Michelangelo Buonarroti, Isaiah, Sistine Chapel, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.


Isaiah 6, 53

For Younger Missionaries


  • When the Lord asks for missionaries, are you able to say, “Here am I, send me?” Could the Lord withhold his Spirit from such a willing servant?
  • Is it possible that our message, like Isaiah’s, will not be understood by the people with whom we share? What comfort are we offered?


Isaiah volunteers for the calling even before it is directly offered to him; his acceptance echoes Jehovah’s own response to a similar invitation in the heavenly councils of the premortal existence (See Abr. 3:27). Isaiah’s answer to God’s call is as simple as the call itself. The Lord asks, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Isaiah replies, “Here am I; send me.” Although some great prophets, like Enoch, Moses, and Jeremiah, were initially reluctant to accept their prophetic calling, Isaiah responds without hesitation (See Moses 6, Ex. 4, Jer. 1). His willing attitude testifies to his greatness….

Isaiah was the last great prophet to address assembled Israel. During his ministry, the Ten Tribes were taken captive; they later fled to the north and became lost. His words went with these Israelites, and later with Lehi and his people. Of course, Isaiah’s messages also remained with the Jews in Jerusalem. Furthermore, since so many of Isaiah’s prophecies deal with the last days, his words are of particular value to those of covenant Israel who now read his book. Given this wide time period and recognizing the wide range of spiritual attitudes that the readers of his work would have, Isaiah was challenged to find the means to teach such a diversified audience….

Isaiah’s natural response to the conditions surrounding his call was to ask the Lord how long he would prophesy before his words would be understood…. He may have assumed that for at most a few months or maybe a few years his message would remain obscure, and thus he was probably surprised when the Lord answered that the prophecies would not be understood until after Judah was destroyed, her inhabitants scattered, and a remnant gathered…. The answer itself includes a prophecy of the scattering and gathering, as well as a promise that Isaiah’s words will finally be comprehended by a righteous remnant of Israel…. (Victor Ludlow, Isaiah: Prophet, Seer, and Poet, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1982, 131, 133, 136).


Isaiah Prophesied of Christ


Joseph F. Smith


  • What does it take to stand up for what we believe?
  • Can we state our position and still be kind and friendly?
  • What might have happened to Joseph F. Smith if he had gotten mad and tried to tell the men what to do?


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