Old Testament
Lesson 36
The Glory of Zion Will Be a Defense


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will encourage us to avoid the evils of the world by standing in holy places and help us draw strength from Isaiah’s willingness to serve.

Scripture references for study:  Isaiah 1–6
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Lesson 36 Handout (PDF format)


Introduction To The Book of Isaiah

The Importance of Isaiah's Writings

  1. WHAT THOUGHTS COME TO MIND WHEN I MENTION THE BOOK OF ISAIAH?
  2. The writings of Isaiah are quoted in other scriptures more often than those of any other prophet.
  3. WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE THE WRITINGS OF ISAIAH ARE SO IMPORTANT THAT THEY HAVE BEEN QUOTED THROUGHOUT THE SCRIPTURES?
  4. OF WHAT VALUE ARE THE WORDS OF ISAIAH TO THOSE OF US LIVING IN THESE MODERN TIMES?

Keys To Understanding Isaiah

Nephi said that Isaiah spoke "many things which were hard for the people to understand" (2 Nephi 25:1) and that his words "are not plain" (2 Nephi 25:4). I think I would agree with Nephi. We need some help as we try to understand the words of Isaiah. Some of the ideas below are based on an article by Elder Bruce R. McConkie in the October 1973 Ensign entitled Ten Keys To Understanding Isaiah.

  1. Pay the price in study and effort.
  2. Have the spirit of prophecy.
  3. Understand the manner of prophesying of the Jews.
  4. Become familiar with the geography of the Holy Land and the surrounding regions.
  5. Learn of the judgments of God and the fulfillment of his prophecies.
  6. Understand the historical setting of Isaiah's writings.
  7. Know the chief doctrines about which Isaiah chose to write.
  8. Use the Book of Mormon.
  9. Study all the scriptures.
  10. Use the edition of the Bible published by the Church.
  11. Like the gospel itself, Isaiah is understood "line upon line".

Historical Background

  1. Isaiah:
  2. His mission:
  3. National conditions in both Israel and Judah:
  4. Background information based on Prophets and Prophecies of the Old Testament, pp. 297-303.

Lesson 36 - Periods of Prophetic Fulfillment
 

Chapter 1 Period 2 - Events relative to Judah (primarily 635-535 BC)
Chapter 2 Period 4 - Events during the Last Days
Chapter 3 Period 2 - Events relative to Judah (primarily 635-535 BC)
Chapter 4 Period 4 - Events during the Last Days
Chapter 5 Period 2 - Events relative to Judah (primarily 635-535 BC)
Chapter 6 Period 1 - Events before & during the fall of Israel to Assyria (800-700 BC)

 


Condition Of The World In The Last Days

  1. Many of Isaiah's warnings and prophecies were dualistic in nature. They often applied both to his time and the latter days. As you read the following verses, consider how the conditions described are evident in the world today.

Stand In Holy Places

  1. READ ISAIAH 4:5-6. The Lord to create a refuge.
  2. READ ISAIAH 2:2-3. Mountain of the Lord's house to be established.

The Gathering of Israel In The Latter-Days

  1. READ ISAIAH 5:26-29. An ensign to be lifted to the nations.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

  1. Nephi wrote concerning the writings of Isaiah, "I know that they shall be of great worth unto them in the last days" (2 Nephi 25:8). Nephi's statement is a warning to those of us living at this time in history to study and heed the words of Isaiah. Ancient Israel and Judah did not heed the Lord's warnings and they were destroyed. We see in Isaiah's time a type for our time. We need to learn the lessons of history. We need to put wickedness away, stand in holy places, and endeavor to do our part in carrying the ensign to the world.
  2. Record your thoughts on Isaiah and his prophecies. How do these ancient prophecies apply to you.


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