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My Soul Delighteth in the Words of Isaiah

Book of Mormon Lesson #9
Purpose: To inspire class members to read the prophecies of
Isaiah and to help them understand how these prophecies apply
in their lives.
2 Nephi 2:11
And it shall come to pass that the ________________ looks of man shall be
___________________, an the haughtiness of men shall be ___________ down, and the Lord
alone shall be _________________ in that day.
In 2 Nephi 2:6-21 we read that the Lord’s judgment will come upon the
worldly. President Ezra Taft Benson taught, “God will have a humble people.
Either we can choose to be humble or we can be compelled to be humble. Let
us choose to be humble”.
What are some ways that we can choose to become humble and to avoid the
judgment that Isaiah is describing?

D&C 38:24 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Jacob 4:10 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________
D&C 64:10 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________
D&C 58:43 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________
3 Nephi 11:11 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Moroni 10:32 _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Mosiah 2:16-17 __________________________________________________________________________________________________

The humble are easy to recognize They’re the one who do more than asked, more than
required, and they do it with joy and grace. They are the ones who seek to served, not
be served. Retaliate not in kind, but in kindness. The humble read Jesus’ statement,
“It is more blessed to give than to receive” and nod their heads. Whey they hear the
admonition, “He that findeth his life shall lose it and he that loseth his life for my sake
shall find it”, they understand. They have discovered what the world never will. Self
help is no help. Self sacrifice is the way…the way to finding your purpose, your divine
destiny, your Savior.

Isaiah and Nephi testify of Jesus Christ’s redeeming power
(2 Nephi 16; Isaiah 6)

Symbols in Isaiah 6

Verse

Symbol

Meaning

2

Seraphims with 3 pairs
of wings

These angels have three pairs of wings. With one
pair they covered their faces, a picture of
reverence, of the impossibility of looking at the
full glory of God. With one pair they covered their
feet. The feet in scriptures are a picture of
earthly personal activity. By covering their feet
the angels are testifying that their authority is
a derived authority; that it does not spring from
them, but from the one that they worship and
serve. With the final pair of wings the seraphim
fly, a symbol of ceaseless activity and swiftness
in service.

3

“Holy, holy, holy”

The thrice repeated word, “holy” is a recognition
of the three distinct members of the Godhead.

4

The voice of him that
cried

According to John 12:41 Isaiah is seeing a vision
of the Savior

4

smoke

A cloud, a symbol of God’s presence, glory, and
active participation in the unfolding events
(Exodus 19:18)

5

Lips

Scripture frequently uses the symbol of the lips,
tongue or mouth, as revealing what is in the
heart.

6-7

Coal

The coal was not taken from the altar of incese
but from the brazen altar in the courtyard
where the sacrifices were offered. It speaks of
the cost of redemption, the cost of forgiveness. It
foreshadows the One who would lay down his life
that we might be forgiven.

Isaiah 6:5
Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone because I am a man of unclean lips amidst a
people of unclean lips; for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts.
When Isaiah beheld the glory and majesty of God it made him see himself in a new light,
for see God as He is, is to see man as is. When we see ourselves in the light of the greatness
of God, we see, with Isaiah, how far we have fallen from that image. What other prophets
have felt inadequate after beholding the glory of God?

If you have ever felt this way, unworthy of all that the Lord has blessed you with, be
grateful, for God never uses anybody without first bringing him to an awareness of his
own weakness. Nothing hinders our being used by God more than pride and self-sufficiency.
When Isaiah saw the majesty, the glory, and the power of God, there came burning in his
heart a desire to be used of God, to have a part in God’s glorious work. But when he became
aware of that desire, he also became aware that he was not fit to be used. This is not a
very pleasant way to feel, but it is a very hopeful place to be because, as Paul stated, “My
strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my
infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9). As soon as we
recognize our weakness we become able to depend entirely on Christ. Throughout the Bible
we learn that brokenness is strength. In other words, for God to use men and women to
their fullest potential, the Lord needs to demonstrate a new kind of strength that is not
human in origin. It is the strength from the indwelling presence of the Spirit of God, that
is provided by God. Paul was broken on the Damascus road, Peter was broken after
Yeshua was taken prisoner, Jacob was broken at Peniel, and David was broken after his
sin with Bathsheba. The list could easily multiply of those the Lord had to break in
different ways before they could be used in the Kingdom.
It is not until we experience brokenness that we see the frailty of human strength and
come to grips with the reality that we can do nothing in our own strength. After
acknowledging this, new strength emerges that God provides, His strength that He uses
mightily. As Scripture tells us in 1 Samuel 2:4, “The bows of the warriors are broken, but
those who stumbled are armed with strength.” God resists the proud but gives grace,
power, and strength to the humble. Do not fear weakness or brokenness, for it may be the
missing component to a life that emerges with a new kind of strength, not previously
known. Pray for a broken and contrite heart that God will abundantly bless.
Choose to walk in faith, not fear; leaning in grace, not guilt. Hearing God’s voice more and
your voice less.
How has God used your feelings of weakness and inadequacy to teach you about his power
and grace?

2 Nephi 21:1
And there shall come forth a _________ out of the stem of ______________, and a
branch shall grow out of his ________________.
This verse hints at the fact that the Messiah will appear on the scene in a
very obscure way. Like a great tree that has been cut down, the ancestry
of Jesus represented in David and his father Jesse has been reduced to
obscurity and insignificance. But out of that lowly stump will arise a shoot,
a single sprout. When Jesus is referred to as “the son of David” in the
gospels, it is always to frame his royal heritage. But, when he is called “the
root of Jesse”, it is a reference to his humble beginnings.

2 Nephi 21:2-4
This scripture testifies of seven of the divine gifts that the Savior will
carry with him. They are the spirit of the Lord, the spirit of wisdom, the
spirit of understanding, the spirit of counsel, the spirit of the might, the
spirit of knowledge of the Lord, and the spirit of the fear of the Lord. These
gifts correspond to the Jewish candlestick, the Menorah. A Menorah has a
central staff that parallels this phrase, “The spirit of the Lord will rest
upon him”. Linked to that central staff are three pairs of light holders.
These correspond to the gifts of the spirit elucidated in this passage. The
spirit of wisdom and the spirit of knowledge and understanding are linked
together. Likewise, the spirit of counsel and of might and the spirit of the
knowledge of the Lord and the spirit of the fear of the Lord.
The first pair, The spirit of wisdom and knowledge speak of Jesus
The second pair, “the spirit of counsel and of might” speak of Jesus’
authority. Counsel is the ability to give good and right advice while might is
the ability to help carry it out. This is described more fully in verse three,
“He shall not judge…”
The third pair, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord speaks of
Jesus’ intimate relationship with the Father out of which flows the
amazing peace for which Jesus is known.

2 Nephi 23
Isaiah is prophesying of the destruction of Babylon. He says that Babylon would
be destroyed for their pride and their refusal to bend their will to the will of the
Lord. If Jesus was utterly reliant upon the Savior how much more are we?
What gift can you give that He did not give first? What truth can you teach
that he didn’t teach first? You give love, but who loved you first? You can
serve, but who served the most?
Journal: What are the most important lessons you have learned from this study
of the worlds of Isaiah?