Why do people find Yeshua’s words and speech difficult to understand? For us two thousand years later, one could say it is because of differences in time, language, and custom, but that doesn’t explain it. The events, stories, and dialog within the narrative is understandable in its context. No, what tends to puzzle those who heard at that time, confounds us as well. In fact, Yeshua seems often to address issues or matters that are somewhat separate from what follows in the event. For example, Yeshua has a discussion with a Samaritan woman where He speaks to her
in a way that breaks down barriers, reveals her hidden history, and addresses her most profound hope – “When Messiah comes He will explain everything.” He does this while speaking of life giving water that will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. Furthermore, He says, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4: 23-24). These statements about eternal life, the Spirit, and worship are not explained, but seem to possess a much deeper reflection of God and His nature. Believers have read and studied the scriptures for a life time and we have the indwelling Holy Spirit to impart understanding, but the depth and profound nature of Yeshua’s words still speaks with enlightenment, inspiration, and power.
Yeshua is God as a human on earth. Consequently the wisdom, knowledge, and infinite eternal nature of almighty God is in His words and deeds. John explains, “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.” (John 1: 18). Yeshua’s divinity is evident in the words He speaks, because He is the Word of God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1: 1-5, 14).
So, what we fail to understand is that God speaks through all time of realities that exceed our physical and rational capability. Yeshua spoke in parables, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them….This is why I speak to them in parables: ‘Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.’ ” (Matt. 13: 11, 13). Those who reject and have no faith in God may hear, but will not understand. Nevertheless, believers will marvel at the glory of God and the secrets of heaven that are revealed in Scripture, including the prophecy that reveals the future return of Messiah Yeshua, and how He will show His pierced hands and feet to His people Israel. In that day, all Israel will be saved by accepting their Messiah. Just as Yeshua came back and appeared to Thomas so that he would believe, He will come back to Israel, physically, so they can see and believe. “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53: 5). “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ ” (Matt. 23: 37-39). “Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all peoples on earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.” (Rev. 1: 7). ” ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’ ” (Acts 1: 11). You will find no such words of power, glory, and love on earth in any book other than the Bible.