It’s a great question: If the Bible is God’s Word, then why isn’t it clearer? Here’s one good answer: to keep seminary professors employed. While I am partial to that response, in this podcast we consider two other (admittedly more serious) solutions.
To begin with, just as a human author can have reasons to be less than clear, so can a divine author.
Second, it could be that God is sufficiently clear in the Bible to achieve his purposes, and God’s primary purpose is to attest to Christ. As Martin Luther once observed of scripture, “An elephant drowns in this sea; a lamb that is looking for Christ and perseveres, stands on firm ground and reaches the other side.” In other words, despite the great depth and complexity of the Bible, it is sufficiently clear and simple to bring the reader to Christ.