When the Ethiopian eunuch read Isaiah 53 while riding in his chariot, Philip asked him, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The eunuch replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” (Acts 8:30-31) Both this question and its answer reflect the thoughts of many readers and students of the Bible from the past up through today.
Some Bible passages are easy enough for even a little child to understand. But at the same time, some Bible passages and stories make us think of what Peter said about Paul’s letters, namely “Some things in them are hard to understand” (2 Peter 3:16). For that reason, to understand some passages accurately, we need to rely on pulling close to us the big picture of the Bible, like looking through a telescope. At the same time, to understand other passages we need to examine the tiniest details, like looking through a microscope. But when the picture becomes clear, an accurate and firm understanding of the Bible becomes the foundation of our faith and daily life that made our study worth it.
This little book guides the reader in looking at many Bible passages through both a telescope and a microscope so that things that were once puzzling passages for many people become passages that are beloved, and saints who were once confounded become saints who grow in the Word of God.