Nephi takes over preaching again. He raves about Isaiah (“delighteth in his words.” 2)
Do I delight in the scriptures? What does that look like?
Nephi says he will “liken his words unto my people.” (2)
Delighting in God’s truths means we try to see how they apply to us.
He says that Isaiah “verily saw my Redeemer, even as I have seen him.” (2)
Isaiah’s words prove what is true and what is error, because he has seen Christ and knows that He is the way, the truth, and the life.
Behold, my soul delighteth in proving unto my people the truth of the coming of Christ…and all things which have been given of God from the beginning of the world, unto man, are the typifying of him.”2 Nephi 11:4
He delights in bearing testimony of Christ, to convince others to come unto Him and be saved.
Nephi also “delighteth in the covenants of the Lord which he hath made to our fathers.” (5)
The scriptures tell us what these covenants are. When we learn these important promises between us and the Lord, we are bound to Him and can experience joy and everlasting hope.
Yea, my soul delighteth in his grace, and in his justice, and power, and mercy in the great and eternal plan of deliverance from death.”2 Nephi 11:5
Nephi delights in so much. God’s words empower us with grace, justice, power, and mercy. God’s plan to deliver us is the greatest gift of all. How can we not delight in that? He has provided a way for us to return to Him, and not be lost forever in a miserable state, like the devil.
And my soul delighteth in proving unto my people that save Christ should come all men must perish.”2 Nephi 11:6
Nephi’s delight is overwhelming, and in the next few chapters, he will quote from Isaiah, “that whoso of my people shall see these words may lift up their hearts and rejoice for all men. Now these are the words, and ye may liken them unto you and unto all men.” (8)
As we study the next few Isaiah chapters, let us search what it is in them and ask what it is that should make us lift up our hearts and rejoice! Let us ponder how we can liken Isaiah’s teachings to our day and our lives.