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Old Testament Lesson #40

"Enlarge the Place of Thy Tent"
September 28, 2018
Old Testament Lesson #40
"Enlarge the Place of Thy Tent"
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Isaiah is valued for the powerful of manner in which he expresses himself and his ability to see future days.

"The Gathering of Israel and Coming of the Messiah," in Old Testament Student Manual, Kings-Malachi
In Isaiah 54:1–8, the bride of the Lord is prepared. Israel's unwillingness to obey will change and as Israel is gathered, the tent must be enlarged. In Isaiah 54:9–17, the "waters of Noah" represent God's promise to restore Israel.

"The Last Days and the Millennium," in Old Testament Student Manual, Kings-Malachi
Isaiah 55:8–13 reminds us that God's ways are higher than ours and his aim is to help us partake of his goodness. Possible identifications for the characters in Isaiah 56 are discussed. Isaiah 63:1–9 has a parallel in D&C 133:46–48. On Isaiah 64, Charles W. Penrose suggests that is the power of Christ's person that causes the physical changes on earth. Isaiah 65:17–25 describes conditions during the Millennium.

"'Her Stakes Must Be Strengthened' (D&C 82:14): The Symbolism of Isaiah's Tent," Richard W. Hall, Religious Educator 3, no. 2 (2002): 67–75
The image of a Bedouin tent with its component parts and functions is clearly delineated by Isaiah. The tent that served as Isaiah's symbol of the Lord's protection in the latter days included a parts list of nails, stakes, cords, and curtains. I have found it more clarifying to think of the stake of Isaiah's tent as a tent pole. An important fact to remember is that Isaiah's teaching image was of the entire tent and was not limited to any one of its component parts. When Isaiah spoke of the sturdiness of God's protection, he indicated that none of the stakes would be removed. Enlarging the tent included the need to strengthen the stakes.

"Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon," John W. Welch, in Book of Mormon Authorship: New Light on Ancient Origins, ed. Noel B. Reynolds (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1982), 33–52
Isaiah 55:8 contains a chiasm: "my," "your," then "your," "my." Isaiah 60:1–3 also is chiastic. See the article for the form. Chiasms were easy to memorize, an important aspect given the oral tradition in ancient culture, and the form was aesthetically pleasing.