1: Section 2
Bible Interprets itself
We need to realize that the key to easier (not easy)
understanding of the Bible is found in its own pages.
Our tendency is not to look far enough for answers inside
the book when we find something that we do not understand.
A basic principle in reading the Bible more effectively
lies in the simple fact:-
Your questions about what the Bible teaches are
answered in the Bible.
cannot be emphasized too much. Sometimes, instead of
looking to the Bible, we ask others for help. This can
lead us in wrong directions. Remember, the Bible is
the inspired Word of God. Bible commentaries and other
books are not inspired and so we should not give them
the same respect as the Bible.
explanation of a problem is sometimes to be found in
the same chapter in which it occurs, or in a chapter
nearby. Let’s look at a couple of examples:-
at Matthew 13 v 1 to 9
this chapter we are presented with the parable of
the sower. If you keep on reading, starting at verse
18, you find that you are given a complete explanation
of the parable.
example of the Bible explaining itself is found in the
prophecy of Isaiah.
at Isaiah 14 v 12
statements have been made about this verse, but if we
just look at verse 4 of the same chapter, which introduces
the section, we see that, clearly, it is talking about
the king of Babylon.
the answers or explanations are to be found in different
books of the Bible.
very good way of reading the Bible effectively is to listen
for "Bible echoes". Whenever you read the Bible keep asking
yourself, "Where have I heard that word or phrase before?"
When you have difficulty in understanding a section, look
for these "Bible echoes" in other parts of the Bible.
We will show you how to track down these "echoes" when
we look at the use of a concordance later.
chapter in the Bible that has "echoes" throughout the
rest of the Bible is Isaiah 53.
first reading it is clear that the whole chapter is
describing someone who was to suffer terribly. Verses
4 to 6 would seem to indicate that these sufferings
are relevant to us. If we look at the "echoes" in the
rest of the Bible it becomes clear who this chapter
is talking about.
Matthew 8 v 14 to 17
last verse of this passage clearly tells us that when
Jesus healed people he was fulfilling the first half
of Isaiah 53 v 4.
1 Peter 2 v 21 to 25
22 of this passage "echoes" the second half of Isaiah
53 v 9.
first half of verse 23 "echoes" Isaiah 53 v 7.
24 "echoes" Isaiah 53 v 4, 5 and 11.
first half of verse 25 "echoes" Isaiah 53 v 6.
references again tell us that Isaiah 53 is talking about
the Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 26 v 62 and 63
Mark 14 v 60 and 61
John 19 v 9
passages "echo" the fact that Isaiah 53 v 7 talks of
remaining silent despite provocation.
Acts 8 v 29 to 35
there can be no argument that verses 7 and 8 of Isaiah
53 are talking about Jesus Christ.
Matthew 27 v 57 to 60
events described here "echo" the phrase "they made his
grave... with the rich at his death" in Isaiah 53 v
Romans 8 v 34
end of this verse "echoes" Isaiah 53 v 12 in the reference
to "making intercession".
of these "echoes" point clearly to the fact that Isaiah
53 must be talking about Jesus Christ. This is just
one example of how listening for "echoes" lets the Bible
are in fact many more "echoes" in this chapter. We will
show you how to find "echoes" in the "Concordances"
and "Cross references" sections.
of Do’s and Donts
first to the Bible for answers to your questions.
for “echoes” to find answers to your questions.
down your questions that you cannot answer immediately
(It may be a while until you “hear the echo” giving
at isolated passages and draw conclusions.