Old Testament
Lesson 38
“Beside Me There Is No Saviour”


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand that Jesus Christ is incomparable in his devotion to his people and that he has a great work for them to do.

Scripture references for study:  Isaiah 40–49
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Events Of The Last Days - Isaiah 40

  1. Prophetic Period 4.
  2. READ ISAIAH 40:1-5. The glory of the Lord shall be revealed.
  3. READ ISAIAH 40:11. A picture of a loving Savior to his sheep.
  4. READ ISAIAH 40:31. They that wait upon the Lord shall be blessed.

Events Relative To Judah - Isaiah 43

  1. Prophetic Period 2 - Primarily 635-535 B.C.
  2. READ ISAIAH 43:5-7. Bring my sons from far and my daughters from the ends of the earth.
  3. READ ISAIAH 43:14.  Judah sent to Babylon for her benefit.
  4. READ ISAIAH 43:22-26. Israel has forgotten the Lord. The Lord pleads to be remembered.

Events Relative To Judah - Isaiah 45

  1. Prophetic Period 2 - Primarily 635-535 B.C.
  2. READ ISAIAH 45:1-4. Cyrus told that the Lord would go before him.
  3. READ ISAIAH 45:15-25. Isaiah's testimony of Jehovah.

Events Relative To Judah - Isaiah 47

  1. Prophetic Period 2 - Primarily 635-535 B.C.
  2. Isaiah gave a warning that Babylon would be destroyed because of its wickedness. These warnings can also be applied to the eventual destruction of the world and its wickedness. Consider the following warnings to Babylon and what they teach about the results of seeking after the wicked ways of the world:
  3. WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE GIVE THEIR DEVOTION TO THE WORLD INSTEAD OF THE SAVIOR?
  4. HOW ARE WE DOING? HOW CAN WE HELP OTHERS SEE WHAT THE SAVIOR OFFERS?

Events Relative To Judah - Isaiah 48

  1. Prophetic Period 2 - Primarily 635-535 B.C.
  2. NOTE:  This is the first chapter of Isaiah quoted in the Book of Mormon - 1 Nephi 20.
  3. READ ISAIAH 48:10-11. Israel refined in the furnace of affliction.
  4. READ ISAIAH 48:17-18.

Chapter 49 - Events Of The Last Days (Period 4)

  1. Brother Monte S. Nyman wrote:  "...chapter 49 is one of the most important chapters in the whole book of Isaiah, because it also clearly foretells the mission of the Latter-day Saints and the destiny of the land of America in connection with the house of Israel. Nephi interpreted the chapter as foretelling that the land of America would receive some of scattered Israel, while his brother Jacob applied it both to the Jews in Jerusalem and to the Gentiles. Chapter 49 is of such importance that it ought to be studied diligently by every member of the church." (Great Are The Words of Isaiah, p173-174)
  2. READ ISAIAH 49:5-6. Israel to be a light to the gentiles, to be the Lord's salvation.
  3. READ ISAIAH 49:19-20. The places of gathering to be too narrow..


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

  1. We are blessed to live in this great latter day when we rejoice in the blessings of the Lord and see the prophesies of Isaiah being fulfilled. Great events have yet to occur as we approach the time of the Second Coming. Will we be ready? Are we willing to turn away from Babylon and fully dedicate ourselves to the Lord? If we follow the Lord in obedience "then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea" (Isaiah 48:18). Do we want the temporary glitter of Babylon or the eternal peace found in Zion? As Joshua stated so boldly, "choose you this day whom ye will serve" (Joshua 24:15).
  2. Record your thoughts on the teachings of Isaiah found within this lesson. How can you better follow the Savior and avoid the temptations of the world?


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