Bruce Baber (6
2 Timothy 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
I feel drawn, like a compass needle is drawn to the north pole,
to peculiar verses in the Bible. Verses where no explanation is
given for something which at first glance seems odd. I
want to explore them and find out why they were inserted,
afterall they must be there for a reason even if there is no
For example, there's the odd mention of the floating ax head (2
Kings 6: 5-7). I read passages like that and think to
myself... "My, that's very strange. Why was that put
I feel the same way about Genesis 5:24... And Enoch walked with
God; and he was not, for God took him. No explanation, yet
we know there's a reason for the sudden change in wording in
Genesis. In this particular case it seems apparent (at
least to some of us) that it is meant to foreshadow the rapture.
The story of Balaam's talking donkey is another one. Read
Numbers 22: 28-33. You have to admit that that one is
The passage about Samson using the jawbone of an ass to kill the
Philistines is pretty strange too. See Judges 15:
15. A jawbone is a very strange weapon. It's not
even a particularly good weapon. And why the jawbone of an
ass which seems doubly peculiar?
How about the shadow moving backward in 2 Kings, or Joshua's
long day (Joshua10)?
There's the bit about Noah covering the ark with pitch inside
and out. Normally that might not seem odd. However,
when we dig a little deeper we find that pitch has the same
meaning as atonement and that certainly should get our
David burying Goliath's head at Jerusalem in Samuel 17 likewise
seems odd because at the time it was still a city held by the
enemy. But it foreshadowed Golgotha and it certainly
reminds us of the prophecy in Genesis 3:15 where Jesus would
actually be the ultimate fulfillment.
There are plenty of others. These are just the ones that
come readily to mind. I might have included the anointing
of Jesus' feet, not once, but twice. I have a theory about
that bit, but I'll leave it for another time.
All scripture is given for a reason and it's so important that
not one jot or tittle is supposed to be changed and certainly
not to be left out.
If a passage, or even just a single word, sounds peculiar then I
think it's there to draw our attention. It's like God is
saying, "Here's a puzzle for you. Figure it out."
Some of the strange passages found in the scriptures might bring
smiles to our faces, but we should never mock them. They
are all put there in the Bible for a reason. Years ago I
taught a series of lessons on the strangest things in the
Bible. I can't provide good explanations for them
all. Yet I think they are important. Too often (it
seems to me) preachers skip over the difficult parts of the
scriptures because they don't think the congregation can't
handle it. Maybe they just don't understand it
either. But, I really think it should all be dealt
with. If we don't understand the strange parts, that is
perfectly alright and completely understandable. I trust
that God will reveal what we need to know when we are ready for
We know that the Holy Spirit will reveal things to us that which
was formerly hidden. As it says in Ephesians 3...
4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the
mystery of Christ)
5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men,
as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the
There was a time when the suffering Messiah wasn't understood.
There was a time when the future existence of the church itself
was a mystery to the Jews. There was a time when the
rapture of the saints was a mystery to the church (perhaps I
should say that it still is to some?) until Paul gave us his
explanation 1 Corinthians.
The word "mystery" appears 22 times in the King James.
Don't you enjoy a good mystery?