3 Nephi 22 – Everlasting Kindness

This is an Isaiah chapter (Isaiah 54). I believe it’s talking about the gathering of Israel, how the Gentiles who believe in God and make covenants with Him will be adopted into the house of Israel and be numbered among God’s people.

“Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thy habitations; spare not, lengthen they cords and strengthen thy stakes.” (2)

Could this refer to the great numbers who will come to belong to the house of Israel, and how it will grow, needing the tent enlarged to hold all the stakes of Zion? Missionaries today go out into the world to preach the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and gather Israel, to enlarge God’s tent, so to say.

Isaiah talks about how the seed of Israel will inherit the righteous Gentiles and make desolate cities to be inhabited.

These next few verses liken a barren wife to God’s people, who for a moment feel forsaken, but He will keep His promises to us.

For thy maker, thy husband, the Lord of Hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel—the God of the whole earth shall he be called.

For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith they God.

For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee.

In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment, but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.

3 Nephi 22:5-8

If we stay fast to the Lord, our Redeemer, He will shower us with great mercies, everlasting kindness, and infinite mercy. He has promised this, and God never breaks His promises.

For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.

3 Nephi 22:10

That is some of the most beautiful imagery in the Bible, to me. Mountains may move (which rarely happens), but God’s kindness shall not depart from those who choose Him to be their Lord and Savior.

If you are every discouraged, trust in God. If you are ever in the darkness of despair, trust in Jesus Christ. Through the words of Isaiah, He tells us what the heritage will be for His people.

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall revile against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord; and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”

3 Nephi 22:17

This life is meant to be a test to prove us before God. That means we will have times of hardship, pain, darkness, and suffering. We do not always see immediate blessings when we pray for relief. But if we put our trust in God, we can be certain that He will help us through our trials. He will not let any weapon of the devil prosper against us. He will not forsake us. Through the enabling and saving power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can come through our afflictions stronger, better people, more holy, as He is. He has promised that His everlasting kindness will be with us, if we put our faith and trust in Him.

Let us do all we can to become His people and receive this noble heritage of the Lord.

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Resources:

Come Follow Me manual – Book of Mormon 2020

Isaiah 54

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