the meaning of this prophecy in Isaiah—specifically how to interpret the condition of the woman who would conceive the Messiah. 8 For he saith: Are not my aprinces altogether kings? We see in Isaiah’s allegory, recorded in 2 Nephi 15, that the Lord did all he could to save the choice vine. Nephi was the custodian of all of that! Moses had cursed the land of Egypt and prophesied that the firstborn of the Egyptians would die by the hand of the destroying angel. IE The Assyrian invasion forces introduced in v. 5 progress toward Jerusalem, vv. 28–32. The Lord setting his hand the second time to restore his people (v. 17) is a quotation from Isaiah 11:11 (2 Nephi 21:11). This is normally interpreted as “a virgin” but can also mean “a young girl.” In the ancient world, women married at a young age and would be young when they conceived. 2 Nephi 20 is a brutal chapter, following the Assyrians conquering Israel, including some of Judah. “After all that we can do” would thus involve all that it takes for us to “reconcile [ourselves] to the will of God” and to be “reconciled unto God,” as Jacob said, and as Nephi hopes to persuade all “to be reconciled to God” (25:23). In chapters 19 and 20, the historical setting still involves the Assyrian conflict of 736 to 701 BC. So, when Nephi taught that “we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know,” this would have been a very solemn, spiritual, and holy teaching of his time. Nephi gives several reasons for quoting Isaiah again, this time for 13 chapters (adding to his three other chapters in 1 Nephi 20-21 and 2 Nephi 27; others who quoted Isaiah in the Book of Mormon are Jacob, Abinadi, Moroni, and Jesus Christ). That was the first thing that Isaiah felt self-conscious about in the presence of God. I think the prophecy is saying that this branch and this root will bring the House of Judah and the House of Ephraim together. For its interpretation see the commentary for 2 Nephi 19:12. Then, through our faith we are made alive in Christ because we are willing to do what he has commanded. Moses responds to his call as follows: ‘Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?’ Later Moses objects more specifically in saying that he was ‘slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.’ Jeremiah complains by saying: ‘Ah, Lord God! Because Nephi’s people were still living the Law of Moses, they needed a temple to obey many parts of that law. Here we learn that there would be a three-day period in which Jesus would be in the tomb. Verily I say unto you, even as I am.” There is no principle of ethics or morals that is stronger than following the best example that you can find. What Micah (and Isaiah) meant by “the remnant of Jacob” (Micah 5:8; 3 Nephi 20:16 see also Isaiah 10:21–22) remains obscure, but Jesus quotes Micah here after saying that there will be many “remnants” scattered abroad (20:13–14). TG Israel, Bondage of, in Egypt; Israel, Bondage of, in Other Lands. He was a teacher. The destruction of Assyria is a type of the destruction of the wicked at the Second Coming—Few people will be left after the Lord comes again—The remnant of Jacob will return in that day—Compare Isaiah 10. 2 Nephi 32. Christ is wonderful and a prince of peace when we need grace. He built a wall to protect the vineyard, and he built a tower in the vineyard, perhaps symbolic of the temple. The scriptures were obviously very important to Nephi. But back in 1 Nephi 11–14, Nephi developed a framework which has been called “the Nephite prophetic view,” which can be a great aid in understanding what Isaiah is saying. Can Textual Studies Help Readers Understand the Isaiah Chapters in 2 Nephi? The Lord was telling Isaiah that he was forgiven of his sins and that he would receive divine assistance in his personal ordeals as he preached truth. We know that the child would be a king. (Easton's Bible Dictionary) [Infobases, LDS Collectors Library '97] 2 Nephi 20:30 Laish: Laish (2 Nephi 20:30) was a place mentioned in Isaiah 10:30. 3 Wherefore, I write unto my people, unto all those that shall receive hereafter these things which I write, that they may know the judgments of God, that they come upon all nations, according to the word which he hath spoken. How Does Prophecy Shape the Book of Mormon’s Content and Structure? After quoting from Isaiah 2–14 (2 Nephi 12–24), Nephi provided five additional chapters of his own interpretation of Isaiah. Nephi begins this long section, which he quotes from the book of Isaiah, by saying that his “soul delights in the words of Isaiah” (see also how Nephi repeats these words in 2 Nephi 25:5). 22 For though thy people aIsrael be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall breturn; the cconsumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness. 19 And after Adam and Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit, they were driven out from[i] the garden of Eden to till the earth. Nephi served in a lot of different positions, as we all do. The word mashiach in Hebrew means “anointed” or “anointed one.” In ancient times, a high priest was anointed to be the high priest. (Mosiah 13:30),” KnoWhy 420 (March 29, 2018). What made them wonder? The scourging of the Jews for many generations (v. 16) was prophesied earlier by Zenos (see 1 Nephi 19:13). Nephi knew that Christ was willing to endure extreme pain and suffering for all mankind because of love. Think of how Jesus Christ has fulfilled these roles and functions for you in your personal life. We can be very grateful for that. Psalm 22 begins, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” You will recognize these as words that Jesus spoke from the cross. What Can We Learn from 10 of the Best Chiasms in the Book of Mormon? They would have also observed certain festival days such as the Day of Atonement or the Feast of Tabernacles, which were connected particularly with particular sacrifices and solemn observances. In his own prophecy about the history of the Jews, Lehites, and gentiles, Nephi also identifies, often in the language of Isaiah, the main challenge that each of these groups faces as pride.”. Book of Mormon Pronunciation Guide. Names Used for Christ by Major Book of Mormon Authors. He said, “For behold, Isaiah spake many things which were hard for many of my people to understand; for they know not concerning the manner of prophesying among the Jews.” Nephi had lived there, he knew Jerusalem. He instructed his people: “[I]nasmuch as it shall be expedient, ye must keep the performances and ordinances of God until the law shall be fulfilled which was given unto Moses” (25:30). Even though the entire prophecy of Isaiah may not be clear, the symbolism of the stem is clear—the stem refers to the coming of Christ. What is important about plainness? Book of Mormon Central, “Why Did Lehi ‘Suppose’ the Existence of Satan? (1 Nephi 9:5),” KnoWhy 345 (July 28, 2017). What Do Nephi and Isaiah Say about the End Times? (Jacob 5:3),” KnoWhy 70 (April 4, 2016). Nephi knew that Christ was going to suffer much throughout his life. Nephi was a record-keeper. Part 1. 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