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Kyle Butt: Why Is The Bible So Hard to Understand?

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have you ever been involved in a

discussion with somebody and you're

talking about the Bible and the person

says something like well you know I

would read the Bible but I don't read it

very often and then you said well why

don't you read it very often and they

say you know it's just so hard to

understand why is the Bible so hard to

understand well even from the the

unbelievers side of things the skeptics

side of things they even get more

hard-nosed about this question and they

say basically if there is a loving God

and that loving God really wants people

to know his will and wants them to know

how to do right why would he make the

Bible so difficult to understand and

their conclusion is from the Bible so

difficult to understand that it couldn't

have been written by a loving God and it

must have been written by just various

different mere humans that got things

wrong et cetera and that's why it's so

difficult to understand so we come back

to this question why is the Bible so

hard to understand and I think some of

us who have studied the Bible will have

come to a point in our study where we

have looked at a verse or something of

that nature and thought wow this is very

difficult wonder why this is so hard to

understand let's answer that question

but before we do let's understand that

there are sometimes things that are

assumed in questions that really aren't

correct and if you answer them the way

that they are presented you know you

almost agree with the assumption that

let me tell you what I mean by that when

someone says why is the Bible so hard to

understand we're tempted to say well

it's so hard to understand because with

but before we do that let's back up in

just a minute and look at the question

is the Bible so hard to understand well

in the question there's an assumption

that it is that the whole Bible is just

so hard to understand that I can't

understand it and you can't understand

and so why even read it now it's like

one of those questions that assumes way

more than is actually the case you know

one of those questions would be

have you stopped beating your wife hold

on just a sec if you answer that

question in a yes-or-no manner know when

you're busted you were caught between

the proverbial rock and the hard place

because if you say yes I'm stuck well

that means that one time you weren't if

you say no I haven't well that means

that you are currently beating your wife

and so a yes-or-no answer immediately

causes trouble in answering the question

you know if a person says well why is

the Bible so hard to understand and you

begin to answer that before you look at

the question well then you basically are

assuming yes it is hard to understand

and let me tell you why but let's back

up just a minute and ask ourselves is

the Bible hard to understand well no

it's not no what do you mean by that

Kyle if you said that Bible readers come

to passages and they have trouble with

those well what I mean by that is simply

that yes some people have trouble

understanding certain passages in the

Bible but the Bible as a whole is not

difficult to understand now you and I

both can understand the instructions by

Jesus to honor our parents we can

understand the narratives of Jesus's

birth and the narratives of Jesus's

crucifixion in fact young people as old

as 9 10 11 and 12 can understand enough

of the Bible to become Christians and

dedicate their lives to the work of

their father in heaven at ages 10 11 12

excedrin and so when we say why is the

Bible hard to understand we need to take

a step back and say whoa just a second

are there large portions of the Bible

that are very easy to understand yes

there certainly are no are there some

parts of the Bible that are difficult to

understand well sure there are in fact

Peter explains to us in 2nd Peter

chapter 3 verse 16 he wrote this about

some of Paul's writings he said as also

in all of his epistles speaking in them

of these things in which are some things

hard to understand which those who are

under the rest of the Scriptures and so

looking at this verse Peter is telling

us a couple things number one are there

some things in the text that are hard to

understand

absolutely well but they notice the rest

of the statement that those who are

under the rest of the scriptures well

what does it mean the rest of the

scriptures oho the rest of the

scriptures that are not hard to

understand and so it is a fact that much

of the Bible a large portion of the

Bible is easy to understand in fact as

you look at this and maybe compare it to

some other disciplines of study if a

person said physics it's physics hard to

understand well if you've done any

formal study in physics and you're

thinking about the mathematical

calculations of certain projectiles and

various things like that then then yeah

that could get very difficult but but

hold on don't we every single day have a

working understanding of physics to such

a degree that we can keep ourselves

alive well if you have lived a day in

your life you understand the very basics

of physics kids understand the basics of

physics they know that you can't jump

off a 20-story building without getting

hurt at least at some point in their

lives when they are three four five six

they know you can't jump off a very fast

moving bike going down a hill in fact

any child that has stayed alive for an

entire day who has not been supervised

by their parent for two three four hours

of that day they understand physics they

know you can't to jump off your couch

and faceplant on a concrete slab and be

okay do people understand physics well

well in one sense absolutely positively

are there some finer aspects of physics

with some calculations and various

things that person in everyday life

doesn't

well sure there is but for a person to

say why is physics so hard to understand

well we know you don't stand in front of

a moving train we know you don't jump

face-first on a concrete slab we know

you don't jump off a 20-story building

we understand a large amount of physics

and in the same way when you come to the

Bible a vast amount of the Scriptures is

easy to understand some parts though

they are hard to understand and people

who are untaught and unstable twist

those parts to say things they don't

really say but the text says just like

they do the rest of the scriptures but

they don't just take those hard to

understand things they take the easy to

understand things and they even twist

bones so as we're looking at the

question it probably should be rephrase

something like this why are some parts

of the Bible difficult for certain

people to understand and then some parts

of the Bible are more difficult maybe

even for everybody to understand why is

it that some parts of the Bible are

difficult to understand now that is a

good question and we're going to be

looking at why do some people

misunderstand some parts of the Bible

here's the exciting thing about this

particular idea and that is when it

comes to God's Word you are only

responsible for what you should know and

here's what I mean by that isn't it the

case so that someone who's been a

Christian for years and has had access

to the Bible should understand more

about it then someone who's just a new

Christian and has just now been

introduced to the concepts of God's Word

well certainly that is the case and in

fact when we look in the book of Hebrews

chapter 5 we hear the Hebrews writer

explain this to us and Hebrews writer

says in Hebrews five verses 12 through

14 for though by this time you ought to

be teachers you need someone to teach

you again the first principles of the

Oracles of God and you have come to need

milk and not solid food for everyone who

protects of only milk is unskilled in

the word of righteousness for he is a

babe but solid food but

to those who are full age that is those

who by reason of use have their senses

exercised to discern both good and evil

you see the Hebrews writer says there is

a progression that when a person just

becomes a Christian they're probably not

going to understand lots of the aspects

of God's Word but as they grow they

should leave that milk now that Peter

talked about that he said as newborn

babes desire the pure milk of the word

of God that you may grow by it you see

when a person is a new creation they've

just been introduced to the Bible

well they need the milk of the word but

as they progress they should move into

the more solid food like the meat of the

word now tragically for these people in

the book of Hebrews they were supposed

to be eating meat but they were still

only drinking milk can you imagine a

baby that is drinking milk but as that

baby progresses to be two years old

three years old four years old five

years old six years old that baby still

the only thing they put in their diet is

milk they don't eat anything else they

don't eat any kind of bread they don't

even even kind of meat they don't eat

anything that's hard to digest we see

the Hebrews writer said you guys should

be eating things that are difficult to

digest but you're not you should have

progressed farther and so what we see is

that God in His Word explains that

people are only responsible for what

they have the capacity to understand and

for what they should understand then so

as we're looking at this why is the

Bible difficult for some people to

understand and in certain passages well

it's going to be more difficult for a

person newly introduced to the text than

it is going to be for a person who has

been a Christian for years and has

access to the Word of God and has had

access for years and so you're only

responsible for what you should

understand now let's look at a few

reasons why people misunderstand or have

a hard time understanding what God's

Word says I'm going to give you the the

easiest simplest one to start out with

and it's just not profound at all but it

is just a fact

people don't understand the Bible wait

for it because they don't read it you

know they say that they love God in His

Word and they have lots of times

multiple copies of God's Word in their

home but they don't read the Bible you

will not understand God's Word if you do

not read God's Word now the exciting

part of that the exciting flip to the

coin on the other side is that if you do

read God's Word you will understand much

of God's Word and as you progress in

God's Word you'll have your X your

senses exercised to discern both good

and evil and you'll learn more and

understand more and more reading God's

Word is the solution to not

understanding it now let me show you

what I mean through the text if you look

at the book of Ephesians chapter 3 Paul

explains to us in that chapter he says

in verse 4 by which when you read you

may understand my knowledge in the

mystery of Christ

you know Paul is explaining there's no

secret code

there's no deciphering mechanism that

you've got to go and count every fourth

letter and that letter will give you

some type of word that will give you a

hint to this mysterious code that's

going to get well no Paul is saying

Jesus Christ came to me and he gave me

knowledge of this mystery that has been

hidden in times past but has now been

revealed to me and I'm giving you that

knowledge and how do you get it by which

when you read you can understand my

knowledge in the mystery of Jesus Christ

how do you understand the Bible you read

it you know what's ironic so maybe that

lots of times a person will say well

I'll tell you why I don't read the Bible

because I just don't understand it okay

if you don't read it will you ever

understand it no you have to read the

Bible to understand and there are

several other verse

is that explain that to us if you were

to go to Revelation chapter 1 and in

Revelation chapter 1 you read that John

said blessed is he who reads and those

who hear the words of this prophecy and

keep those things which are written in

it

for the time is near blessed is he who

does what reads now what's interesting

to me is I had a question

not long ago from a person after I had

written an article on this particular

subject they said well are you saying

that you have to be literate in order to

get God's Word in in order to understand

God's Word no that's not what we're

saying

well Kyle you said you have to read

God's Word well yes we did but here's

what was going on in the first century

many of the people were not literate and

so in the book of Revelation you see

John saying blessed is he who reads and

those who hear the word of God what's

being said is you need to you have to

take in God's Word in some way maybe it

is the case that you're not a great

reader in fact I I read what I would

consider a startling stat the other day

that I think something like 80% of

people who graduate from high school

never read another book in their

entirety in the books entirety after

graduation

some people do not read they don't like

to read some people are not good readers

some people have never learned to read

does that mean they can't understand

God's Word no because the text is saying

those people were reading publicly the

Word of God but the congregation was

listening to them and so you have to

find a way to take God's Word into your

mind there in first Timothy chapter 4

verse 13 Paul tells Timothy until I come

give attention to reading well several

translations say give attention to

public reading and what he was saying is

Timothy is doing the reading and the

congregation is doing the listening and

that helps everyone the reader and the

listener get God's Word in so maybe

you're one of those people you know you

don't read a lot do you listen to music

do you watch videos do you have other

way

that you intake information absolutely

positively so what's being said here in

order to understand God's Word which is

paramount to your spiritual health and

your spiritual destination you have to

find a way to get God's word into your

mind no sometimes people say well I read

it but they're there more of the the

point in flip type method you know what

I'm saying and you've been busy all day

long and you come to the end of the day

and you're in your bed and you think

well I really do need my daily dose of

Bible here and so you pull your Bible

off of the nightstand it's sitting right

there because how you're wanting to have

it there in case you need to read it

exedra and you decide well wonder I

wonder what I should be reading I'm not

really involved in any systematic

reading of the Bible at the present time

I just need to find a verse that will

talk to me tonight and so you flip it

open and you you you drop your finger

down and it's what I call the point and

flip method you just somehow think that

God is going to direct your finger to

the actual verse you need that moment

now sometimes maybe you would find a

verse that would apply directly to your

situation but sometimes if you take this

unsystematic approach to the reading and

the studying of your momma you're gonna

run into some problems I mean let's say

you flip the Bible open and you hit the

passage there in Psalm 137 and that

Psalm right there is explaining

something about the people in Babylon

and and you read verse nine where it

says happy shall he be who takes and

dashes your little ones against a stone

well the point and flip method is going

to get you in serious trouble there

because you're going to turn to a

passage that says happy shall he be who

takes your little babies and dashes them

against the stone and you're gonna

wonder what in the world is going on now

I have an article written about that and

there is a very good explanation as to

why that's there and what's actually

being said and if you wanted to study

that more you could but what if you

point and flip to that

or what if you're pointing and flipping

and you land over in the book of

ecclesiastes and you get to the point

they're in the book of ecclesiastes in

verse 17 and 18 of chapter 2 that says

therefore I hated my life because the

work that was done under the Sun was

Grievous to me for all is vanity and

grasping for the wind well if you just

stopped in the middle of the book of

Ecclesiastes you're gonna have real

problems because the Ecclesiastes writer

is going through this social experiment

with his life and in many points of it

he says things like I hated my life

because everything I was doing was

wasteful and grasping for wind I didn't

have a point well if you don't get to

the very end of that book where the

writer explains that the whole purpose

of man is to fear God and keep his

Commandments and that gives everything

in your life meaning no you're gonna

have a real problem with point and flip

parts of Ecclesiastes and so yes you do

have to read the Bible or take it in in

some way to understand it but you've

also got to have some type of systematic

study about it you can't just say I'm

gonna read three verses out of this

chapter and I'm gonna read three verses

out of that chapter and I'm gonna read a

verse out of this chapter and the point

in flip method it's gonna get you in to

trouble and so what happens lots of

times is a person will say well my

favorite book is the book of James and

so I'm just gonna read James over and

over well that's good but if you just

read James over and over and over you're

not going to get the whole counsel of

God which is vital to your spiritual of

significance your spiritual health your

spiritual well-being and ultimately your

spiritual destination so it's got to be

a systematic study and so number one

people just don't read it that's why

they misunderstand it number two they

might well they might not read it in a

systematic way but then number three

this one is it's pretty fairly

straightforward it's easy to understand

sometimes there are customs in the Bible

that the original readers would have

understood but because we're removed by

several hundred or sometimes several

thousands of years then those customs

just don't make sense to us now I'll

give you one of those if you were to

turn in your Bibles to proverbs chapter

and you look in proverbs chapter 20

verse 11 it says diverse weights and

diverse measures they are both alike and

abomination to the Lord but one in the

world does that mean I mean why does God

dislike differing weights why is that an

abomination to the Lord well here's what

was going on what God is really saying

there in the book of Proverbs is that

there were merchants people who bought

and sold things that had in their bag of

weights a weight that would have one

pound on it and another weight that

would have one pound on it and one was

heavier than a pound and one was lighter

than a pound and so when someone came to

sell grain to them they would take that

heavy one-pound weight and they would

put it on there and they would get more

than a pound and then when someone would

come to buy grain from them they would

pull out of that bag it just still says

one pound but it's much lighter than a

pound and so they would sell this person

a pound of grain and yet they would be

selling them less than a pound and so

they would buy a pound and sell a pound

and they would somehow come out with 1/4

a pound of grain left because they had

differing weights and measures and so

what is God saying in this particular

instance

well what God's saying here is that that

there is a a bad practice and a

dishonest business practice at play and

that's what God is hating God doesn't

hate the weights

he hates the dishonest business

practices and so sometimes it's just

that there are certain customs there are

certain procedures or practices that

were practiced in in ancient times that

we need to understand what's being said

in order for us to understand what God

is saying and so we've got you need to

read your Bible you need to read it in a

systematic way sometimes you need to do

a little background research on certain

procedures or practices that people in

ancient times had and then there's the

fact that some translations well they

just don't translate things in the best

way in certain instances and here's what

I mean when God inspired the original

text of the Bible it was perfectly

inspired without error in

and God gave to the writers exactly

everything that he wanted them to write

down and they wrote it know the Bible

was not written in English in fact it

was written in three primary languages

two primary Hebrew in the Old Testament

and Greek in the new and so if I'm going

to read it and I don't understand Greek

then I'm going to need an English

translation now here's what I will say

virtually any translation out there if

it's a standard mainstream translation

will give you everything you need to

understand God's Word in a way that you

can be saved now some are better than

others and some have certain parts that

would be questionable in certain

instances but but virtually any

legitimate translation or version would

give you that however there is no

perfect translation or version there are

translated words and phrases in every

one of them that would mean more study

for us to understand at least for us to

understand as well as we should now let

me give you an example of that the King

James Version King James Version I like

I think it's a great version I think

that if you were to use the King James

Version you would be able to understand

anything you needed to understand about

what God wants you to do in this life

however if we look at certain places in

the King James Version and every version

has instances of this and this is just

an example you know we're going to find

a translation that is going to be

problematic for many people who haven't

studied this particular subject if we

were to go to Acts chapter 2 and we were

to listen to Peters discussion of Christ

being crucified and then his

resurrection well he says there in Acts

chapter 2 this about Christ and what

happened to him after he died in Acts

chapter 2 you read in verse 29 King

David seeing this before spake of the

resurrection of Christ that his soul was

not left in Hell neither did his flesh

see corruption now according to that

passage way

did Jesus his soul go after he died well

it went to hell well we understand that

concept of hell if we were to look in

mark chapter 19 where Jesus is talking

about not going to hell when he dies

when any person dies he says that if

your right hand causes you to offend cut

it off and cast it from you for it's

better to enter into life with not both

hands than to enter into hell where

their worm does not die and the fire is

not quenched well what's going on here

what's going on is that in Acts chapter

2 the word is actually Hades and that

word Hades just simply means the realm

of the dead both for righteous and

unrighteous people you see that word

translated Hell in mark chapter 9 there

the end is the word the Greek word

Gehenna which means the place where evil

people go well the Bible is not saying

in Acts chapter 2 that Jesus went to the

place where evil people go in fact it's

saying he went to Hades and Hades is the

room of the Dead where everybody goes

when they die now we read about that in

Luke chapter 16 when Jesus is telling

the story of the rich man and Lazarus

and the Bible says that both Lazarus and

the rich man died and go to Hades

but Lazarus is in Hades and Abraham's

bosom and the rich man is in Hades in a

place called torment and so what we see

then is that when everybody dies they go

to the realm of the dead their soul goes

to the realm of the dead but righteous

people go to Abraham's bosom which is

also called paradise and wicked people

go to torment and we see when Jesus is

on the cross there at the end of Luke

and the thief on the cross identifies

Jesus as having a spiritual Kingdom

Jesus says today you will be with me in

paradise and so where did Jesus go where

did his soul go when his body was placed

in the tomb his soul into Hades which is

the rim of the Dead and in Hades there

is paradise and there is torment and

Jesus his soul went to

along with B thief on the crosses soul

and three days later it came back from

Paradise to his body and he was

resurrected you know but because of this

translation some people have gotten the

mistaken idea that Jesus went down into

hell and he preached to the lost people

in torment like the rich man there in

Luke chapter 16 yea but the Bible

explains that once a person is is dead

and their soul goes to one of those two

locations then there's no getting out of

that it's not like people in torment

could repent and do something different

and change their spiritual destination

in fact there in Luke chapter 16 it says

there's a great gulf that fixed and so

those people in torment can never get

over to paradise and those people in

paradise won't ever go to torment and so

what we have there is you know it seems

like a simple misunderstanding of a word

you put the word hell for Hades and it

is simple enough except for the fact

that if a person thinks that Hell means

the place where wicked people go well

they're going to then misunderstand

where Jesus went after he died and

before he was resurrected and so the

idea of translations that aren't exactly

right and we have to do a little study

with those so sometimes people don't

read it sometimes they don't read it

systematically well and sometimes we

don't understand cultures and things

that were going on in the past that we

need some understanding of and then

sometimes the translation just isn't

exactly what we would desire to have a

complete good understanding of the

original inerrant text and then we come

to the idea that you know sometimes well

sometimes there are just misleading

teachers you know Paul understood this

in Acts chapter 20 he called the elders

of the Ephesian Church to him and he

told them that they were going to need

to watch out because there were going to

be people who taught things that just

simply were not right and they're nice

chapter 20 and verses 29 and 30 he said

for I know this that after my departure

savage wolves will come in among you not

sparing the flock also from among

yourselves men will rise

is up speaking perverse things to draw

away disciples after them you see the

the fact of the matter was that there

were going to be people even in the

church in Ephesus that we're going to

teach false things that we're going to

be designed to pull people away from the

truth is it true that people teach wrong

things about God's will now certainly in

fact it's tragically true you know there

have been numerous people who have said

that this is what God wants or this is

what God has said when God hasn't said

that you know the entire religion of

Islam is based on teachings from

Muhammad and Muhammad was saying this is

what God says and yet and yet Muhammad

was teaching something that is in many

ways contradictory to what Jesus taught

and what the New Testament teaches many

people have come to the Bible and said

well this is what the New Testament

actually teaches and it's it's not what

the New Testament teaches and so we have

to be on the lookout we have to be

careful that we do not believe something

that a person tells us when the Bible

might not teach that you know the Bible

mentions a group of people those in

Berea who are more fair-minded than

those in Thessalonica because they

search the Scriptures daily to see if

those things that were being taught were

actually in the Bible I'll never forget

an illustration that Jerry Jenkins

presented he was at Maywood and many of

you might remember him and his amazing

Bible teaching there especially at

Maywood Christian camp and he was

talking to all of the campers there and

he and he held up a Bible and he said

hey this Bible right here he said how

how long do you think the Bible is who

in here thinks that this Bible is 18

inches long well of course nobody

thought that the Bible was 18 inches

long as obviously much shorter than that

and no one raised his or her hand and so

brother jinkin said that's what I

expected that's what I expected and so

he reached into his pocket and he pulled

out a tape measure and he pulled that

tape measure over the Bible cover and he

mentioned he looked down and he said I'm

looking down at this tape measure

how many of you believe now that it's 8

inches mom

oh they trusted brother Jerry and he was

looking at the tape measure and I mean

it was right there and he was he was

looking at it and they said most

everyone in the audience raised their

hand and said we believe that it's 8

inches long and then he took that Bible

and he put it in front of the first

Kemper on the first row and he let that

temper look at the tape measure and the

tape measure said it was seven and a

half inches long and he said you all

just let me tell you what this standard

says without looking at it yourself you

know that's a that's a great point isn't

it you know it's one thing that there

will be good teachers who will teach the

truth and righteousness and that truth

will be something that we absolutely

need to listen to but there's there's a

chance that anybody who's teaching you

anything even as sincere as they may be

might be teaching us something wrong and

so we need to watch out for false

teachers many times they they are

they're sincere but they're just

sincerely wrong and so as we look at

that idea of a person being sincere but

being sincerely wrong or even a person

that's insincere that's trying to pull

us away from the truth we need to

recognize it's not our prerogative to

tell someone else to explain to us what

the Bible says it's our responsibility

to make sure that we know what the text

says for our selves and the only way

that we can know what this Texas for

ourselves is if we check the text

ourselves and so as we're looking at

that sometimes false teachers pull us

into era and we misunderstand things

because of those false teachers and then

tragically sometimes there are just some

hard issues that get in the way and

those heart issues cause us to

misunderstand the text and what I say by

misunderstanding the text I mean they

just

we just don't want the text to say

something and when we go to it we don't

let it say what it really is saying you

know there are things in our lives that

we do that we want to keep doing

sometimes there are things in our minds

and in our hearts that we love and we

want to hang on to those things and when

we go to the text of the Bible sometimes

we don't want to read that it says

something different about how we're

living in what we should change I guess

the most graphic illustration I've ever

seen of this particular principle was

the fact that I was talking to a

preacher friend of mine who said he had

been sitting down with a person talking

to that person about what he needed to

do to be saved

and that person understood he needed to

believe in Christ and need to repent of

his sins but he was just having a

problem with the concept of baptism you

went to Acts chapter to repent and be

baptized but this particular person said

well baptism doesn't save us it's not

necessary for salvation and of course in

one sense baptism is just as important

and no more important than any other

aspect of the plan of salvation the

blood of Jesus Christ is what saves

anybody but believing in Jesus Christ is

what helps us to get the blood of Jesus

Christ on her soul and repenting of our

sins and being baptized so so he said

well baptism doesn't save us well that

friend of mine the preacher took him

over to first Peter chapter 3 verse 21

and he was reading I think from the old

King James and he said would you mind

reading this passage and the man said

yes even so baptism doth also not save

us not through my friend said well hold

on just a second could you read that

again and he said yes even so baptism

doth also not save us not to remove one

and I think it was about three or four

times that the individual read the

passage and if you read the passage it

says even so baptism doth also now save

us not the removal of the filth of the

flesh but the answer of a good

conscience toward God you see baptism is

the step at which we come in contact

with the blood of Jesus Christ as you

read Romans chapter 6 verses 3 through 6

but this man in his mind so disbelieved

that you had to be baptized to be saved

that he

mentally and then physically inserted a

word that's not in the text you know

most people don't do it that graphically

most people don't say this doesn't do it

even when the text says it does but most

people when they read it say well that's

not really really what it means it

really means this you know sometimes we

have heart issues don't we and if we're

ever going to understand what God's Word

says we've got to be willing to put our

heart issues aside and come to the text

and ask the simple question what is God

saying that might mean you have to

change a sexual relationship you have it

might mean you have to change a

long-standing lifetime religious

situation you're in it might mean you

have to change something that you knew

every single day but the question is not

what is God saying that already agrees

with what I do the question is simply

what is God saying and that's what I

need to do is the Bible hard to

understand well there are certain parts

of it that are hard to understand but it

is understandable enough that anybody

who can listen to this discussion and

understand what's been said in this

particular lesson can know everything

they need to know to become a Christian

you know it is isn't it amazing that God

has given us a book that a 10 11 or 12

year old can understand enough to know

how to become a new creature to be

baptized into Christ to have his or her

sins washed away and can come out of

that watery grave a baptism and be a new

creature and yet it's a book that that

12 year old can study for hours and

hours and hours and hours every day if

he or she wanted to for the rest of that

new Christians life and they would find

new information they would find new

insights into the text every single time

they read it just like David said I

think we should all pray this same

prayer in psalm 119 18

open my eyes that I may see wondrous

things from your law every time we read

God's Word we can see new wondrous

things from his law what an amazing God

to have provided for us such an awesome

book