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"Hear Ye Indeed, But They Percieved Not," 2 Nephi 16:8-10

2 Nephi 16:8-10

These verses deal with the calling of Isaiah as a Prophet to Israel, or perhaps it was only Judah, the remnant of what remained of Israel. I am impressed in verse 8 by Isaiah's willingness to go and serve the Lord.

Isaiah's instructions from the Lord are a prophecy of the Messiah's mission: "Hear ye indeed, but they understood not; and see ye indeed, but they perceived not," (vs. 9). The wording is confusing in these verses because it sounds as if the Lord would intentionally have Isaiah cloak his teachings or preach in such a way that the people wouldn't be able to understand. This is similar to the Savior's teaching in parables, where he taught eternal truths with simple stories. The reason for such teaching is to address those that are prepared in the midst of larger congregations of less attentive listeners.