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KnoWhy #24 - Who is the Servant Spoken of in Isaiah 49 and 1 Nephi 21? (1 Nephi 21:3; Isaiah 49:3)
|Title||KnoWhy #24 - Who is the Servant Spoken of in Isaiah 49 and 1 Nephi 21? (1 Nephi 21:3; Isaiah 49:3)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Isaiah (Prophet); Prophecy; Prophet; Servant; Smith, Joseph, Jr.|
If we apply Isaiah 49 to the Latter-days, as prophets both ancient and modern have, who might be the servant from Isaiah 49:1–6? The typical Christian and Latter-day Saint reading is that he is the Savior. Without necessarily dismissing that interpretation, Andrew Skinner has suggested that in a Latter-day context, Joseph Smith fits as the servant. Skinner shows that there are 12 attributes of the servant, and documents that Joseph Smith fits all 12. The rest of Isaiah 49 can then be applied to restoration and gathering of Israel in the last days, making ancient scripture relevant to our times.
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