Understanding Isaiah – 2 Nephi 13

Welcome to the 2nd entry of my Isaiah musings. Been a while since the last but other studying has been going on so now I’ve finally been able to come back round to this.

Verses 1-3: “For behold, the Lord, the Lord of Hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem, and from Judah, the stay and the staff, the whole staff of bread, and the whole stay of water—The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient; The captain of fifty, and the honorable man, and the counselor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.” Here, the Lord is making the consequences of sin extremely clear to the Jews what will happen if they leave Him in their faith – the blessings and protection will be removed. This applied to the people of Jerusalem then but it applies to us on a personal, spiritual level also.

Verse 5: “And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbor; the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.” Is this not true of today? Once again, the fulfilment of this prophetic pronouncement did not just apply to the people for whom Isaiah was talking to but also to us in the latter days. Whether Isaiah was aware of this or not, I am not aware. However, it is clear once again how the Lord uses His servants (the prophets) to teach and testify.

Verse 12: “And my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they who lead thee cause thee to err and destroy the way of thy paths.” Now, before I ponder over this in depth, I do not think that the prophet Isaiah feels that women ‘ruling’ over anything is a negative idea. Indeed, they probably lead better than men in most cases. However, I interpreted this to be (linked with the children comment) to be about the modern-day deconstruction of the family. Families with no father, with children who have not been taught the sweet message of the Gospel of Christ – it is remarkable how Isaiah’s prophecies were completely true and have come to pass.

Not so much to analyse from what I studied in this chapter, but still worthwhile things. I’m sure that many people will be able to add a some more to my thoughts and ideas so any thing else would be great to here.

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