I first heard the phrase, “common man” from a neighbor friend of mine. She was telling me that she didn’t think the Bible was complex, “as it was written for the common man.” She was saying this because we disagreed on a topic and my opinion didn’t seem as easy to explain as hers. She said that the Bible was written for common man so the easy interpretation should be the right one.
I sort of agree with her. I believe the Bible was written for every man, woman and child in this world but using the term “common man” does not fit in that belief.
Stating that the Bible should just be easy to understand dumbs down the power in its pages. I don’t think the Bible was written for common man. The common man can understand all of it, but I don’t think it was written to be “commonly” read.
See, I believe the Bible was written to dive into. To go past the common man understanding of it and find the puzzle pieces in the Bible that connect every one of its words.
A common man can read Isaiah 7:14, but unless he moves past the common (ordinary, shallow) understanding, he cannot see the real meaning and fulfillment of it.
A common man can read John 3:16 and following, but unless he moves past the common knowledge of it, he can never fully understand it.
The Bible has to be read, studied and acknowledged with more than just a common interest or obligation.
Bottom line: the Bible can be understood by the common man, but only truly accepted as all that is worth, when we step past the bounds set by that excuse, and study it with more than a common knowledge.