The Bible: How Hard?

by admin ~ March 23rd, 2014. Filed under: Brandenburg.

The Bible has a lot of uniqueness in comparison to all other literature, but I want to focus on one. The Bible is perspicuous, that is, it is plain, clear, understandable to even a child (2 Tim 3:15). On the other hand, scripture is impossible to understand, because its truth is not understood by the natural mind (1 Cor 2). Wisdom is found, according to Proverbs (1-3) like searching for hid treasure, like a very difficult mining process. A good biblical comparison, I believe, is to that of manna. God supplied the children of Israel manna in their trek through the wilderness. It was on the ground like frost in the morning and then burned away. They had to get up early enough to get it and bend over and pick it up. And they had to go get it every day. It was easy and yet it wasn’t easy. How could it be both? Manna is a similar item or situation. As a result, with the Bible we get the complaint that it is too hard. We reject that for the plainness. I don’t think the basic message of the Bible is hard. It’s said and reinforced again and again and again. On the other hand, you have to want it. If you don’t want it, you won’t get it. Those who say it’s too hard don’t want it. I think there are even people who “want it,” but they don’t want to obey it. They want to validate from it what they want to do. They can’t understand it, because they are looking for what they want.

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