Scripture Reading: Acts 17:10-15
“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 17:11,12)
When Paul and Silas arrived in Berea, they found the Jews there to be “more noble than those in Thessalonica.” The Berean Jews were open-minded, fair and thoughtful, while the Jews in Thessalonica were closed-minded, judgmental and rigid. The Thesslonians were so steeped in their religious traditions that they refused to listen to Paul’s message and they even attacked him.
However, look at what was said of the Berean Jews: “They received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were true.” They listened to Paul’s teaching and examined what he said in light of the Scripture. Upon an open and honest examination, many of them believed.
The Berean Jews are an example for all believers. What they did, we should do. When we hear a sermon or teaching or read a book or article, we should examine what we hear and read in light of the Scriptures. The Bible is our only infallible rule for faith and practice. Thus we should not receive what we hear or read blindly. We must test it against what the Scriptures teach.
We believe in the clarity of Scripture. This doctrine emphasizes the fact that the Bible can be understood rightly, not just by Bible scholars, but also by ordinary Christians. Our job is to read the Scriptures carefully depending upon the Holy Spirit to illuminate its meaning. When we study God’s Word eagerly and diligently, the Holy Spirit will open the eyes of our hearts to understand its meaning and application. Therefore, let us receive the Word with eagerness and be diligent to examine what we read, depending on the Holy Spirit to illuminate our hearts to grasp its truth.
O Holy Spirit, You are the Author of the Scriptures and You are the One who illuminates my heart to understand them. May I examine Your Word eagerly as I seek to conform my life and beliefs to its teachings.
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