Why do we fail to grasp that every word the Infinite speaks is so loaded with meaning, with spirit and with life that our lifetimes are insufficient to explore their richness? How can God inspire a book, a sentence or a word and we take his words just as they appear? He cannot be contained by words or a book. The words are an invitation to the Word.
Have you noticed that “see” and “behold” appear quite often in scriptures?
While his contemporaries may have seen God as bloodthirsty, David saw beyond the letter and referred to God as a Shepherd who gently guides and feeds his sheep. This was provocative, if not considered as blasphemous as Jesus referring to God with the endearing term of Abba. Jesus seemed as non-compliant as David who ate the forbidden show bread. They tapped into the spirit behind the letter. God seeks interior compliance not an appearance.
True, the scriptures say an adulterer should be stoned to death but what is the spirit behind those words? Jesus’ response to the Pharisees showed the spirit behind the letter. The scriptures invite us to the infinite mind of God but we often limit Him and ourselves to the letter.
The letter of scriptures is confusing and at times quite uninteresting and contradictory when viewed as mere words. But God is not in competition with Plato or Shakespeare. His words invite us far above the best of human ideas. We impoverish ourselves when we stop at the letter and fail to see God calling us to think with Him, to play in His field of love, of possibilities beyond imagination, to begin to experience eternity right here, right now.
Meditation is the avenue. What you (fail to) see is what you (fail to) get. It is unto you according to your faith, your eyes. God and all He offers awaits us beyond the letter. See.