Who doesn’t love a great chiasmus? Okay, before I started in the BYU-I Pathway program, I had never even heard that word….as a matter of fact, the dictionary here in WordPress doesn’t even recognize chiasmus as a real word. This is a word of rhetoric which comes from a Greek letter meaning “crossing.” So what will happen is a fancy pattern like you see in the picture above. 7 “things” happen and then the 8th, and then the 7 “things” repeat themselves in reverse order. This is a list of a fashion, so we’ll stick with it for this post and see where 3 Nephi 20 takes us and what we can learn from Christ.
- v.10- Jesus fulfills the Father’s commandment about the house of Israel
- v.11- The prophecies of Isaiah will be fulfilled
- v. 12-14- The Father’s covenant with the house of Israel is fulfilled
- v.15- If the Gentiles do not repent missionaries will be sent
- v.16-20-The house of Israel beats down the Gentiles
- v 21-22-The house of Israel is established to fulfill the Lord’s covenant w/Jacob
- v. 23- Moses testifies that Christ shall come
- v.23-Those who do not hear the words of Christ shall be cut off
- v.24-Samuel testifies of Christ
- v.25-27-The Gentiles receive the Holy Ghost to fulfill the Lord’s covenant w/Abraham
- v. 27-28-The Gentiles scatter the house of Israel
- v.28-The Gentiles harden their hearts after receiving the gospel
- v.29-31- The Father’s covenant with his people is fulfilled
- v.32-45-The prophecies of Isaiah will be fulfilled
- v.46- Jesus reminds of the Father’s commandment to him re: his people
I know that this is a hard concept to grasp, but I really needed to review it for myself. I can’t seem to get the pretty > type figured out, but please see the pattern here that Christ is teaching in. I believe there is a reason that these patterns are found throughout the scriptures, I don’t know what that is, and nor do need to know. I do know that this is His plan and if the Father’s will be done, then that is all that matters in the big picture.
I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.