I discovered early on my mission just how important it is to really know Isaiah when I came across this verse in the Book of Mormon:
“And now, behold, I say unto you, that ye ought to search these things. Yea, a commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah.”
[3 Nephi 23:1]
It is a commandment. And a slightly overwhelming one at that. Everyone who has served a mission knows that one hour of personal study simply isn’t enough time, so I added Isaiah to my list of things to delve into once I returned home and had all the time I could ever want to spend in the scriptures.
Then I actually got home, and I honestly forgot a little bit, of this goal of mine. Thankfully synchroncities are constant and beautiful and between my amazing religion professor and good friends to lead by example, I was reminded and given faith to conquer this commandment verse by verse.
Oh man, Isaiah is so beautiful!
I have read the following passage many a time, but never has it had the sort of impact on me that it did that time a few days ago:
“And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood… Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: 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: 15 and 18]
The last half of that is a bit that many of us have heard on numberless occasions, however, most often we hear it in isolation. And what made all the difference to me this time around were the verses before hand.
“Your hands are full of blood.”
He speaks to Israel, to Judah, and to literally everyone ever to live. That is us.
There will be dark times in our lives, times when perhaps ours are the hands that are not only stained with blood, but full of it. Still it will never be too much for Him. Never enough to cause him to cast us aside, instead he will always be calling and waiting for us to come back to Him so that we can reason together.
I’m grateful for the brilliance of people like Isaiah, who are so artful in conveying the love that the Lord has for us. I know and feel in my bones, it must be real and true.
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