Jeremiah 45-46

Jeremiah 45-46

Chapter 45: The Life of Baruch shall be preserved

Baruch (who had written/read Jeremiah’s prophecies in the temple in Jeremiah 36) is in anguish regarding the destruction of Judah, but is assured that the Lord will build what he has broken down and that his life shall be preserved.

Chapter 46: Conquest of Egypt and Babylon

The prophet sees the preparation of Pharaoh Necho for the battle of Carchemish. In their confidence of victory, the Egyptians are like a river overflowing its banks. However, they will be defeated as the Lord decreed by the river Euphrates. The Egyptians will be overthrown by Nebuchadnezzar after his siege of Tyre. The Jews will be eventually returned to divine favour as Jacob returns to his own land.

Jeremiah 31-32

Jeremiah 31-32

Chapter 31: Israel shall be gathered

The northern kingdom will be restored. Rachel is represented rising from her tomb, lamenting, but then being consoled by the thought of future restoration. Ephraim repents, and is reconciled. Peace and prosperity returns to the posterity of Jacob. There shall no more be sour grapes, because they shall all know the Lord.

We learn about forgiveness of the Lord because in verse 30 it reads; “But everyone shall die for his own iniquity…” (Jeremiah 31:30) and then later we read; “…I [God] will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34). So here we learn that not only can we be forgiven of our sins, but that we cannot be punished for the sins of others!

Chapter 32: The Lord will gather Israel

Word comes to Jeremiah in the tenth year of the reign of Zedekiah, during the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem. Jeremiah is imprisoned, and God tells him to redeem a field in Anathoth through his cousin Hanameel. The contract is delivered to Baruch. The contract is used by God as a sign that the Jews will once more possess their land after the Babylonian captivity. An everlasting covenant will be made.

Isaiah 59-60

Isaiah 59-60

Chapter 59: Israel is separated from God

                The problem is not that the Lord’s hand is shortened, so it cannot save. The problem is the sins of the people – lies, iniquity and injustice. Darkness comes, and the people growl like bears, and moan sadly like doves. In the absence of righteousness, the Lord Himself became a righteous warrior, and lifted up his standard before the enemy. The Redeemer shall come to Zion. Our sin will separate us from God “…your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)

Chapter 60: Israel shall be restored

Arise; shine, for your light has come. The gentiles shall come to your light. “…the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.” (Isaiah 60:2) this verse is talking about the Apostasy that will cover the earth, but with the light of God, He will restore His Gospel and His Church… The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Great treasures will come to Israel from many lands. The sons of those who afflicted Israel shall come bowing. The walls shall be called Salvation, and the gates Praise. The Lord will be an everlasting light to replace the sun and the moon. The days of mourning shall be ended.

Isaiah 25-26

Isaiah 25-26

Chapter 25: Tyre shall be overthrown

God is praised for his righteous judgment, and for assisting the needy. A feast will be prepared on Zion. Death will be swallowed up forever, and all tears wiped away.

“…Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord…” (Isaiah 25:9)

People will proclaim a God they have waited for, and who has saved them.
The pride of Moab will be brought down, as the Lord spreads out his hands like a swimmer reaches out to swim.

Chapter 26: Men Shall Change the Scriptures

The strength of the city will be celebrated. The Lord is the source of the city’s strength. The Lord will bring down those who dwell on high. The upright will desire the Lord, and the wicked shall remain unaware as the fire of enemies devours them. All masters other than the Lord are dead. We have been in pain, as if in labour. The dead shall rise. The day of the Lord’s judgment will come.

Through all of this we can learn something about patience the Lord speaks to His people: “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.” (Isaiah 26:20)

                We need to remember that the Lord works on His own time, but if we are patient the Lord WILL save us! Sometimes it might feel like a long time, but we have to remember that our life on this earth is short compared to eternity… our pain and suffer is a “little moment” in the Lord’s eyes.

Isaiah 23-24

Isaiah 23-24

Chapter 23: Tyre shall be overthrown

The burden against Tyre. The sailors will agonize when they hear about the destruction of their home port. The pride of Tyre will be dishonored. Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years. God will allow Tyre, symbolized by a prostitute, to continue her gross materialism with all the kingdoms of the world, but her gain and her pay will be set apart for the Lord.

Chapter 24: Men Shall Change the Scriptures

The land will be emptied and laid waste. The earth will mourn and fade away, because people “…have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant” (Isaiah 23:5). The simple doctrines and ordinances taught by the Savior were debated and changed to conform to worldly ideas. This would lead to the need for a Restoration of the Gospel.

The Book of Mormon expands on what happened:

“And after they go forth by the hand of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, from the Jews unto the Gentiles, thou seest the formation of that great and abominable church, which is most abominable above all other churches; for behold, they have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious; and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away…this have they done that they might pervert the right ways of the Lord, that they might blind the eyes and harden the hearts of the children of men… after the book hath gone forth through the hands of the great and abominable church, that there are many plain and precious things taken away from the book… And after these plain and precious things were taken away it goeth forth unto all the nations of the Gentiles… Neither will the Lord God suffer that the Gentiles shall forever remain in that awful state of blindness, which thou beholdest they are in, because of the plain and most precious parts of the gospel of the Lamb which have been kept back by that abominable church, whose formation thou hast seen….

 behold, saith the Lamb: I will manifest myself unto thy seed, that they shall write many things which I shall minister unto them, which shall be plain and precious; and after thy seed shall be destroyed, and dwindle in unbelief, and also the seed of thy brethren, behold, these things shall be hid up, to come forth unto the Gentiles, by the gift and power of the Lamb…. And after it had come forth unto them I beheld other books, which came forth by the power of the Lamb, from the Gentiles unto them, unto the convincing of the Gentiles and the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and also the Jews who were scattered upon all the face of the earth, that the records of the prophets and of the twelve apostles of the Lamb are true…. These last records, which thou hast seen among the Gentiles, shall establish the truth of the first, which are of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, and shall make known the plain and precious things which have been taken away from them; and shall make known to all kindreds, tongues, and people, that the Lamb of God is the Son of the Eternal Father, and the Savior of the world; and that all men must come unto him, or they cannot be saved.(1 Nephi 13:26-40)

                In the last days the Book of Mormon will come forth as Another Testament (or evidence) of Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 19-20

Isaiah 19-20

Chapter 19: The Lord Will Smite Egypt

The burden against Egypt. The Lord strikes Egypt by giving them over to civil war and submission to a cruel master. The Nile will be dried, and the Egyptian economy thereby ruined. Foolish counsel has caused Egypt to stagger like a drunken man in his vomit. Judah will be a terror to Egypt. The Egyptians will turn to the Lord, and a savior shall deliver them. There will be a peace between the three former enemies of Egypt, Assyria and Israel.

Chapter 20: Assyria Shall Overrun Egypt

In the year of the fall of the Philistine king Ashdod at the hands of the Assyrians (711 BC). The Lord commands Isaiah to go naked – as he is naked, so shall the Egyptians and Ethiopians be led away naked as captives by Assyria. On this day, Judah will be ashamed that it once trusted to these nations.

Psalms 101-102

Psalms 101-102

Chapter 101: Cutting of the “Evildoers”

A Psalm of David

                David gives some great advice in this Psalm. He tells the Lord that he will “…behave…wisely in a perfect way… I will walk… with a perfect heart.” (Psalms 101:2)

David continues to say that he will not dwell with wickedness; “…I will not know a wicked person. Whoso privily slandereth his neighbor, him will I cut off…” (Psalms 101:4-5) David tells us that we really shouldn’t be around people who are wicked, who slander their neighbors. He also tells us that “…he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.” (Psalms 101:7)

What we can learn from this is that while being nice and treating everyone equal… we should not have friends or associate with people that are wicked. I mean, after all, what is the point? If we are around wickedness while light from the Lord is trying to shine through us, it will only become dim in the darkness of those around us. Don’t associate with evil.

Chapter 102: Zion shall be built when Christ comes

A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the Lord

                “Hear my prayer, O Lord… Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble…” (Psalms 102:1-2) I am sure that almost everyone in the world at some point in time felt like the author of this Psalm which was written for those who were afflicted.

Zion will appear and be built up in the day that the Lord comes in His glory! The Lord will come down from His sanctuary to liberate the captive and loose those that are appointed unto death.  Even while heaven and earth perish, the Lord who created them shall endure forever!

 

Psalms 95-96

Psalms 95-96

Chapter 95: Praise the Lord

This Psalm opens with an invitation to “…sing unto the Lord… to come unto his presence with thanksgiving… For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” (Psalms 95:1-3)

As we continue to read we learn about the Israelites and how they failed to enter into his rest when they tempted the Lord in the wilderness, which led to 40 years of pain, because they did not “…know my [The Lord’s] ways:” (Psalms 95:10)

Chapter 96: The Lord shall Judge His People

Sing praises unto the Lord and “Declare his glory among the heathen… he is to be feared above all gods.” (Psalms 96:3-4) We need to not only praise the Lord but bring offerings unto him.  For the Lord “…he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness…” (Psalms 96:13)

 

Psalms 93-94

 

Psalms 93-94

Chapter 93: The Lord is Everlasting

The Lord reigns, He reigns in majesty… forever. The world was established and it cannot be moved, because it too is everlasting. The Lord’s throne is everlasting.

Chapter 94: The Lord Shall Judge the Earth

The Lord God (Jesus) will judge the World and “…render a reward…” (Psalms 94:2) Those who are wicked will be put into a pit and those who love the Lord will be given a just reward.

“Blessed is the man whom thou [The Lord] chastenest…” (Psalms 94:12) In other words, the man who the Lord disciplines will be a blessed man. The Lord does not take joy in “disciplining” us, just like a mother or father do not like to punish their children. But God does it, because He loves us. He wants us to learn something from our situations to better ourselves.

The author has some of the best words for fools; “…ye fools, when will ye be wise? He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall he not see?” (Psalms 94:9-9) Essentially the author is telling us, you have eyes and ears… and yet you can’t see or hear? You are a fool.

Psalms 89-90

Psalms 89-90

Chapter 89: Christ’s Throne shall be established

Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite

                Ethan tells us that the Lord is merciful and that no one can be compared to Him. We learn that in the assembly/congregation of the saints, the Lord is greatly feared. This Psalm is essentially about the: mercy, greatness, justice, and judgment of the Holy one of Israel. Ethan tells us that David’s seed (through Christ) will be established forever.

There is one thing that really caught my eye “He [Jesus] shall cry unto me [God the Father], thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. Also I will make him my first born, higher than the kings of the earth.” (Psalms 89:26-27)

                This tells us a few very important gospel truths:

  • Jesus is the son of God the Father (Elohiem)
  • Jesus is the first son of God “…that he might be the firstborn among many bretheren.” (Romans 8:29)
  • Jesus is separate from God the Father (the Trinity: God the Father, His Son [Jesus] and the Holy Ghost). The Three are separate and individual beings.

Chapter 90: Man’s days, compared to God’s

A Prayer of Moses the man of God

                This is a Prayer of Moses where we learn that God is everlasting. Man’s life is meant to be “three score years and ten”; three score was a term used to say “60” and “10”= “70” so in other words humans are meant to live to age “70” according to Moses’s prayer.

Moses tells the Lord that He “…hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance” (Psalms 90:8). Moses is essentially confessing his and his peoples sins. Although I strongly feel that the Lord already knows our sins. Our sins are not secret from Him. Moses asks the Lord for his kindness in blessing the people.