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Here are some thought, partly inspired by Stephen Robinson who I had for New Testament, on the use of the phrase “I am” in John.
There are seven “I am the NOUN” in John, which are found 12 times:
John 6:35, 48 and 51 - “I am the bread of life” or “living bread”
John 8:12; 9:5 - “I am the light of the world”
John 10:7, 9 - “I am the door of the sheep”
John 10:11, 14 - “I am the good shepherd”
John 11:25 - “I am the resurrection and the life”;
John 14:6 - “I am the way, the truth, and the light”
John 15:1, 5 - “I am the true vine”
There are five times when Jesus declares “I am.”
While talking to the woman at the well, Jesus the KJV in John 4:26 has “Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.” But a better/actual translation is: “I am [is] the one speaking to you.” (Huntsman, Becoming the Beloved Disciple, p. 63)
When with the disciples during the raging sea, in John 6:20 the translation in the KJV is “But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid” but Huntsman notes that the Greek used is ego eimi which is “I am” (p. 74).
In John 8:58 Jesus states, “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” and the reaction was to stone him.
In John 10:36 Jesus reiterates that he is “I am” and the reaction was to take him.
Then in John 18:5 after the suffering in Gethsemane, Judas and the band of officers sought out Jesus. He simply told them “I am” (with the word “he” added by translators). Unlike before when the masses to kill him, now when Jesus declared his divinity, his testimony was so strong that “As soon then as he had said unto them, “I am,” they went backward, and fell to the ground.” (verse 6 with the added word “he” deleted).
All told this gives 12 different mentions of “I am” in John, a recurring number in the scriptures.
I tried to relate this to the temple. In John 2:19 Jesus says “destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” While Jesus was speaking of his body, it is interesting to note that John the “I am” statements correlate with the temple.
The door (I am the door) of the temple was decorated with vines (I am the true vine), the bread (I am the bread of life) sat on a table inside the tabernacle on the north side, the south side had the menorah (I am the light). In the Holy of Holies the priest would utter the ineffable name of God – “I am.”
The three I ams not above are “I am the good shepherd” “I am the resurrection and the life” “I am the way, the truth, and the light.” These all fit in with temple but perhaps as not clear cut as bread.
Any thoughts, comments, improvements on this? This general topic is in the Sunday School manual and I’ll be going over it in a week.
By Super Mom
We are currently living in Europe and do not speak the language in our ward. Almost all the adult members speak English, to a degree, but all the meetings are held in another language with translation offered to us. My husband and I both serve in the ward and we attend every Sunday.
The problem is that our daughter is now old enough to attend Young Women. The girls her age do not speak English but are nice enough. She is already an introvert but the language issues make it worse. She does not want to go to the weekly activities or even to church on Sunday. This is having a major impact on her testimony and, in my opinion, she needs more interaction with English-speaking LDS girls and youth leaders. I have looked online for a Skype YW class or Skype Sunday School Youth class, but have found nothing. I know that our Farsi friends in our ward meet weekly on Skype for Sunday School, but I have not found anyone meeting in English. I have contacts in the U.S. I could ask for their YW and youth classes to Skype with our daughter, but then there would be time zone issues. Has anyone heard of an official (or unofficial) Skype class for expats? Or for YW who are home bound? Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
I read this article on the original meaning of some parables and was curious with people's take on it. Ignore the horrible title of the piece. I had a hard time accepting some of the meanings attributed to some of these.
It goes over:
1. The 'Parable of the Prodigal Son'
Don't forget to count the other son
2. The 'Parable of the Good Samaritan'
Pretty much same meaning, except Samaritan should have been attacking the injured man
3. The 'Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard'
Lesson in economics and helping the unemployed
4. The 'Parable of the Pearl of Great Price'
Don't buy a pearl that you don't need
By Stone holm
If a class appears to go off message during the scheduled indoctrination for the week, is it appropriate to join in? If something said in class causes a person to make a comment, or ask a question which is not in the prescribed lesson for the week, should we be concerned. At what level of doctrinal literacy should we presume everyone in the Gospel Doctrine is at when deciding whether to comment? Should we assume that everyone in the class is an investigator with virtually zero inkling of doctrine and history, should we presume literacy level at say the 3rd Grade, or is that too high?
In my most recent interview on the MormonDiscussion Podcast, the person I interviewed mentioned that she didn't see the Sunday School President as a Priesthood calling. I mentioned that it was but that I had no idea why it was. Please don't just say because the church says so.... I accept that but am looking to learn beyond what I already know. Why can't a sister be a SS President or SS councelor, why does Sunday School Presidentcy require Priesthood?
The interview won't be up till later tonight or tomorrow in case you were looking for it.