Tuesday 24th January 2017 - Daily Reading:
Acts 17 - Be Eager and Examine by Richard Cowling

Today I want us to focus our attention on Acts 17:10-15 and Paul and Silas' time with the Bereans. In particular, I want us to focus on verse 11. It says this: "Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true."

Firstly, we are told that the Bereans received the message with great eagerness. In the KJV, it tells us that they 'received the word with all readiness.' And secondly verse 11, we are told that the Bereans examined the Scriptures every day to see if what they heard was true.

I think it is fair to say that the Bereans were being taught the Scriptures by the most famous apostle of the early church, Paul. This is the same Paul that wrote many of the New Testament books. However, even still, when they heard Paul's teaching, the Bereans didn't take it for granted, but instead went and searched and examined the Scriptures to see if what Paul was saying was biblical, and truth. They asked themselves the question; Is this man teaching us the truth? And so what did they do? They searched the word of God daily to make sure that it was! And their research wasn't casual either. The word 'searched' suggests to me that they made it a priority to give close examination to the Word of God, and they did so on a daily basis.

Verse 11 also tells us that they 'received the message with great eagerness'. Or as I said at the start, the KJV says they 'received the word with all readiness'. When Paul preached the Word to them, they had hearts that were open and ready to receive it. And so, with hearts that were open to receiving the Word, and minds that were eager to test the Word, we are told that the Bereans were 'of more noble character than those is Thessalonica'.

Let's learn from the Bereans this morning. Let's be people that receive the Word of God with great eagerness, and with all readiness; and let's be people that seek to examine the Scriptures each day, to grow in the Word and to discover the truth of the Word!

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