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Isaiah 50-53. Footprints in the Sand One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

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1 Isaiah 50-53

2 Footprints in the Sand One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there were one set of footprints. This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints. So I said to the Lord, “You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there have only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?” The Lord replied, “The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand, is when I carried you.” Mary Stevenson Copyright © 1984 Mary Stevenson, All rights reserved

3 Buttprints One night I had a wonderous dream, One set of footprints there was seen, The footprints of my precious Lord, But mine were not along the shore. But then some stranger prints appeared, And I asked the Lord, “What have we here?” Those prints are large and round and neat, But Lord, they are too big for feet. My Child, He said in somber tones, For miles I carried you alone. I challenged you to walk in Faith, But you refused and made me wait. You disobeyed, you would not grow, The walk of Faith, you would not know, So I got tired, I got fed up, And there I dropped you, on your butt. Because in life, there comes a time, When men must fight and men must climb. When men must rise and men must stand, Or leave their butt prints in the sand.

4 Isaiah 46:3-4 3 Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the a remnant of the house of Israel, remnant which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb: 4 And even to your a old age I am he; old and even to b hoar hairs will I carry you: hoar I have made, and I will bear; even I will c carry, and will d deliver you carry deliver carry deliver

5 Isaiah’s Many Layered Verses Layer 1- The Hebrew Isaiah 52 And then shall they say, How beautiful (Navu) upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings unto the, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings unto them of good, that publisheth salvation; (Yeshuah) that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Interestingly, Isaiah declares that the feet of the Lord are “nauvoo,” or beautiful, upon the hills of Zion. More important is the fact that Isaiah actually announces the name of the coming Messiah in this passage: Yeshuah, which is the Hebrew word we render as the name Jesus. (Breck England,

6 Layer 2 Abinadi’s Commentary Yea, and are not the prophets, every one that has opened his mouth to prophesy, that has not fallen into transgression, I mean all the holy prophets ever since the world began? I say unto you that they are his seed. "And these are they who have published peace, who have brought good tidings of good, who have published salvation; and said unto Zion: Thy God reigneth!.... "And behold, I say unto you, this is not all. For O how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that is the founder of peace, yea, even the Lord, who has redeemed his people; yea, him who has granted salvation unto his people" (Mosiah 15:13-14,18).

7 Isaiah 52 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. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem; loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves for naught; and ye shall be redeemed without money. Therefore, my people shall know my name; yea, in that day they shall know that I am he that doth speak; behold, it is I. And then shall they say, How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings unto the, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings unto them of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! 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. 3 Nephi 20 And it shall come to pass that the time cometh, when the fulness of my gospel shall be preached unto them; And they shall believe in me, that I am Jesus Christ… Then shall their watchmen lift up their voice, and with the voice together shall they sing; for they shall see eye to eye. And then shall be brought to pass that which is written: Awake, awake again, and 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. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, sit down, O Jerusalem; loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. Verily, verily, I say unto you, that my people shall know my name; yea, in that day they shall know that I am he that doth speak. And then shall they say: How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings unto them, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings unto them of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion: Thy God reigneth! Layer 3 The Savior’s Commentary

8 Elder Holland These familiar passages, written first by Isaiah but spoken of and inspired by Jehovah himself, are often applied to anyone- especially missionaries-who bring the good tidings of the gospel and publish peace to the souls of men. There is nothing inappropriate about such an application, but it is important to realize-as the prophet Abinadi did- that in its purest form and original sense, this psalm of appreciation applies specifically to Christ. It is he and only he who ultimately brings the good tidings of salvation. Only through him is true, lasting peace published. To Zion, in both the old and new Jerusalems, it is Christ who declares, "Thy God reigneth!" It is his feet upon the mountain of redemption that are beautiful.

9 What are we to know about Him? Group #1: Isaiah 50:5-7 Group #2: Isaiah 51:6, 22 and Isaiah 52:3

10 Isaiah 53 1.) Read looking for your favorite scriptural “catch phrase/power phrase”. 2.) Attach a picture in your mind – Church or your life. 3.) Find a cross reference.

11 How well does He Understand us? a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows

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13 Lasting Peace As you listen to this music, think about all the times you have found peace through the Savior.

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17 Lord I’m in the dark Seems to me the light is dead when I come calling No one there, the sky is falling

18 Lord I need to know My mind is playing games again You’re right where you have always been

19 Take me back to you The place that I once knew As a little child Constantly the eyes of God watched over me

20 Oh, I want to be In the place that I once knew As a little child Falling to the bed of faith prepared for me

21 I will rest in you

22 Tell me I’m a fool Tell me that you loved me for the fool I am And comfort me like only you can

23 Tell me there’s a place Where I can feel your breath Like sweet caresses on my face again

24 Take me back to you The place that I once knew As a little child Constantly the eyes of God watched over me

25 Oh, I want to be In the place that I once knew As a little child Falling to the bed of faith prepared for me

26 I will rest in you

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34 "The ancient prophets speak of 'entering into God's rest'; what does it mean? To my mind, it means entering into the knowledge and love of God, having faith in his purpose and in his plan, that we are not hunting for something else, we are not disturbed by every wind of doctrine, … GOD’S REST

35 … The man who has reached that degree of faith in God, he has entered into 'God's rest,' … rest from doubt, from fear, from apprehension of danger, rest from the religious turmoil of the world" (President Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 58; see also Matthew 11:28–30) GOD’S REST

36 Elder Richard G. Scott The Atonement was a selfless act of infinite, eternal consequence, arduously earned alone, by the Son of God.2 Through it the Savior broke the bonds of death. It justifies our finally being judged by the Redeemer. It can prevent an eternity under the dominion of Satan. It opens the gates to exaltation for all who qualify for forgiveness through repentance and obedience.2 Pondering the grandeur of the Atonement evokes the most profound feelings of awe, immense gratitude, and deep humility. Those impressions can provide you powerful motivation to keep His commandments and consistently repent of errors for greater peace and happiness. I believe that no matter how diligently you try, you cannot with your human mind fully comprehend the eternal significance of the Atonement nor fully understand how it was accomplished. We can only appreciate in the smallest measure what it cost the Savior in pain, anguish, and suffering or how difficult it was for our Father in Heaven to see His Son experience the incomparable challenge of His Atonement. Even so, you should conscientiously study the Atonement to understand it as well as you can.

37 Our Responsibilities: Isaiah 51:4 Isaiah 51:7 Isaiah 51:9 Isaiah 51:12 Isaiah 51:17 Isaiah 52:1 Isaiah 52:2 Isaiah 52:11


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