Sunday, February 14, 2010

3 Nephi 23

1 And now, behold, I say unto you, that ye ought to search these things. Yea, a commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah.

So many have stopped reading the Book of Mormon on repeated attempts when they arrived at the "Isaiah chapters" in 2 Nephi. Or they have skipped those chapters altogether. Isn't it remarkable that Isaiah is quoted so often by these ancient American prophets? And then, in 3 Nephi, the Savior Himself directs us to "search these things . . . for great are the words of Isaiah." I don't understand all of the words of Isaiah, but over almost 40 readings of the Book of Mormon and several readings of Isaiah in the King James version of the Old Testament, I have come to love these beautiful words. He truly testified of Christ long before His coming. My heart burns when I read (Isaiah 53),

4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

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