The Glory of Zion Will Be a Defense “Lesson 36: The Glory of Zion Will Be a Defense,” Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 175Isaiah 1–6Purpose To avoid the evils of the world by standing in holy places and to draw strength from Isaiah’s willingness to serve. “Great are the words of Isaiah,” the Savior proclaimed as he commanded the Nephites to search Isaiah’s prophecies (3 Nephi 23:1). Isaiah’s prophecies are quoted more often in the New Testament, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants than the words of any other prophet. He prophesied many things about the earthly mission of the Savior, about the destruction that would follow Israel’s wickedness, and about the mission and destiny of latter-day Israel.
DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS 45:32Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio, March 7, 1831. HC 1: 158–163. Prefacing his record of his revelation, the Prophet states that “at this age of the Church many false reports and foolish stories were published and circulated, to prevent people from investigating the work or embracing the faith; but to the joy of the saints . . . I received the following.” 1–5, Christ is our Advocate with the Father; 6–10, The gospel is a messenger to prepare the way before the Lord; 11–15, Enoch and his brethren received by the Lord unto himself; 16–23, Christ revealed signs of his coming as given on the Mount of Olives; 24–38, The gospel shall be restored, the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled, and a desolating sickness cover the land; 39–47, Signs, wonders, and the resurrection are to attend the Second Coming; 48–53, Christ shall stand on Mount of Olives, and Jews shall see the wounds in his hands and feet; 54–59, The Lord shall reign during the Millennium; 60–62, The Prophet is instructed to begin the translation of the New Testament, through which important information would be made known; 63–75, The saints are commanded to gather and build the New Jerusalem, to which people from all nations will come. 32 But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved; but among the wicked, men shall lift up their voices and curse God and die. DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS 87:8Revelation and prophecy on war, given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, December 25, 1832. HC 1: 301–302. This section was received at a time when the brethren were reflecting and reasoning upon African slavery on the American continent and the slavery of the children of men throughout the world. 1–4, War foretold between the Northern States and the Southern States; 5–8, Great calamities shall fall upon all the inhabitants of the earth. 8 Wherefore, stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come; for behold, it cometh quickly, saith the Lord. Amen. DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS 101:22Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, December 16, 1833. HC 1: 458–464. At this time the saints who had gathered in Missouri were suffering great persecution. Mobs had driven them from their homes in Jackson County, and some of them had tried to establish themselves in Van Buren County, but persecution followed them. The main body of the saints was at that time in Clay County, Missouri. Threats of death against individuals of the Church were many. The people had lost household furniture, clothing, livestock, and other personal property, and many of their crops had been destroyed. 1–8, The saints are chastened and afflicted because of their transgressions; 9–15, The Lord’s indignation shall fall upon the nations, but his people will be gathered and comforted; 16–21, Zion and her stakes shall be established; 22–31, The nature of life during the Millennium is set forth; 32–42, The saints shall be blessed and rewarded then; 43–62, Parable of the nobleman and the olive trees signifying the troubles and eventual redemption of Zion; 63–75, The saints are to continue their gathering together; 76–80, The Lord established the Constitution of the United States; 81–101, The saints are to importune for the redress of grievances, according to the parable of the woman and the unjust judge. 22 Behold, it is my will, that all they who call on my name, and worship me according to mine everlasting gospel, should gather together, and stand in holy places; “Stand ye in holy places, and be not moved.”What do you think this phrase means? (Answers may include being worthy at all times, desiring to be in holy places frequently, choosing not to go into unholy places, having confidence that God will guide you, and taking a stand for truth and holiness.) The Lord has commanded us to stand in holy places and to know what these holy places are.
1. Isaiah describes the condition of the world in the last days. • Many of Isaiah’s warnings and prophecies apply both to his time, which was a time of great wickedness, and to our time. How are the conditions described in the following scriptures evident in the world today?
What are the condition that Isaiah’ describes that are evident in the world today? a. Isaiah 1:3–5 (Rebellion against the Lord) b. Isaiah 1:11–15 (Religious ceremonies without meaning or faith) c. Isaiah 2:7–8 (Worship of worldly things and military security instead of the Lord; note that horses and chariots were used as instruments of war in ancient times) d. Isaiah 2:11–12 (Pride) e. Isaiah 3:5 (Oppression of other people and failing to honor older people) f. Isaiah 3:9 (No shame for sin) g. Isaiah 3:14–15 (Taking advantage of the poor and failing to care for them) h. Isaiah 3:16–24 (Emphasis on outward physical beauty at the expense of righteousness and good character) i. Isaiah 5:8 (Greedy desires to own more and more material things) j. Isaiah 5:11–12 (Constantly seeking worldly pleasures instead of seeking the Lord and his work) k. Isaiah 5:20 (Saying that evil things are good and good things are evil) l. Isaiah 5:21 (Trusting in oneself instead of in God) m. Isaiah 5:24 (Despising the commandments and word of God) • How are these prophecies being fulfilled today?
Making our religious observances acceptable to the Lord • According to Isaiah 1:11, 16–17, why were the Israelites’ sacrifices unacceptable to the Lord? (Although the Israelites tried to be outwardly religious, their hearts were far from God. See also Matthew 5:23–24; Moroni 7:6–9.) Why do some people try to be outwardly religious even though their hearts are far from God? Why does this kind of hypocrisy offend God?
The blessings of forgiveness • Isaiah provided two beautiful images that help us understand how completely the Lord will forgive those who repent. He said, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18). How can these images help us when we have sinned and feel far from the Lord? (See also D&C 58:42.)
Avoiding worldliness in appearance • Elder Joseph Fielding Smith said that the prophecy in Isaiah 3:16–24 refers to today’s Church members and “pertains to the men as well as to the women” (Answers to Gospel Questions, comp. Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., 5 vols. [1957–66], 5:174). How might our manner of dress reflect or influence our spiritual well-being? What does it mean to dress modestly? What are the dangers of becoming too concerned with our dress and personal appearance? (See Alma 31:27–28.) How can we teach children to avoid worldliness in appearance?
Calling evil good and good evil • Why was Israel’s ability to distinguish between good and evil impaired? (See Isaiah 5:20.) In what ways do people today call evil good and good evil? What can we do to ensure that we recognize the difference between good and evil? (See 2 Nephi 32:5; D&C 45:57.)
“Wise in their own eyes” • What did Isaiah mean when he warned people not to be “wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight”? (Isaiah 5:21). What causes this problem? Why is it dangerous? How can we guard against it?
“His hand is stretched out still” • What message did Isaiah emphasize in Isaiah 5:25, 9:12, 17, 21, and 10:4? Why is this message important? How have you come to know of the truth of this message?
2. Isaiah counsels the faithful to stand in holy places. • What places offer safety from the worldly conditions mentioned by Isaiah? What are the three holy places mentioned in Isaiah 4:5–6? a. Every dwelling place of mount Zion (homes) b. Assemblies (stakes, wards, and branches; see also D&C 115:5–6) c. Tabernacle (temples) • How can a home be a holy place that offers refuge from the wickedness of the world? How can stakes, wards, and branches be holy places and refuges? How can a temple be a holy place and refuge? How have these three holy places helped provide a defense for you against the evils of the world? Stand in Holy PlacesHomes; 2. Stakes, Wards, and Branches; and 3. Temples.• What expressions are used in Isaiah 4:5–6 to describe how these holy places will protect us? a. “A shadow in the daytime from the heat” b. “A place of refuge” c. “A covert [a hiding place or shelter] from storm and from rain” • Many of Isaiah’s writings are also included in the Book of Mormon. Have class members read 2 Nephi 14:5 to discover what words are added to Isaiah 4:5. (The words of Zion are added.) What do these words add to our understanding of this verse?
• What prophecy about temples in the last days is included in Isaiah 2:2–3? (Many people will come to the house of God, which is the temple, and desire to learn God’s commandments and walk in his ways.) Why do you think Isaiah described the temple as a “mountain of the Lord”? (Ancient prophets often went to mountains to commune with the Lord and receive counsel from him. He revealed things to them there. We can have similar experiences in the temple today.)
3. Isaiah describes the gathering of Israel in the latter days. In Isaiah 5:26–29, Isaiah describes the latter-day gathering of Israel. The ensign that is being lifted up is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. To “hiss” is to whistle or summon, which represents the invitation to the nations of the earth to gather to the Church. This gathering will be swift and powerful. • How is the prophecy that nations will be gathered to the Church being fulfilled today? (Missionaries are going throughout the world to teach the gospel and gather people to the truth.) What can each of us do to help fulfill this prophecy? Video: As Sisters in Zion/We are the Army of Helaman 5:59 minhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVHhcHOj7NI&feature=related
What can each of us do to help fulfill this prophecy? Video: As Sisters in Zion/We are the Army of Helaman 5:59 minhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVHhcHOj7NI&feature=related
4. Isaiah responded willingly to his call to be a prophet. The Lord called Isaiah to be a prophet through a vision in which Isaiah saw the Lord in his glory. This vision is recorded in Isaiah 6. • How did Isaiah describe the glory of the Lord? (See Isaiah 6:1–4.) What was Isaiah’s response when he saw the Lord? (See Isaiah 6:5. Isaiah felt unworthy to be in the Lord’s presence.) How did the Lord symbolically show that Isaiah was clean before him? (See Isaiah 6:6–7.) How did Isaiah respond when the Lord called him to be a prophet? (See Isaiah 6:8.) • In accepting his call, Isaiah used the same words as the Savior did when He accepted the responsibility to carry out the plan of our Father in Heaven for the salvation of his children (Abraham 3:27). What are some situations in which we may also need to answer the Lord with similar words? (Answers could include when we are called to serve missions, when we are asked to serve in the Church, and when we are asked to endure difficult trials.) • Many chapters of Isaiah are recorded in the Book of Mormon, including chapters 2 through 6. What reasons did the prophet Nephi give for including Isaiah’s writings in his record? (See 2 Nephi 11:8.) • Which messages from these chapters from Isaiah cause you to rejoice? Which messages of these chapters do you feel are most important to liken to yourself?
ConclusionThe words of Isaiah teach us many things about the latter days. By studying Isaiah’s counsel, we can learn how to stand in holy places and avoid the evils of the world. By following his example, we can be more willing servants of our Father in Heaven. The Mountain of the Lord – Temples – Will Dot the Earth 4:29 minhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7_CRN74Ues&feature=related
36 Old Testament - Glory of Zion Will Be a Defense
The Glory<br />of <br />Zion<br />Will Be a Defense <br />Isaiah 1–6<br />“Lesson 36: <br />The Glory of Zion Will Be a Defense,” <br />Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 175<br />
Stand ye in Holy Places, and <br />be not moved<br />
Isaiah describes the condition<br /> of the world<br /> in the<br /> last days <br />
Isaiah’s Description <br /> of the Conditions Evident<br /> in the World Today<br />a. Isaiah 1:3–5 Rebellion against the Lord<br />b. Isaiah 1:11–15 Religious ceremonies without meaning or faith<br />Isaiah 2:7–8 Worship of worldly things and military security instead of the Lord<br />d. Isaiah 2:11–12 Pride<br />e. Isaiah 3:5 Oppression of other people and failing to honor older people<br />f. Isaiah 3:9 No shame for sin<br />g. Isaiah 3:14–15 Taking advantage of the poor and failing to care for them<br />Isaiah 3:16–24 Emphasis on outward physical beauty at the expense of <br />righteousness and good character<br />i. Isaiah 5:8 Greedy desires to own more and more material things<br />Isaiah 5:11–12 Constantly seeking worldly pleasures instead of seeking the Lord <br />and his work<br />k. Isaiah 5:20 Saying that evil things are good and good things are evil<br />l. Isaiah 5:21 Trusting in oneself instead of in God<br />m. Isaiah 5:24 Despising the commandments and word of God<br />
Making Our Religious Observances Acceptable to the Lord<br />
Avoiding Worldliness in Appearance<br />Pres. Joseph Fielding Smith said that the prophecy in Isaiah 3:16–24 refers to today’s Church members and “pertains to the men as well as to the women” (Answers to Gospel Questions, comp. Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., 5 vols. [1957–66], 5:174).<br />
The Gift of the Holy Ghost<br />Helps Us to<br />Recognize the Difference Between Good and Evil<br />
How to Guard Against Being ‘Wise in Our Own Eyes’…<br />