WHY WAS THE BIBLE WRITTEN IN SUCH A HODGEPODGE OF IDEAS?
by Garland M. Robinson
Why did God not just give us some commands
to g by like the 10 commandments so that we would know if we were
doing his will?
God, in his infinite wisdom (Isaiah 55:8-9), wrote the Bible
he saw fit. What men often think is too difficult and makes no
sense at all, makes perfect sense when "rightly divided." The Bible
"fits like a glove" when handled correctly. Every part of it
matches with every other part. There are no contradictions. Man is
the author of confusion, not God (1 Corinthians 14:33). Man makes
the Bible difficult by not searching the Scriptures to learn God's
Everyone's obligation is to study. The Lord told the Jews to
"search the Scriptures" (John 5:39). The Holy Spirit said,
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that
needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth"
(2 Timothy 2:15). The people of Berea were commended because they
"searched the Scriptures" (Acts 17:11). The Word of Christ is to
dwell in us (Col. 3:16). Men err when they do not know the Bible
(Matthew 22:29). Jesus rebuked people for not reading and learning
(Mark 12:10). Even though Timothy had known the Scriptures since
childhood (2 Timothy 3:15-17), he was still told to give attendance
to reading (1 Timothy 4:13). Hebrew Christians were reproached for
not knowing enough to teach others (Hebrews 5:12).
In Exodus 20:3-17, God gave a list of commandments (ten in
number) to the Israelites. However, they failed in keeping them.
The New Testament, on the other hand, has commandments scattered
throughout its pages. Our obligation is to search them out and do
them in order to be wise (Matthew 7:24-26).
We can know the truth (John 8:32). The Bible can be understood
(Ephesians 3:4). It was written that men might believe (John
20:31). But it takes diligent effort to find the "pearl of great
price" (Matthew 13:46). Nothing worth value comes easy. One must
totally surrender their whole life to God's Way (Matthew 6:33; Luke
9:57-62). No one will go to heaven by accident. It takes deliberate
and determined effort to go there (Luke 13:23-24).
I can't answer as to why God did not give us a list of 1, 2,
etc. But, the list is there just the same in the New Testament.
It's our job to "rightly divide it" and dig it out (Romans 1:18-