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Ten Keys to Understanding Isaiah

LDS Scripture Teachings

Elder Bruce R. McConkie Elder Bruce R. McConkie

Elder McConkie shared 10 keys to understanding Isaiah, and I wanted to share them here. I am grateful to him for his work in teaching the scriptures to all of us!

1. Gain an overall knowledge of the plan of salvation and of God’s dealings with his earthly children. The book of Isaiah is not a definitive work that outlines and explains the doctrines of salvation, as do 2 Nephi and Moroni in the Book of Mormon, for instance. Rather, it is written to people who already know among other things, that Jesus is the Lord through whose atoning blood salvation comes, and that faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and righteous works are essential to an inheritance in his Father’s kingdom. To illustrate, it takes a prior knowledge of preexistence and the War in Heaven to recognize in Isaiah 14 the account…

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