Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. (NIV) Acts 17:11
In the dark of the night, Paul and Silas are sent from Thessalonica to Berea. There had been trouble in Thessalonica – turmoil because of their teaching of God’s Word and people coming to faith in Christ. Their time with the early church in Thessalonica was cut short and they travel south to Berea. Upon arriving there, they go to the Jewish synagogue and find something unique, the Bereans.
Luke writes that the Bereans were of noble character. They were open to God’s Word. They received Paul’s message with great eagerness. The reason why – they were serious about their Bible study. They were diligent about wanting to learn what God has to say in his Word. Day by day they searched the Scriptures to see if what Paul was saying aligned with the Word. They knew the Old Testament so they recognized their Savior when Paul spoke of Jesus. They believed because they knew God’s Word!
For the Bereans, the Bible was not some dusty old scroll or book occasionally pulled off the shelf. They believed. . .
That it contained Wisdom, Truth and Life.
That it was living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword.
That it contained all that they needed for life and godliness.
That it revealed the very nature of God Himself.
How about you? Are you known for your noble character? For your diligence in studying God’s Word? For your eagerness to verify the Word of God? For your daily examination of Scripture? If you’re not a Berean, why not start today?