Angels play a significant role in 29 chapters of these pre-exilic portions of the Bible. In all of these instances, the angels are referred to simply as an “angel of God” or an “angel of the Lord." In fact, it is sometimes difficult even to tell the difference between an angel and God Himself.
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The Opening Isaiah harmony grew out of the conviction that the teachings of the prophet Isaiah have important relevance today. The project was guided by the belief that scriptures are more powerful than commentaries and that the most helpful way to read Isaiah is by studying the text itself. As you ponder his words, you will learn to recognize the voice of the Lord.
The Law of Moses can seem, at times, to have little relevance to today’s world. Its detailed rules about everything from animal sacrifices to plastering houses can seem strange to modern readers. Thankfully, the Book of Mormon provides a solution to this problem: read the Law of Moses with Christ in mind.
In many respects, the style of warfare depicted in the Book of Mormon is quite different from the mode of war familiar to most Americans in Joseph Smith’s day. One notable example is the starkly realistic account of guerrilla warfare found in the books of Helaman and 3 Nephi.
In some parts of the Old Testament, the Lord can seem angry. In the book of Exodus alone, He killed the firstborn of the Egyptians, swore to wage a perpetual war against the Amalekites, and brought a plague upon His people when they disobeyed Him. Verses like this could make it seem like the Lord is always angry. But the Book of Mormon reminds us that this is an oversimplification.
In the beginning, the first time I read the Old Testament, at home, on my own, the entire volume seemed to be without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of nearly every page. But the Spirit of God moved upon me as I persisted, and eventually, gradually, after a while, there was some light.
During Lehi’s travel through ancient Arabia, his sons needed to slay animals for food from time to time in order for their group to avoid starvation. Nephi reported on one occasion that he went hunting and broke his bow. Although this story may seem rather unremarkable, it may actually be loaded with symbolic importance.