Many people struggle to understand the Bible and how to search out answers to their questions. I am here to tell you that it is easier than you think if you have the right keys to the book. To unlock a lock, you need a key or in this case a set of keys. I am going to show you how to unlock the Bible for yourself.
The first key is a book called Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. This is a great book. It contains every word printed in the Bible. Better yet, it contains every place in the Bible where it is printed. It gives you part of the verse where the verse is found. In this way, you remember a part of a verse and can’t remember where it was, you can find it in this book. Here is where it gets even better. Every word has a number in the margin. This number is the number where the word is found in the dictionaries in the back both Greek and Hebrew. You can understand the Bible better when you go to the dictionary and look up the original language and all of the shadings of the word.
There is another great book called Naves Topical Bible. It is not actually a bible per se but it contains numerous bible verses about particular topics. For example, you could look up the subject of prayer and you could find numerous verses pertaining to prayer there. It makes Bible study much easier.
Then there are commentaries. Commentaries are books that explain difficult passages. The one that I recommend is a 6 volume set called Mathew Henry Commentaries. It is a thorough commentary on the whole Bible. There are more commentaries that are good and you can certainly make the case for having more than one commentary.
Finally, a good bible dictionary is worthwhile. There are many dictionaries out there. Let the store clerk in the religious book store explain their personal favorites.
If you will invest in these basic bible research tools, you can find answers for yourself and the Bible will be opened up to you. You no longer need to feel lost. The more comfortable that you get with the tools, the better you will be at researching issues in the bible. Let me close with a biblical admonition for your consideration.
Study (the bible) to show yourself a workman that need not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth. II Timothy 2:15