D&C Section 113

I know from experience, that studying the words of Isaiah can be very difficult. It is not always easy to understand what is meant by the things he wrote. I also know, however, that the words of Isaiah are some of the greatest words ever written. I think that I can safely say this, considering the number of times that his words are repeated throughout all of the scriptures. This section is answers to some of the many questions that the saints have had about the words of Isaiah.

In Isaiah 11, we read of the Stem of Jesse (see Isaiah 11). Here is what the prophet teaches us in this section:

1 Who is the Stem of Jesse spoken of in the 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, and 5th verses of the 11th chapter of Isaiah?
2 Verily thus saith the Lord: It is Christ.
3 What is the rod spoken of in the first verse of the 11th chapter of Isaiah, that should come of the Stem of Jesse?
4 Behold, thus saith the Lord: It is a servant in the hands of Christ, who is partly a descendant of Jesse as well as of Ephraim, or of the house of Joseph, on whom there is laid much power.
5 What is the root of Jesse spoken of in the 10th verse of the 11th chapter?
6 Behold, thus saith the Lord, it is a descendant of Jesse, as well as of Joseph, unto whom rightly belongs the priesthood, and the keys of the kingdom, for an ensign, and for the gathering of my people in the last days.

The Stem of Jesse is Christ, who is a literal descendant of Jesse through his son King David. The rod that is a servant of Christ, and the root of Jesse that rightly had the keys are both references to Joseph Smith. At this point the keys and authority of the priesthood had been restored through him for the gathering of the children of God. Joseph Smith was a descendant of Jesse and Joseph through Ephraim. In fulfillment of the prophecy from Isaiah, Joseph Smith was raised up, prepared, called, anointed and set apart through the proper priesthood authority, to be an sign to the world and to begin the gathering of the house of Israel and the children of God.

7 Questions by Elias Higbee: What is meant by the command in Isaiah, 52d chapter, 1st verse, which saith: Put on thy strength, O Zion—and what people had Isaiah reference to?
8 He had reference to those whom God should call in the last days, who should hold the power of priesthood to bring again Zion, and the redemption of Israel; and to put on her strength is to put on the authority of the priesthood, which she, Zion, has a right to by lineage; also to return to that power which she had lost.
9 What are we to understand by Zion loosing herself from the bands of her neck; 2d verse?
10 We are to understand that the scattered remnants are exhorted to return to the Lord from whence they have fallen; which if they do, the promise of the Lord is that he will speak to them, or give them revelation. See the 6th, 7th, and 8th verses. The bands of her neck are the curses of God upon her, or the remnants of Israel in their scattered condition among the Gentiles.

In Isaiah 52:1-2, we read “Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean (v. 1). Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion (v. 2).” In these latter-days, the people of Zion, must awake to the knowledge of Christ and must come unto Him. Those who have a right to the priesthood, need to return to it and get the strength that comes from it. All the children of God, need to realize their sins and repent. We must all return through the cleansing power of the atonement and break free from the bands of sin that Satan uses to hold us prisoner.

In Isaiah 52: 6-8 we read, “Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I (v. 6). How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth (v. 7)! Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion (v. 8 ).” Those of us who have returned to the gospel, have a duty to show the gospel to the world. We have a duty to help others learn how to repent and return to Christ. Through this, we all will be blessed and we will rejoice together in Christ.

I love the words of Isaiah. I love that we are seeing things that he prophesied about so long ago. I am so glad to be a part of the last days, when the gospel has been restored in it fullest. I hope that I can be a better example and that my words and actions will help to bring others to Christ.

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