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Lesson 38: “Beside Me There Is No Saviour” Isaiah 40–49

“What think ye of Christ?” (Matthew 22:42).


“What manner of men ought ye to be?” (3 Nephi 27:27).
“Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? … Whom say ye that I am?” (Matthew 16:13, 15).
“Who is on the Lord’s side?” (Exodus 32:26).
“Have ye received his image in your countenances?” (Alma 5:14).

Isaiah teaches that the Savior is incomparable.

Isaiah 40:18 (“To whom then will ye liken God?”)


Isaiah 44:8 (“Is there a God beside me?”)
Isaiah 46:5 (“To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me?”)

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How are they answered in the book of Isaiah? (in each case the Lord was speaking to idolatrous people who
manufactured their own false gods of silver and gold.)

Isaiah 43:11 (“Beside me there is no saviour.”)


Isaiah 44:6 (“Beside me there is no God.”)
Isaiah 45:5 (“There is no God beside me”; see also verses 6, 14, 18, 21–22.)
Isaiah 46:9 (“I am God, and there is none like me.”)

3. “But thou hast not called upon me”


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In the scriptures that we’ll read, the Lord reminds and promises us several times that He will help and guide us.
However, why do we occasionally feel that the Lord has forsaken us? If we feel the Lord has withdrawn from us, what
is likely the cause? What can we do to feel close to him again?

President Spencer W. Kimball said: “I find that when I get casual in my relationships with divinity and when it seems
that no divine ear is listening and no divine voice is speaking, that I am far, far away. If I immerse myself in the
scriptures the distance narrows and the spirituality returns”

Chapter 40
Isaiah speaks about the Messiah—Prepare ye the way of the Lord—He will feed His flock like a shepherd—Israel’s God is
incomparably great.

4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough
places plain:
5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
9 ¶O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice
with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
10 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work
before him.
11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead
those that are with young.
12 ¶Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the
earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
18 ¶To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all
by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
28 ¶Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that theeverlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not,
neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be
weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

ISAIAH 41
10 ¶Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will
uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
17 When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of
Israel will not forsake them.
18 I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry
land springs of water.

29 Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion.

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5 ¶Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which
cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:
6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the
people, for a light of the Gentiles;
7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
12 Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.
14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and
devour at once.
16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness
light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
18 Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.
23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?
Chapter 43
To Israel the Lord says, I am your God; I will gather your descendants; beside me there is no Savior; you are my witnesses.

1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have
called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest
through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
3 For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour.
10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that
I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses,
saith the LORD, that I am God.
14 ¶Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all
their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.
15 I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.
16 Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;
19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in
the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my people, my chosen.
25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
Chapter 44
6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there
is no God.
8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God
beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.
9 ¶They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own
witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.
10 Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?
11 Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed: and the workmen, they are of men: let them all be gathered together, let them stand up;
yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together.
12 The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms:
yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint.
18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot
understand.
21 ¶Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be
forgotten of me.
22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.

Chapter 45
5 ¶I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none
else.
8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation,
and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.
12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I
commanded.
13 I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for
price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts.
14 Thus saith the LORD, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto
thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall
make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God.
17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created
it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

Chapter 46
Idols are not to be compared with the Lord—He alone is God and will save Israel.

1 Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle: your carriages were heavy loaden; they
are a burden to the weary beast.
2 They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity.
3 ¶Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are
carried from the womb:
4 And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will
deliver you.
5 ¶To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?
9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
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5 I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath
done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.
6 Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou
didst not know them.
10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit,
which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.
18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the
sea:
19 Thy seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should not have been cut off
nor destroyed from before me.
20 ¶Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of the
earth; say ye, The LORD hath redeemed his servant Jacob.
21 And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the
rock also, and the waters gushed out.
22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.

Chapter 49
The Messiah will be a light to the Gentiles and will free the prisoners—Israel will be gathered with power in the last days—Kings will
be the nursing fathers of Israel—Compare 1 Nephi 21.

2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his
quiver hath he hid me;
3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.
4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and
my work with my God.
5 ¶And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not
gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.
6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel:
I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.
7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to
a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of
Israel, and he shall choose thee.
8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee,
and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and
their pastures shall be in all high places.
10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by
the springs of water shall he guide them.
11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted.
13 ¶Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and
will have mercy upon his afflicted.
14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.
15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet
will I not forget thee.
16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
22 Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall
bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.
23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward
the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I
will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.
26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine:
and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

2. Isaiah describes the Savior’s qualities.

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The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that we need “a correct idea of [God’s] character, perfections and attributes” in order
to have faith in Him. Isaiah gives many beautiful descriptions of the Savior’s character and attributes. Have class
members read some of the passages listed below and discuss the following questions: Which attribute of the Savior is
mentioned in the passage? How does knowing of this attribute help increase our faith in the Savior? You may want to
list these attributes on the chalkboard.
Isaiah 40:28–31 (He is never weary; he strengthens us.)
Isaiah 41:17–18 (He hears us when we are in trouble and blesses us abundantly.)
Isaiah 42:16 (He lights and straightens the way for his people who are lost.)
Isaiah 43:1–4 (He will help his people through their trials.)
Isaiah 43:25–26; 44:21–23 (He blots out our sins and remembers them no more.)
Isaiah 46:3–4 (He carries his people from birth to old age.)
Isaiah 49:14–16 (He will never forget us. We are “graven” in the palms of his hands.)

]3. The world (Babylon) competes with the Savior for our devotion.

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In Isaiah 47, Isaiah warned that Babylon would be destroyed because of its wickedness. These warnings can also be
applied to the eventual destruction of the world and its wickedness. What do the following passages teach about the
results of seeking after the wicked ways of the world?
1. c.
Isaiah 47:10–11 (Because the world declares that it is greater than God, desolation will come upon it.)

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In Isaiah 47:8, 10, what claim does Babylon (the world) make that is the same as the Savior’s declaration about
himself? (“I am, and none else [is] beside me.”) What can the world offer in comparison to what the Savior offers?
Why do so many people give their devotion to the world instead of to the Savior? How can we help others see what the
Savior offers?