Have you given much thought to the Bereans?
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that this is going to be another one of those posts that encourages everyone to study Scripture for themselves in order to determine if something that a teacher or book or whatever says is true. That’s fine and good. But, that’s not the point of this post.
Have you given much thought to the Bereans, really… in their context?
What do I mean?
Well, here is the relevant passage:
The brothers [from Thessalonica] immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. 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. Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. (Acts 17:10-12 ESV)
Now, remembering that these Bereans probably (almost definitely) did not have individual copies of the Scriptures (the Old Testament), when and where did they “examine the Scriptures daily to see if these things [the things that Paul and Silas taught] were so”?
Have you ever thought about that? If so, what do you think? If you haven’t thought about it before, think about it… then tell us what you think…
Is this relevant for us today as the church?