Examine the Word

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.12 Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. 13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too,agitating and stirring up the crowds. 14 Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. 15 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a commandfor Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed. – Acts 17:10-15

What were special about the Bereans?

  • They received the word with eagerness
  • They examined the word to make sure it was true.

Because these things were done, many of them believed.  This was not the case in Thessalonica.  What sets the Bereans apart were they had a love of Scripture and a craving for truth.  Their hearts were prepared hear the Word.

Even then when they received the word, they examined it.  They didn’t just take it in, they were listening with discernment.  In the last section Paul was the one reasoning from the Scriptures, in this passage it’s the people who are using the Scriptures in a profitable way.  While we certainly ought to expect much from our pastors and preachers as they prepare their messages, in some ways our pastors and preachers ought to expect much from us as we listen to the Word being taught.  We ought not to be merely listening to the message, that is only bare minimum requirement, we ought to be engaging with the message.  Thought is required!  Interact with what you are hearing.  How does this line up with other Biblical truth you know?  How ought this to impact my life?  What does this change my perception of God or even myself?

Don’t just be readers of the Word or even just doers of the Word.  Be examiners of the Word!


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