The Bible is an incredible book. No other book is like it, period. It stands to reason that no other book would or even could be like it, since it has a very unique characteristic, one that no other book has: it is written by God who created the heavens, the earth and the sea and all things that are therein (Neh.9:6 et al).

The Bible treats of nearly every topic known to man, and I never cease to be amazed at just how much it really does teach us on so many topics, even things most people would never imagine it would. Of course for thousands of years people have disagreed about what the scriptures teach. When Jesus was preaching, he often caused divisions among the people.

One such case is recorded in John 7:40-43.

40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.

41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?

42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

43 So there was a division among the people because of him.

Jesus’ teaching had caused some to say that he is the Christ, while others knew that he came out of Galilee and the scripture taught that the Christ would come out of Bethlehem, the city of David. Clearly he could not have come out of Galilee and out of Bethlehem, right? Wrong. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, his parents having gone there to be taxed (Lk.2:4,11), but they were from Nazareth, a city of Galilee, and returned there with him after he was born.

Why did God have it that Jesus would come both out of Bethlehem and Galilee?  Did he do it to confuse people?  Does it surprise you that Jesus would cause this kind of division?  It shouldn’t.  Listen to the words of Jesus himself (Lk.12:51-53).

51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.

53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

If you don’t like that, keep in mind that it’s Jesus with whom you have a problem, not me.  God puts things in his word, like the fact that Jesus both came out of Galilee and out of Bethlehem specifically for the purpose of causing division, of dividing sheep from the goats (see Isa.28:9-13)  How then are we to understand the scriptures with these kinds of snares in them? We must rightly divide the word of truth (2Ti.2:15, Isa.28:9-13), something that requires much diligent study.  If we want to know the truth, we must study the word of God in the way that he teaches us to do (see Jn.7:17) and we must search it out as one searches for gold or silver or rubies or anything else of value (Pro.2:1-5).

Searching for gold is not an easy task (especially in our day).   It requires hard work, sweat and tears, joy and pain.  Gold, silver, rubies and any other worldly treasure are of little worth compared to the true riches which are in Christ (Job 28:8; Pr.3:15,8:11,20:15, Eph.3:8, Php.4:19).