Friday, July 11, 2014

2 Nephi 19

This chapter is filled with what Nephi would refer to as “delights,” for there are so many prophesies about Christ.  In verse 2 we read of the coming of the Savior and His mission to restore us to God and to overcome death:  “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.”  Then there’s the incredible verse 6 announcing His birth and sharing the poetic recitation: “and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  Those are delightful prophesies, aren’t they?  But it doesn’t end with the birth, death and resurrection of the Savior.  Later in the chapter Isaiah talks of one of those ongoing delights that helps us to love the Lord.  After describing the abominations of the human race, we read these words that can comfort those who are worried about “wayward” loved ones:  “For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.”  The Lord never gives up on us.    
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