Here is another point literalists make. Here are a couple quotes that develop this idea.
Clearly God did not give us His written word that it should be a source of confusion as to what He wanted to communicate to us. God gave us His word in written form whereby it would be available to all so that everyone could know His truth. Further He wrote it in such a way as to be clear and not be complicated and misleading. Cooper P Abrams III Is there any scripture offered to support this? No.
If God is the originator of language and if the chief purpose of originating it was to convey His message to humanity, then it must follow that He, being all wise and all loving, originated sufficient language to convey all that was in His heart to tell mankind . If language is the creation of God for the purpose of conveying His message, then a theist must view that language as sufficient in scope and normative in use to accomplish that purpose for which God originated it" (Ryrie, Dispensationalism), 81.
Is there any scripture offered to support this? No. What does the Bible say? We could easily find many examples of very difficult passages in the Bible, but here is second Peter it comes right out and says that it contains things that are hard to understand.
2Pe 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
These literalists insist that the Bible is written in plain simple language that is easy to understand. What does the Bible say?
Few acknowledge this, however the Bible itself indicates that it is a Sealed Book. There are three references to sealed book(s) in the Old Testament. The most well known is that in Daniel. Here is part of it:
Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, even to the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."
We find two references in Isaiah on the same topic.
Isaiah 8:16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
Isaiah 29: 10 For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes; the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath He covered.
11 And the vision of all has become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, "Read this, I pray thee"; and he saith, "I cannot, for it is sealed."
12 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, "Read this, I pray thee"; and he saith, "I
am not learned."
Later in the same chapter of Isaiah, the Lord speaks of a future day when things will be different.
Isaiah 29:18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.
Some writers claim that the book sealed is just the book of Daniel and do not see the connection between that reference and the others mentioned here. But the reference in Isaiah uses the words 'testimony' and 'law'. These words commonly refer to the Word of God. [See Psalm 119 for example.] The quote from Isaiah 29 says the people have no vision. And it's not just a case of not being able to read, the unlearned one can't read. It's a case of not being able to understand what is being read. The learned one cannot read it because it is sealed. That is he can tell you exactly what it says, but he has no idea what it really means!
This speaks of the condition of the Church where we all have a good idea of what the bible says, but cannot come to any agreement about what it means!
seal the law among my disciples
The book that is sealed is the Bible! The entire Bible, not just Daniel.
There is one sense in which the Word is a Sealed book to the unbeliever. In that the natural man cannot understand the Word since things of the Spirit must be understood by the Spirit. That is with the Spirit of God to enable you to understand His Word.
Yet these references are talking about God's people not being able to understand the Word. Here is an example form 2nd Corinthians:
2 Corinthians 3:
14 But their minds were blinded; and up until this day the same veil remaineth untaken away in the reading of the old testament, which veil is done away with in Christ.
15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their hearts.
16 Nevertheless when they shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.
Notice this passage speaks of a veil blinding their minds. Yet there is a promise that the veil will be removed when they turn to the Lord. Let's not presume to think that this applies only to the old testament Hebrew people. It speaks just as surely to the church of today.
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