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"My Work [Is] With My God", 1 Nephi 21:1-4

1 Nephi 21:1-4, compare to Isaiah 49:1-4

The first thing that stands out here is the addition of the introductory line in verse 1.
And again: Hearken, O ye house of Israel, all ye that are broken off and are driven out because of the wickedness of the pastors of my people; yea, all ye that are broken off, that are scattered abroad, who are of my people, O house of Israel.
As is the case with so much of the writings of Isaiah, it is how I feel when I read these verses that emphasizes their importance to me. And reading what had otherwise been left out of the Biblical version of Isaiah, stirs within me again, the Lord's loving reminder to return to Him.

He address a particularly difficult circumstance in this verse, that of wicked leadership in the Kingdom of God, and those who had been affected by that. The Lord recognizes that in ancient Israel, there were those who were lead astray, or even more directly, driven out, because of unfaithfulness by those in positions of authority within the Church.

This grouping of verses then enters into Messianic prophecy. Verse 4 ends with this phrase that I've put in the title, "My work with my God." It is a reminder of the eternal perspective that the Savior takes with us. I like to also think that this is my perspective when my goals and work become frustrating.

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