Isaiah 13–14; 24–30; 35 – “A Marvellous Work and a Wonder”

September 12, 2022 to September 18, 2022

Isaiah warns of pride, worldliness, and destruction, but he often refers to Christ’s mission and atonement as the remedy for these sins. Ancient and modern people have broken and lost their covenant with God, but through modern prophets the covenant is restored, and Israel is being gathered.  


“Old Testament Minute: Isaiah,” Donald W. Parry, at Book of Mormon Central 

Donald Parry’s in-depth commentary on each chapter in Isaiah. Click on a chapter number and then click “Show full text” to see the commentary. Isaiah 13’s theme is judgment on Babylon, or the world and wickedness, and that the day of the Lord will come. Isaiah 14’s theme is the gathering of Israel and the fall of the king of Babylon. In Isaiah 24, Isaiah charges that people have changed the ordinance and broken the covenant. The commentary continues with themes and explanations of certain passages and phrases in each chapter.  

“Temple Symbolism in Isaiah,” John M. Lundquist, Isaiah and the Prophets: Inspired Voices from the Old Testament, BYU Religious Studies Center 

Passages of Isaiah 2, 25, 28, and 30 touch on the themes of cosmic mountain, communal meals in connection with covenant making, the relationship of the temple to the afterlife, and the centrality of the temple. These Isaiah chapters are discussed at length. 

“Isaiah and the Restoration of Israel,” Terry B. Ball, in A Witness for the Restoration: Essays in Honor or Robert J. Matthews, BYU Religious Studies Center 

The restoration of Israel is foretold throughout Isaiah, including Isaiah 14, which prophesies that the “strangers,” or Gentiles and the house of Israel will together serve the Lord in the promised lands. Isaiah 29 foretells that the marvelous work and wonder of restoration would happen in a day when many are spiritually asleep. 

“Premortal Existence, Foreordinations, and Heavenly Councils,” Joseph F. McConkie, in Apocryphal Writings and the Latter–day Saints, BYU Religious Studies Center 

Concepts of premortal existence, foreordinations, and heavenly councils are evident in apocryphal works, but similar concepts in the Old Testament have been hidden by Bible translators. Passages in Isaiah (Isaiah 6; 14: 12–17; 24:21, 25:1; 40; 57:16) teach these concepts.

“Martin Harris and Three Wise Men,” Richard E. Bennett, BYU Devotional, June 29, 2010

Isaiah 29:11 prophesies about the sealed book. This prophecy has come to be understood as being fulfilled when Martin Harris visited scholars with characters from the gold plates. Learn more about this history in this speech by Richard Bennett.