“Thou Hast Done Wonderful Things”
The Savior opens the door to Heavenly Father's presence.
The Savior shows mercy for those in spirit prison
The Savior is a strength and a refuge.
The Savior will prepare a feast and destroy the "vail."
The Savior wipes away our tears.
The Savior will bring the Resurrection.
The Savior is our sure foundation.
The Savior will restore the gospel to the earth.
A study of this lesson will help us come unto Christ through recognizing some
of the wonderful things he has done.
Scripture references for study: Isaiah 22;
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Lesson 37 Handout (PDF
The Savior Opens The Door To Heavenly Father's Presence
"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." (Isaiah 22:22)
WHO IS THIS VERSE REFERRING TO?
WHAT IS THE KEY OF THE HOUSE OF DAVID?
Joseph F. McConkie: "Isaiah spoke of the
'key of the house of David' being placed upon the shoulder of the Messiah
and of his having the power to open that which no one else could open and
to shut that which no one else could shut (Isaiah 22:22)." (quoted
in The Pearl of Great Price: Revelations From God, p77)
Elder Bruce R. McConkie: "In ancient Israel,
David was a man of blood and battle whose word was law and whose very name
was also a symbol of power and authority. Accordingly, when Isaiah sought
to convey a realization of the supreme, directive control and power resident
in our Lord, the Son of David, he spoke these words in the Lord's name:
'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.'
(Isa. 22:22.) Centuries later, speaking of himself, our Lord said to John:
'These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the
key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no
man openeth.' (Rev. 3:7.) Thus, the key of David is the absolute power
resident in Christ whereby his will is expressed in all things both temporal
and spiritual." (Mormon Doctrine, p409)
WHAT DOOR IS IT THAT NO ONE ELSE CAN OPEN?
Jesus once said to Thomas, "I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me"
WHAT MUST WE DO TO HAVE THE DOOR OPENED FOR US?
"...for we know that it is by grace that we are
saved, after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23).
"O, my beloved brethren, turn away from your
sins; shake off the chains of him that would bind you fast; come unto that
God who is the rock of your salvation" (2 Nephi 9:45).
The Savior Shows Mercy For Those In Spirit Prison
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the
LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings
of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners
are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after
many days shall they be visited." (Isaiah 24:21-22)
WHO ARE THE "HIGH ONES"?
WHAT IS THIS PRISON WHERE THE "HIGH ONES" SHALL BE GATHERED?
President Ezra Taft Benson: "There were
two grand divisions in the world of spirits. Spirits of the righteous (the
just) had gone to paradise, a state of happiness, peace, and restful work.
The spirits of the wicked (the unjust) had gone to prison, a state of darkness
and misery." (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p37)
WHAT DID THE SAVIOR DO FOR THE SPIRITS IN PRISON?
ISAIAH 42:6-7. The righteous called to
be a light.
President Joseph F. Smith: "And as I wondered,
my eyes were opened, and my understanding quickened, and I perceived that
the Lord went not in person among the wicked and the disobedient who had
rejected the truth, to teach them;
"But behold, from
among the righteous, he organized his forces and appointed messengers,
clothed with power and authority, and commissioned them to go forth and
carry the light of the gospel to them that were in darkness, even to all
the spirits of men; and thus was the gospel preached to the dead.
"And the chosen messengers
went forth to declare the acceptable day of the Lord and proclaim liberty
to the captives who were bound, even unto all who would repent of their
sins and receive the gospel." (D&C 138:29-31)
President Wilford Woodruff: "When Joseph
Smith had laid the foundation of this work he was taken away. There are
good reasons why it was so. Jesus sealed his testimony with his blood.
Joseph Smith did the same, and from the day he died his testimony has been
in force upon the whole world. He has gone into the spirit world and organized
this dispensation on that side of the veil; he is gathering together the
elders of Israel and the Saints of God in the spirit world, for they have
a work to do there as well as here. Joseph and Hyrum Smith, Father Smith,
David Patten and the other elders who have been called to the other side
of the veil have fifty times as many people to preach to as we have on
the earth. There they have all the spirits who have lived on the earth
in seventeen centuries -- fifty generations, fifty thousand millions of
persons who lived and died here without having seen a prophet or apostle,
and without having the word of the Lord sent unto them. They are shut up
in prison, awaiting the message of the elders of Israel." (Discourses
of Wilford Woodruff, p151)
The Savior Is A Strength & A Refuge
ISAIAH 25:1-4. The Lord to be a strength,
refuge, and shadow.
ISAIAH 32:1-2. The Savior to be a protection.
WHAT DO THE FOLLOWING IMAGES FROM THESE VERSES TEACH ABOUT HOW THE SAVIOR
HELPS US WHEN WE FACE CHALLENGES?
These images paint a picture of a person struggling with the elements of
nature. Throughout my life I have had experiences with each of these
elements. I have been caught in both rain and snow storms. Many are the times when I have sought out shade to protect myself from
the hot sun. While living in the Pacific Northwest, we experienced fall windstorms with twigs and branches breaking off of the tall trees. A hiding
place from the wind was necessary for one's safety. And there is nothing
better than cool, clear water when one has been hiking for hours in the
And yet Isaiah was talking about the Savior
being more than just a protection from the elements of weather. I
also see a picture of our lives and the struggles and challenges we face. There are times when the "winds" of temptation blow hard. Unless
we can find a "hiding place," we may not be able to endure the struggle. As we depend on the Lord, we can find that hiding place. There are
times when the "storms" of life seem too great. How comforting is
the "refuge" of the Lord. The words of the Lord, from the scriptures
and the Lord's servants, are like "rivers of water in a dry place."
Elder Bruce R. McConkie: "Under the circumstances
we might well expect to find Messianic prophecies saying that King-Messiah,
during his mortal ministry, would be the source of living waters. And so
it is. One of the greatest of these is Isaiah's proclamation that 'a king
shall reign in righteousness,' and that among other things, he shall be
'as rivers of water in a dry place.' (Isa. 32:1-4.) Most of the Messianic
utterances of this nature, however, were destined to have only partial
fulfillment in the meridian of time and were to come to a glorious consummation
in the dispensation of restoration when the promised King would reign personally
upon the earth." (Promised Messiah, p205)
Consider these words from two of our hymns:
Jesus, Savior, pilot me
Over life's tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treach'rous shoal.
Chart and compass came from thee:
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.
(Hymn 104, verse 1)
Master, with anguish of spirit
I bow in my grief today.
The depths of my sad heart are troubled.
Oh, waken and save, I pray!
Torrents of sin and of anguish
Sweep o'er my sinking soul,
And I perish! I perish! dear Master.
Oh, hasten and take control!
The winds and the waves shall obey they will:
Peace, be still.
Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea
Or demons or men or whatever it be,
No waters can swallow the ship where lies
The Master of ocean and earth and skies.
They all shall sweetly obey thy will:
Peace, be still; peace, be still.
They all shall sweetly obey thy will:
Peace, peace, be still.
(Hymn 105, verse 2 & chorus)
The Savior Will Prepare A Feast & Destroy The "Vail"
"And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts
make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees,
of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And he
will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people,
and the vail that is spread over all nations." (Isaiah 25:6-7)
WHAT IS THE MOUNTAIN?
It is a symbol for the temple.
WHAT IS THE FEAST?
A feast of of the words and teachings of Christ.
D&C 58:8-11 also speaks of this feast.
Monte S. Nyman makes the following comment: "The
Saints who went into Jackson County in 1831 were to invite the rich and
the learned, the wise and the noble (the Gentiles) to participate in the
establishment of Zion. Since the Gentiles rejected this opportunity, the
work would be accomplished later by the poor, the lame, the blind, and
the deaf (the house of Israel) through the Lord's power. This is the time
spoken of by Isaiah in verse 6. The law of consecration was to do away
with the poverty, and the feast would be physical as well as spiritual."
(Great Are The Words of Isaiah, p90)
HOW CAN TEMPLE ATTENDANCE BE LIKE A FEAST?
WHAT IS THE "VAIL" REFERRED TO IN VERSE 7?
It is the "vail" of darkness and ignorance, the unbelief that prevents
people from coming to Christ.
HOW WILL THE "VAIL" THAT IS OVER THE EARTH BE DESTROYED?
"God shall give unto you knowledge by his Holy
Spirit, yea, by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, that has not been
revealed since the world was until now;
"Which our forefathers
have awaited with anxious expectation to be revealed in the last times,
which their minds were pointed to by the angels, as held in reserve for
the fulness of their glory;
"A time to come in
the which nothing shall be withheld....
"How long can rolling
waters remain impure? What power shall stay the heavens? As well might
man stretch forth his puny arm to stop the Missouri river in its decreed
course, or to turn it up stream, as to hinder the Almighty from pouring
down knowledge from heaven upon the heads of the Latter-day Saints."
(D&C 121:26-28, 33)
The Savior Wipes Away Our Tears
"He will swallow up death in victory; and the
Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his
people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken
it." (Isaiah 25:8)
HOW DOES THE SAVIOR "WIPE AWAY OUR TEARS"?
Elder Neal A. Maxwell: "A tender and hope-filled
assurance is given by Isaiah, who said the Savior 'will swallow up death
in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces.'
(Isaiah 25:8.) The Lord, who knows perfectly about suffering, will, one
day, comfort us so personally. The hopeful understand this as well."
(Notwithstanding My Weakness, p56)
The Savior Will Bring The Resurrection
"Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead
body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew
is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead."
WHAT IS THE VERSE REFERRING TO?
"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become
the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man
came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so
in Christ shall all be made alive." (1 Corinthians 15:20-22)
WHO WILL BE RESURRECTED?
"Now, this restoration shall come to all, both
old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked
and the righteous." (Alma 11:44)
President Ezra Taft Benson: "Nothing is
more absolutely universal than the Resurrection. Every living being will
be resurrected." (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p16)
HOW WILL WE FEEL WHEN WE ARE RESURRECTED?
Isaiah says that we will "sing".
In his vision of the dead, Joseph F. Smith said that he "beheld
that they were filled with joy and gladness, and were rejoicing together
because the day of their deliverance was at hand" (D&C 138:15).
Joseph Smith: "When the voice calls for
the dead to arise, ...what would be the first joy of my heart? To meet
my father, my mother, my brother, my sister; and when they are by my side,
I embrace them and they me." (TPJS, pp295-296)
The Prophet has spoken a sublime truth. A few summers ago, we took
a trip to the Salt Lake City cemetery to visit the grave site of my father. The city cemetery is a fascinating place to visit. The graves of
many of the prophets, as well as other names from Mormon history, dot the
grounds of this old cemetery. As we walked around the cemetery,
my sister made the comment about what a wonderful scene will take place
on the morning of the resurrection with family, friends, and so many of
the good Saints rising from the ground. It will be a wondrous "joy"
to our hearts as we "embrace" each other.
The Savior Is Our Sure Foundation
"Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I
lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner
stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste."
WHAT IS THIS FOUNDATION OF STONE?
HOW IS JESUS CHRIST OUR SURE FOUNDATION?
Elder Bruce R. McConkie: "The emphasis here
is clearly upon the blessings which shall flow from building a house of
faith and salvation upon the only sure foundation, which is Christ."
(The Promised Messiah, p172)
"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it
is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye
must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty
winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his
mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag
you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon
which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if
men build they cannot fall." (Helaman 5:12)
Stephen R. Covey: "If we could deepen our
commitment so that it was all-pervasive in our lives and build upon Him
[Christ], then we could resist these tremendous external pressures and
persecutions, and even many of the internal, vacillating thoughts, the
double-mindedness of our lives." (BYU Speeches, February 22,
The Savior Will Restore The Gospel To The Earth
Isaiah foresaw the latter-day restoration of the gospel.
|"And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out
of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice
shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and
thy speech shall whisper out of the dust." (Isaiah 29:4)
||"And I exhort you to remember these things; for the
time speedily cometh that ye shall know that I lie not, for ye shall see
me at the bar of God; and the Lord God will say unto you: Did I not declare
my words unto you, which were written by this man, like as one crying from
the dead, yea, even as one speaking out of the dust?" (Moroni 10:27)
|"Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they
are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.
"For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep,
and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath
"Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me
with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their
heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of
men." (Isaiah 29:9-10, 13
|"My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of
all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore,
did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked
the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects
was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all
were wrong)--and which I should join.
"I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all
wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were
an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that:
"they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me,
they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness,
but they deny the power thereof." (Joseph Smith History 1:18-19)
|"And the vision of all is become unto you as the words
of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying,
Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:
"And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read
this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned." (Isaiah 29:11-12)
|Martin Harris takes a copy of the characters and their translation
to Professor Charles Anthon in New York City. (see Joseph Smith History
|"Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a
work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom
of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent
men shall be hid." (Isaiah 29:14)
||"Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children
of men." (D&C 4:1)
Elder Neal A. Maxwell: "The Restoration brought
a flood of faith-building truths that would develop a Zion people, a covenant
people, a people willing to obey God's commandments and submit to His will.
Isaiah described the Restoration as a 'marvellous work and a wonder' (Isaiah
29:14). The Hebrew roots for 'wonder' refer to things 'beyond human capability,'
the 'miraculous'." (Not My Will, But Thine, p35)
"And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of
the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out
of darkness." (Isaiah 29:18)
HOW HAS THIS PROPHECY BEEN FULFILLED?
Elder Bruce R. McConkie: "The gathering
of Israel in the last days shall consist in bringing together 'the blind
people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears,' that is, the spiritually
blind and deaf shall come to a knowledge of the things of God and they
shall see and hear. (Isa. 43.) In large part the opening of the eyes of
the blind and the unstopping of the ears of the deaf shall take place by
means of the Book of Mormon. 'And in that day shall the deaf hear the words
of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and
out of darkness.' (Isa. 29:18)." (Mormon Doctrine, p184)
HOW HAS THE BOOK OF MORMON HELPED YOU SEE AND HEAR SPIRITUALLY?
Gospel Doctrine Notebook
- Isaiah wrote and prophesied of the many wonderful things that the Savior
has done for us. How blessed we are to live in a day when his gospel
has been restored and pure knowledge is being dispensed. What can
we do in return? Our gratitude is shown as we are obedient to his
commandments and seek to share his gospel. Are we doing it? What can we do better?
- Record your thoughts on the prophecies of Isaiah. How has the Savior
blessed your life?
Resources Used In This Lesson
BYU Speeches of the Year.
Discourses of Wilford Woodruff.
Great Are The Words of Isaiah by Monte S. Nyman.
Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.
Not My Will, But Thine by Neal A. Maxwell.
Notwithstanding My Weakness by Neal A. Maxwell.
Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson.
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith selected and arranged by Joseph Fielding
The Pearl of Great Price: Revelations From God edited by H. Donl Peterson
& Charles D. Tate, Jr.
The Promised Messiah: The First Coming of Christ by Bruce R. McConkie.
Gospel Doctrine Class
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