Dealing With Difficult Passages

(page 96 of Standard Edition)
Dealing With Difficult
Sabbath afternoon
Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Tim. 2:10–15, 1 Chron. 29:17,
James 4:6–10, Gal. 6:9, Acts 17:11.
Memory Text: “And consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is
salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom
given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in
them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand,
which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as
they do also the rest of the Scriptures” (2 Peter 3:15, 16, NKJV).
hen discussing the apostle Paul’s letters, Peter writes that in
them, and in some other places in Scripture, there are “some
things hard to understand” (2 Pet. 3:16, NKJV). These words
are twisted or distorted by “ignorant and unstable people” (2 Pet. 3:16,
NIV) to their own destruction. Peter does not say that all things are dif-
ficult to understand—but only that some are.
And we know that, don’t we? What honest reader of the Bible
hasn’t come across texts that seem strange and difficult to understand?
Certainly, at some point or another, we’ve all had this experience.
That’s why we will take a look this week, not so much at difficult
texts per se, but at what might be the reasons for these challenges and
how, as faithful seekers of truth from the Word of God, we can work
through them. In the end, some of these challenging statements might
never be solved this side of heaven. At the same time, the vast majority
of texts in the Bible present no difficulty whatsoever, and there’s no
need to allow the small number of difficult ones to weaken our trust in
the reliability and authority of God’s Word as a whole.

  • Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, June 20.
    *June 13–19Lesson

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