Isaiah 13-14; 24-30; 35 Old Testament—2022 Lesson 38 September 12-18, 2022

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This is a commentary on Isaiah 13-14; 24-30; 35 the text for Lesson 38, “A Marvellous Work and a Wonder” in the Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families manual for 2022. This is the second of five lessons on the book of Isaiah. It is to be studied from September 12-18, 2022.

This lesson talks about the Restoration, the plan of salvation, Satan’s role, and prophetic warnings about the last days—focusing on the gathering of Israel. It talks about the covenant path and the role of grace in our salvation.

As I noted last week, these commentaries are about twice as long as the usual ones, although this one is a fair bit shorter than the first. There are several reasons for their length. The principal one is that Isaiah contains most of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the doctrines of the Restoration. There are very few principles and doctrines in the gospel that are not taught in Isaiah, so to properly comment on Isaiah one must not only clarify the text in standard English, but one must preach the gospel a bit and explain it. Many of the chapters to be considered in this lesson are also found in the Book of Mormon. I have noted all the textual changes between the two versions, and I have commented on the differences and what that implies. That also lengthened the lesson a bit since at times we are looking at two slightly different texts.

I realize that many of you don’t have the time, let alone the inclination, to read this entire thing. If so, then I would suggest that you read the chapters assigned from Isaiah and take up the points in the manual. If you come to a chapter or a few verses that interest you, or puzzle you, then pick up this commentary and read the relevant chapter that you can locate in the Table of Contents. Once again, I have written each chapter so that it can be understood on its own without having read the previous material. This is another reason that this commentary is longer. To make each chapter’s commentary stand on its own, a little repetition has been necessary, so I do say some things twice. I don’t assume that you’ve read everything that was previously in the commentary.

There is however a shocking revelation about the desert’s blossoming—but not as a rose I’m afraid—this could be upsetting to some, so a trigger warning here to rose-lovers. There are also minor digressions into steamy bad rock music, Monty Python skits, and happy news for fools. pp. 136

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