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:
- Taught how to, and gave authority to, baptize.
- Taught that the spirit of contention is not of God.
- Went on to explain the further details of the doctrine of Christ.
Very interesting chapter.