Journey through the Book of Mormon: 2 Nephi 14 (Cloud of Smoke)

Just as verses speaking of Zion and Tabernacles evoke in our minds the latter day gathering place in the Salt Lake Valley, and the spreading of latter-day temples, I believe Isaiah’s messianic words would have taken on a unique application for Nephi and his people.

After all, had they not been led through the desert as if with “a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night?” Had they not just reenacted the exodus by being led to a promised land? Had they not built a new temple to the Lord in their chosen land?

This, again, I see Nephi quoting Isaiah for a dual purpose. First, to provide comfort,  guidance, and assurances to his people. They had built a Zion society, if they could keep and maintain it. Second, to reveal to his people (and to us) the promises of the Lord unto Israel in the Latter-days.

I have repeated these themes over several posts because I believe that once we see this extra gloss on Isaiah, it helps us more fully understand why these words were so precious to Nephi.


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