Understanding the Scriptures
|Exalted (vv. 2, 11, 17)||Raised up high, put in a high place|
|Rebuke (v. 4)||Call to repentance, reprimand|
|Be replenished from the east (v. 6)||Take their spiritual nourishment from the pagan religions of Assyria and Babylon|
|Soothsayers (v. 6)||People who try to foretell future events, fortune-tellers|
|Lofty (vv. 11–12)||Proud|
|Haughtiness (vv. 11, 17)||Pride|
|Utterly abolish (v. 18)||Completely destroy|
|Cast (v. 20)||Throw away|
|Cease ye from man (v. 22)||Stop trusting in man|
|Accounted of (v. 22)||Regarded, considered|
2 Nephi 12:2–4—“The Mountain of the Lord’s House”
In Isaiah’s day, the phrase “mountain of the Lord’s house” specifically referred to the temple in Jerusalem. Prophets in our day have taught that it refers also to all temples, which become “mountains of the Lord” where people may come and learn of God’s ways so they can walk in His paths. President Howard W. Hunter taught that Isaiah’s vision applies both to individuals and to the whole world. After encouraging members to “make the temple, with temple worship and temple covenants and temple marriage, our ultimate earthly goal and the supreme mortal experience,” he gave the following invitation and promise:
“May you let the meaning and beauty and peace of the temple come into your everyday life more directly in order that the millennial day may come, that promised time when ‘they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more … [but shall] walk in the light of the Lord’ (Isa. 2:4–5)” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1994, 118; or Ensign, Nov. 1994, 88).
2 Nephi 12:12—“The Day of the Lord”
“The day of the Lord” is a phrase that refers to a time of judgment. For the many Israelites, it was when the Assyrians and the Babylonians came to conquer. The Second Coming of Christ will be a “day of the Lord” when the wicked will be destroyed. On an individual level, the day of the Lord may be the day we die and return to God or simply a time when we realize our circumstances are beyond our control and we need the Lord’s help. As quoted in 2 Nephi 12:10–22, Isaiah dramatically described how earthly things that seem so valuable to some will mean nothing at that day.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study 2 Nephi 12.
Picture the Message
As quoted in 2 Nephi 12:2–4, Isaiah prophesied of the blessings that would come to Israel when they placed the temple and its ordinances and covenants above all earthly things. In 2 Nephi 12:5–9 is his description of what the people felt was important and what they trusted in instead of the Lord. Draw a picture that represents Isaiah’s message in 2 Nephi 12:1–9. You could draw it, make a collage using pictures from magazines and newspapers, or use a combination of both. Include what you think are modern examples of the idols and false ways of obtaining guidance that Isaiah spoke about in verses 6–9.