If you want to meet someone at a certain time and place, would you need to specify other times and places NOT to meet? For example: If James wants to meet Mark in Colleyville at 8 a.m., he need not add, “Don’t meet me in Bedford, Richland Hills, Grapevine, Euless or Irving; and don’t meet me at 9 o’clock, or 10 or 11 or 12.” No! When he specifies one time and one place, it eliminates all other times and places.
This is an axiom of language. In the Bible, the same rule of language applies. A failure to observe this rule results in division. When it gives the name Christian, that eliminates all denominational names men add. When it specifies to partake of “bread and fruit of the vine” on “the first day of the week” in the Lord’s supper, it eliminates cake and coffee on Saturday. When the gospel record specifies sing in praise, that excludes guitars. The New Covenant is a “pattern of sound words … for all matters pertaining to life and godliness.” We must not add to, take away or change God’s Word (2 Jn 9-11; 2 Pet 1:3; I Cor 4:6; Gal 1:6-9).
It is not necessary for the shortest verse in the Bible (two words) to expand to over 200 “nots!” By adding “nots” to the shortest verse in the Bible, It could expand from 2 words to over 200, and the Bible could become a monstrosity!