Scripture Blog

This weblog is my personal online scripture journal. I try to read the scriptures each morning as I exercise on my cross-trainer. It has a great impact on my life and my testimony of the Savior and his restored church. The journal is really for my own benefit but I have set it up as a web log in hopes to benefit anyone else that may be interested. "For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost..." 1 Nephi 10:19

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Isaiah 43

Again of (righteous) Israel, the Lord said -

"Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
11 I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour."  (Isaiah 43:10–11)

Being of Ephraim, I have a responsibility to be a witness of Christ.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Isaiah 43

Having a declared lineage of Ephraim, I was touched by the Saviors words -

"Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen..."  (Isaiah 43:10)

I hope to be considered "chosen"

Friday, September 14, 2018

Isaiah 42

I have two thoughts this morning.

When it comes to missionary work or bringing souls unto Christ, I note the process -

"A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth."  (Isaiah 42:3)

In other words we do this very sensitive, ministering, and by the Spirit.

My second thought is at a time that "climate change" is forefront, the Lord warned -

"I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools."  (Isaiah 42:15)

I note "I".  The Lord said that in the last days before his second coming, weather will be a form of warning the world to repent.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Isaiah 41

In my mind, speaking to modern day priesthood holders having had patriarchal blessings with declared lineage -

"But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.
9 Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away."  (Isaiah 41:8–9)

What a great responsibility we have to be ministering servants

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Isaiah 40

Isaiah wrote -

"The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God."  (Isaiah 40:3)

Though there is no questions this is in regards to John the Baptist, I believe it is also in reference to Elias which in my mind is plural.  I believe this scripture could be in reference to any prophet that is called to prepare the way of the Lord.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Isaiah 39

Some try to blame Hezekiah for the robbing of all temple wealth, but  whq5 I think it is significant that Isaiah prophecies -

"Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord of hosts:
6 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord."  (Isaiah 39:5–6)

I think it is important that we recognize that this happened over a 100 years after.  I believe it had more to do with the wickedness sin Judah than the fact that Hezekiah had show the wealth to Babylon representatives.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Isaiah 37

As Assyrians surround Jerusalem -

"...the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
6 ¶ And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith the Lord, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land."  (Isaiah 37:5–7)

And as Hezekiah receives the message of Isaiah -

"...Hezekiah went up unto the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord.
15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the Lord, saying,
16 O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.
17 Incline thine ear, O Lord, and hear; open thine eyes, O Lord, and see: and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent to reproach the living God.
18 Of a truth, Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, and their countries,
19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.
20 Now therefore, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lord, even thou only."  (Isaiah 37:14–20)

Isaiah follows with -

"Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it.
34 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the Lord.
35 For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake."  (Isaiah 37:33–35)

And in fulfillment of prophecies of the Lord's prophet -

"...the angel of the Lord went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses."  (Isaiah 37:36)

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Isaiah 36

Interesting enough, as the Assyrians are about to destroy Jerusalem, Rabshakeh says -

"...Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you.
15 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord, saying, The Lord will surely deliver us..." (Isaiah 36:14–15)

Adding -

"Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, The Lord will deliver us...."  (Isaiah 36:18)

And also mocking -

"...I will give thee two thousand horses, if thou be able on thy part to set riders upon them."  (Isaiah 36:8)

Where Ahaz would choose confederate to other nations in lieu and trusting the Lord, we would learn the faith of Hezekiah.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Isaiah 35

As Isaiah speaks of the blessings that will follow the restoration of the gospel for the righteous, he prophecies that -

" highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein."  (Isaiah 35:8)

In my mind, "The way of holiness" is the gospel of Jesus Christ as I read this morning -

"Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day.
21 Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do; for that which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do;
22 Therefore, if ye do these things blessed are ye, for ye shall be lifted up at the last day."  (3 Nephi 27:20–22)

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Isaiah 33

Speaking of faithless Israel, the Lord querys -

"Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?
15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered."  (Malachi 3:14–15)

Isaiah writes much the same -

"Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee."  (Isaiah 33:1)

Justice will be satisfied.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Isaiah 32

The Lord warns -

"Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech.
10 Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless women: for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come.
11 Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones..."  (Isaiah 32:9–11)

I believe He is saying - Follow the Prophet!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Isaiah 30

As Isaiah writes concerning that Israel will eventually repent and be blessed while the wicked will be destroyed, he feels impressed concerning those of his day  -

"Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:
9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord:
10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us."  (Isaiah 30:8–11)

Even so, it could easily been written of our day  where people desire "speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits".

Friday, August 24, 2018

Isaiah 29

As one comes to have a testimony of the restored Church and the Book of Mormon, the 29th Chapter of Isaiah becomes more clear.  What caught my attention this morning with the political climate of today, was the prophecy of Isaiah concerning our day.  This morning I would like to quote from David J. Ridges book -

"20 For the terrible one [tyrant] is brought to nought, and the scorner [scoffer] is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off [the restored truth will expose wickedness and eventually overthrow it]:

In verse 21, next, Isaiah describes the crippling corruption in governments and judicial systems in the last days.

21 That make a man an offender for a word [via unjust lawsuits, corrupt judicial system, and so forth], and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate [try to eliminate honest people in government, and those who try to expose corruption in government], and turn aside the just for a thing of nought [destroy the effectiveness of honest government and judicial leaders; replace truth and honesty with lies]."  )Ridges, David J.. The Old Testament Made Easier Part 3)

I believe that to be true.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Isaiah 27

Isaiah wrote -

"Or let him take hold of my strength..."  (Isaiah 27:5)

I believe there is great strength -

" the power of Christ unto salvation..."  (Alma 15:6)

or in the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Isaiah 26

Isaiah comments -

"Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength...."  (Isaiah 26:4)

In my mind, trust in the Lord forever means that we will have need to trust in Him and His atonement forever, and thus will receive everlasting strength.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Isaiah 25

Isaiah prophecies -

"And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation."  (Isaiah 25:9)

Again, a great promise to the righteous and faithful

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Isaiah 24

Isaiah prophecies -

 "Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof."  (Isaiah 24:1)

Because -

"The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant."  (Isaiah 24:5)

Today we talk much of man caused climate change and other man caused calamities.  What is never discussed is the possibility of the cause being wickedness.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Isaiah 23

This time, Isaiah prophecies of the destruction of  Tyre because of wickedness, but also prophecies that the day would come that -

"...her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the Lord: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the Lord..."  (Isaiah 23:18)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Isaiah 22

Isaiah prophesizes concerning Eliakim.  But in doing so also uses him as a type of the Messiah saying -

"...I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.
22 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.
23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house."  (Isaiah 22:21–23)

But obviously, Eliakim would eventually fall unlike the Savior for -

"In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the Lord hath spoken it."  (Isaiah 22:25)

Monday, August 13, 2018

Isaiah 20

Isaiah had already warned Ahaz of becoming confederate or allies with Egypt and other countries, when they should wholly depend on the Lord, but he now prophecies -

"So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt."  (Isaiah 20:4)

Obviously, Egypt and Ethiopians would be victims of the Assyrians.

Isaiah 21

As Isaiah sees in vision the doom of Babylon, he expresses how difficult it is receiving this revelation sayings -

"A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.
3 Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it.
4 My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me."  (Isaiah 21:2–4)

In most cases we see revelation bringing joy and happiness.  But sometimes the nature of prophesy can bring pain and sorrow.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Isaiah 19

At the same time that Isaiah speaks of the burdens of Egypt, he prophesizes  that -

"In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.
24 In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land:
25 Whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance."  (Isaiah 19:23–25)

Even to the point that -

"In that day shall there be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the Lord."  (Isaiah 19:19)

Could an "alter" suggest a temple in that day?

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Isaiah 18

Speaking of a now righteous people that have continually been depressed, Isaiah prophesizes -

"In that time shall the present be brought unto the Lord of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the Lord of hosts, the mount Zion."  (Isaiah 18:7)

Obviously, the righteous will be gathered in the last days.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Isaiah 17

Speaking of the burden or destruction of Syria, Isaiah prophesizes that "in that day" Syria will be much like the ten tribes of Israel for -

" that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean."  (Isaiah 17:4)

As I read this morning, I couldn't help but think about the "thinning" of Syria today as internal wars on conflict continue to go on and many are forsaking the land.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Isaiah 16

Prophecies concerning Moab are contained in both the 15th and 16th chapters of Isaiah.  Isaiah talks about Judah and Israel in the last days will protect Moab in righteousness saying -

"Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.
5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness."  (Isaiah 16:4–5)

David J. Ridges comments that "Moab" in verse four should have been Israel.  Seems to make sense.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Isaiah 14

Speaking of the death of Satan and the Babylonian king, with the wicked in outer darkness, Isaiah testifies that -

"They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?"  (Isaiah 14:16–17)

Of Satan himself, having never had a body -

"All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.
19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch..."  (Isaiah 14:18–19)

Suggesting to me that even worldly great kings have great burial stones and reminders, but Satan, having not body, won't even have that.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Isaiah 13

Prophesying concerning "Babylon" or the wicked in the last days, Isaiah sees -

"...I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible."  (Isaiah 13:11)

It seems that only the truly humble -

"...I will make a man more precious than fine gold..."  (Isaiah 13:12)

Friday, July 27, 2018

Isaiah 12

Seeing the millennium, Isaiah tells us -

"...for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee."  (Isaiah 12:6)

Which suggests the Savior will dwell amongst the saints in that day.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Isaiah 11

As one studies the years after King Solomon, much conflict is had between the children of Israel as Ephraim and nine other tribes separate and war with Judah.

On Moroni's initial visit with the Prophet Joseph Smith, revealed -

"...he quoted the eleventh chapter of Isaiah, saying that it was about to be fulfilled."  (Joseph Smith—History 1:40)

In the eleventh chapter of Isaiah, Isaiah prophecies that in our day -

"The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim."  (Isaiah 11:13)

Obviously, this prophecy has not been fulfilled.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Isaiah 10

As Isaiah prophecies concerning the coming destruction of the Assyrians, he also prophecies in the latter days concerning a repentant return of Israel (lost ten tribes) -

"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
21 The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.
22 For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.
23 For the Lord God of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land."  (Isaiah 10:20–23)

Obviously, those that will return are righteous.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Isaiah 9

Isaiah's warning to Israel and Judah is the same as it is in out day...if we don't keep the commandments, we will be destroyed".

"For wickedness burneth as the fire: it shall devour the briers and thorns, and shall kindle in the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke.
19 Through the wrath of the Lord of hosts is the land darkened, and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare his brother.
20 And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall eat on the left hand, and they shall not be satisfied: they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm:
21 Manasseh, Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh: and they together shall be against Judah. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still."  (Isaiah 9:18–21)

For those that choose to repent -

"The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined."  (Isaiah 9:2)

That Light is Christ.

Isaiah 8

We are taught to trust the Lord, not the arm of flesh.  Ahaz is warned -

"Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces.
10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us."  (Isaiah 8:9–10)

Ahaz just couldn't do that.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Isaiah 7

Ahaz was given a wonderful opportunity to experience a sign from heaven as Isaiah tells hims -

"Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above."  (Isaiah 7:11)

But so unbelieving was Ahaz that he refused.  How disappointing when a leaders refuses to receive a sign the Lord has offered.

Consequently the Lord gives him signs of desolations to come.