I was thinking before starting to study this chapter that Isaiah was writing well before Jesus Christ was born, you might think, “well, duh!” but seriously, I was thinking on this and wondering how long before and there happens to be a footnote at the bottom of my page in the Book of Mormon that tells me, that this is occurring somewhere between the years of 559 and 545 BC. We know that earlier in the Book of Mormon, that Lehi left with his family and fled from Jerusalem at the commandment of the Lord in approximately 600 BC. And I got all excited and then I realized that Isaiah isn’t really writing in 559BC, but that Nephi is writing Isaiah’s words between 559 and 545 BC. I am left somewhat disappointed, but nevertheless, Nephi shares with us Isaiah’s prophesy, and here in 2 Nephi 19 that Jesus Christ will be born.
Let’s take a look at the lists that we can find in Isaiah’s words:
Verse 1: land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, by the way of the Red Sea beyond Jordan in Galilee
Verse 4: the yoke of his burden, the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor
Verse 5: confused with noise and garments rolled in blood
Verse 6: Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace
Verse 14-15: head and tail, branch and rush, the ancient, the prophet
Verse 17: no joy, no mercy, hypocrites, evildoers, folly
What do I gain from this chapter and the lists here? I gain knowledge that Jesus is the Son of God and those that choose to not come unto Him and follow the light shall be devoured in his wrath, but He is loving and merciful and patient. For all the evil that the people shall do, He shall wait with his arms opened unto each man to try and recover them into His fold.
Each list can be looked at and it can be seen that Jesus will love and teach those who want to follow Him and to those that choose the path of darkness, there shall be no pleasure.
And I write this in the name of Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, Amen.