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“The Bible is too hard to understand.” Have you ever heard someone say that? I certainly have.
The problem with not being able to understand the Bible is that we can’t benefit from what we don’t understand.
During His public ministry, Jesus spoke in such a way that some who heard Him could not grasp the depths of what He was saying. This was intentional.
“Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand,” He said to His disciples (Luke 8:10, KJV).
Admittedly, that difficulty for some people to understand also exists with the written Word of God today. According to Paul the apostle, a veil exists upon their heart when they read the Scriptures. “Nevertheless when it [the heart] shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away” (2 Cor. 3:16, KJV).
Hence, for those of us who have accepted Christ, we can understand the Bible because it has been given for us to know the mysteries of the Kingdom.
The Word of God does us no good if we don’t understand what it’s saying. We can’t obey God or live by His Word if we lack understanding. Well, guess what; God knows that, and His goal is to unlock all the mysteries of His Word to us for our benefit. Listen to what Jesus says about that:
“Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light” (Luke 8:16, NASB).
Think about what Jesus is saying here. What’s the use of God inspiring holy men to pen the Scriptures, with all of its light and wise counsel, while at the same time making the Scriptures so hard to understand that we can’t figure out what the heck He is saying to us? That would be like a man lighting a candle for light and then placing the lit candle under the bed or inside a container so no one can see the light.
But I say to you by the Word of God that it is His will that all of the hidden things of His Word come to light (verse 17). Clearly, His will for us is to understand the Bible.
So, what is the key to us getting understanding? Jesus says, we must take care how we listen (verse 18). That means when we read the Bible or listen to the preaching of the Word of God, we must not only hear with our ears but also with our heart.
We must be as those who are like the seed that fell on good ground. “These are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance” (verse 15).
So–what kind of soil is your heart for the Word of God?
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