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Fri - Aug 13, 2010 : 02:46 pm
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3 Nephi : 11
I've often wondered what the significance is behind them not understanding God's words the first 2 times.  What immediately comes to mind as I ponder this, is the angel Moroni speaking to Joseph Smith 3 times, repeating the exact same message, added upon, each time...  But Joseph understood Moroni's words each time.  I can't think of any logical reason why the people gathered around Bountiful wouldn't be able to understand the words...  It's almost as if they were being spoken in a language they didn't understand.  Hmm...  That causes me to wonder if, due to the global nature of the resurrection of Christ, that it indeed was in a different language, to the people who understood it.....  But then, that begs the question - why only 3 times?  There were surely more than just 3 global languages at that time, right?  Anyway...  Let's continue on.

Interesting that, immediately after introducing himself, Christ validated the words spoken of him from the prophets:  "whom the prophets testified shall come into the world".

In verse 11, it states that Christ "glorified the Father in taking upon [him] the sins of the world."  How did Christ's atonement glorify the Father?  Well, for one, it was in the Father's plan for Him to do so, so he definitely was honoring the Father by doing as he was told, but more importantly, I think, is that he provided a way for his children to come back to him - thus glorifying him more.  If it were impossible for his children to come back to him, he could derive no glory from it.

After introducing himself, he did the following, in the following order:
  1. Taught how to, and gave authority to, baptize.
  2. Taught that the spirit of contention is not of God.
  3. Went on to explain the further details of the doctrine of Christ.

Very interesting chapter.
Comment by velda on Aug. 15, 2010 @ 07:14 pm
I've always told my kids when we come to that chapter that they had only really opened their ears to listen the third time.  There's a big difference between hearing and listening, right? The first two times, they were talking to each other.  I imagine it would have been a pretty loud commotion, too.... talking about everything that had happened, marveling about the changes that had taken places.. sharing news with each other... etc.

Maybe some even said, "Whoah!!  Did you hear that??  Yah? Me too!  What did it say?  No, I think it was more like ...."   And they were talking about Christ, too, so it's not like they were being bad or anything.  But they weren't really listening either, until that third time.

So this may be a bit of a stretch but, it applies to me pretty well anyway :-/   Sometimes in a time of panic and not knowing what to do, I get chatty.  You might have noticed ;-)   I ask people what to do. I read books. I live on google.  I try all kinds of things. And don't get me started on the mental chatter I have to deal with.  But was feeling at church today like maybe I have a big fat tendency to trust in the arm of flesh rather than staying calm enough to listen to what God has to tell me.  And yeah, sometimes He answers through other people, but even that's hard to hear with the commotion I create for myself.

Anyway.

Funny I should run across your note here just in time for me to have to apply it to my own life, right?  That happens a lot with this blog.  Thanks for that :)