e·nig·maiˈniɡmə/nouna person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand.
God tests his children with enigmas. God expects us to have faith even when we do not fully understand what God is doing. Adam and Eve were told not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil or it would result in death. They had never seen death, but they were required to love and trust God enough to obey him despite their lack of full understanding. They failed. Job was tested with suffering. He asked God "Why?" God never gave him an intellectually satisfying answer. But Job passed his test by trusting the LORD in spite of his questions. I have been confronted with many questions in my life concerning God that made me intellectually uncomfortable. Some of the questions I have now had answered. Some of them I haven't. But I trust God even though I don't understand everything about him. Honestly, there are some things about God that I don't like. But I love him because he first loved me, and he has put a love in my heart for him that surpasses my understanding.
Consider this passage in which disciples were given the test of enigma. Notice that while some passed, most failed.
Joh 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. 59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. 60 ¶ Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? 61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. 65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. 66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
In this passage, Jesus deliberately said something that was repulsive and confusing. Jesus knew that when he said, "Whoso eateth of my flesh and drinketh my blood hath eternal life..." there would be those that would be confused. He knew there were people who were wondering if Jesus was the messiah or just another crazy impostor. He knew that his audience was not fully ready for such a bold claim of importance. But he watched the crowd walk away rather than say, "Hey wait, please don't go. Let me explain and I will give you an intellectually satisfying explanation." Notice that not even the disciples claimed to understand what Jesus was talking about. The response of Peter wasn't, "I get it Lord. I understand all your metaphors and parables as soon as I hear them. I think I will stick around." Peter's response is, "To whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life?" Peter trusted Christ more than his intellect. He was not going to let intellectual difficulties stand between him and the Lord.
How do you handle intellectual difficulties? Do you consider walking away from Christ every time another "expert" slanders God and his Word? Do scientists in white lab coats rank higher in your esteem than the Bible? Do you trust your intellect over God's self revelation? If so, it is only a matter of time before Satan steals the word from your heart and persuades you to follow the pied piper to your grave. But if you have been truly born of God's Spirit, you will come to the Son, and he will by no means cast you out.
It is not an accident that believers are referred to as sheep. Sheep are not intelligent animals, but they do exhibit faith in their shepherd. They trust the shepherd to know what is best.
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.