Thumbs-up gesture doesn’t covey much if we see only four fingers closed and thumb standing upward. But if we look for the implied meaning, then it is a positive, informal signal indicating a job well done, and saying ‘keep it up.’
Similarly, biblical accounts don’t convey much if we see them as mere accounts. But if we look for the implied truth, then it is a treasure. For example:
1) God warned Adam and Cain before they could act—this communication had no effect on both of them—one perfect and the other imperfect.
2) God performed great miracles over the Israelites, and Jesus too did the same—yet they had no effect on the people who simply preferred Barabbas to Jesus. Implied truth is that people would not change their course of action no matter what God communicates to them or does in favor of them. Under the force of circumstance even if they change, they would revert just like water rising upward as vapor under the heat and then reverting to liquidity again after the special circumstance ceasing to exist.
3) In Genesis 11:6, 7 we find God speaking about the ability of humans: If all humans are to speak one language, “then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
Behind the literalness of this description, an interesting implied truth is conveyed: Both God and Humans alike know that so much of wastage of energy and time can be saved which, in turn, can be diverted into productive purposes if the world reverts to one language. People would leap with joy over such a prospect—we breathe the same air, drink the same water, and speak the same language. Yet humans also know that individuals are unlikely to agree to abandon their language in favor of another. Even a mere suggestion would result in resentment and conflicts! In other words, need is appreciatively and intensely felt, but adaptation is not possible as both offset each other.
If this is the state of affairs with humans, it is pointless for God to communicate with them! This is the irony from the Bible, the so-called written communication of God that it is pointless for God to communicate with humans.