Dear 100 Hour Board,
I was wondering about the phrase "For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still." (2 Nephi 19:12 for example) This phrase seems to show up a lot in the Isaiah chapters. What does it mean?
- Curious in Orem
Isaiah is describing the iniquities, sins, misdeeds, and so forth of the Israelites of the time. God can't simply overlook all of this; He is a God of perfection and thus can't tolerate sin. However, He is also a God of love, and won't simply abandon us to our fate. He wants to help, and thus "his hand is stretched out still." Picture Him reaching out to save you from drowning or some other miserable fate. He wants to help. He's reaching out to help. The idea I get from this is that He will always be there to offer His help, but it's up to us to accept it.
Hope that helps.