Isaiah 3-4

Isaiah 3-4

Chapter 3: Judah and Jerusalem are punished

The Lord will take away all people of status from Jerusalem and Judah, and give babes to rule over them. The Lord will punish pride, including that of the daughters of Zion, who are wanton and mincing, and wear all manner of finery. The Lord will smite them with scabs and other afflictions. The men and the mighty shall fall in war.

Chapter 4: Zion shall be cleansed

The calamities of war will be so great that seven women shall be left to one man. These people were purged of filth, the Lord will bless the remnant, and the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night will be created in every dwelling place, and in all the assemblies.

“And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.” (Isaiah 4:1) This is very similar to the “Polygamy” that occurred in the LDS Church in the early days. Because of the oppression and persecution by the people and the government, many LDS members who were men were killed or imprisoned. Because of this, many women (in a time when women were not given rights without men) were forced to “marry” men in the church for legal purposes to continue to have respect and power as women. Majority of the marriages of plural wives were still monogamous in nature.

 

Isaiah 1-2

Isaiah 1-2

Chapter 1: Zion and the Restoration

This is the vision of Isaiah and what saw through what I see as the Lord’s eyes; “Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.” (Isaiah 1:4) God is no doubt, upset and very angry with what He sees. The Lord compares Israel to Sodom and Gomorrah for its apostasy and evil.

The Lord speaks about the prayer of the hypocrite; “And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.” (Isaiah 1:15) But there is a remedy to this sin and evil… “Wash you, make you clean… Learn to do well… reason together… though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as now; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)

If we repent, the Lord will forgive us! But we must be willing to make changes and make ourselves clean from those sins. If are willing, we will “…eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured…” (Isaiah 1:19-20)

Chapter 2: Temples in the Last Days

Isaiah sees a vision of the latter days…

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the tops of mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2:2-4)

                Essentially Isaiah sees a vision of the last days, where God’s church would be restored and the Temples would be built and shortly following that the Second Coming of Jesus would happen, where there would be 1,000 years of peace in the World.

The most interesting part of this, to me, is the following: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the tops of mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it…” (Isaiah 2:2) The reason this is so fascinating to me, is because the “tops of mountains” is a translation of a meaning of the word “Ute” which was the Indian Tribe of Utah, where the state was named and one of the most famous Temples in the world… the Salt Lake Temple has visitors from ALL around the world flock there on a daily basis. Isaiah was speaking of the Latter-day Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In the last days, the proud and the wicked will be brought low and the judgment will occur for everyone during the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

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 99-100

Psalms 99-100

Chapter 99: The Lord: Great in Zion

“The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble…” (Psalms 99:1) The Lord will be great as He reigns in Zion. We need to worship him and no one else.

The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron and the priests through “…the cloudy pillar…” (Psalms 99:7) and these priests kept their testimonies. The Lord is great in Zion.

Chapter 100: The Psalm of Thanksgiving

A Psalm of Praise

                The title of the Psalm gives us a good summary. We need to serve the Lord and praise him with gladness, be thankful and bless his name.

Psalms 87-88

Psalms 87-88

Chapter 87: The Lord Loves the Gates of Zion

A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah

                The Lord loves the gates of Zion, where the city of God dwells. The Lord will establish himself there.

Although this Psalm does not say much some believe that it is talking about the Jerusalem here on earth and the Jerusalem in the heavens; Verses 1-3 are about Jerusalem on earth, the capital city of the Jews. Verses 4-6 are about another Jerusalem.

Chapter 88: Loving Kindness of the Lord

A Song or Psalm for the sons of Korah, to the chief Musician upon Mahalath Leannoth, Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite

                This is a psalm is theorized to have been either written by Heman, someone who knew Heman or quite possibly it had been written by Job. No one is for sure. Whoever wrote this Psalm was by someone that was ill since they were a child. Either way it is a sad psalm. The author prays, but God does not seem to listen, making one feel like they are already in hell, or a dark place under the ground. The author writes;

“…I am a man that hath no strength… who thou [The Lord] rememberest no more… thou hast afflicted me…” (Psalms 88:4-7) Yet the author tells us that he calls upon God every morning. That is what the psalm teaches us. If things get bad … pray to God every morning!