David Ridges, LDS scholar, and longtime Seminary and Institute teacher suggests three things to get into the Book of Isaiah. These include:
- Go to 1 Nephi 19:23-24 to search for the two main reasons, according to Nephi, that Isaiah is so valuable for us.
23 And I did read many things unto them which were written in the abooks of Moses; but that I might more fully persuade them to believe in the Lord their Redeemer I did read unto them that which was written by the prophet bIsaiah; for I did cliken al scriptures unto us, that it might be for our dprofit and learning.24 Wherefore I spake unto them, saying: Hear ye the words of the prophet, ye who are a aremnant of the house of Israel, a bbranch who have been broken off; chear ye the words of the prophet, which were written unto all the house of Israel, and liken them unto yourselves, that ye may have hope as well as your brethren from whom ye have been broken off; for after this manner has the prophet written.
(Answers: Isaiah persuades us to more completely believe in Christ.
And, he gives us hope that we can make it. Example: Isaiah 1:18.))
- Isaiah is deliberately symbolic which gives several possible levels of meaning. An example again from Isaiah 1:18 where “crimson” is a colorfast dye in that culture.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet [cloth dyed with scarlet, a colorfast dye], they shall be as white as snow [even though you think your sins are “colorfast,” the Atonement can cleanse you]; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool [a long process is required to get wool white, but it can be done]. Ridges, David J., The Old Testament Made Easier
So, even though you may think your sins are “colorfast,’ the Savior’s Atonement can cleanse them too!
3. Open your scriptures to Isaiah 6, which has only 13 verses, and work through it verse-by-verse, making notes right in your scriptures (as seen in Isaiah Made Easier).
These three things should help get anyone excited about Isaiah.
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