Growing up, we had a Sunday school class called The Bereans. I thought the name meant “old people” since they were all old. One of our recent sermons at church was based out of Acts 17:10 when Paul and Silas have a short visit to the city of Berea. There they found many Jews and a number of prominent Greek women and men who studied the scriptures together. They listened to Paul and searched the scriptures to see if what he preached was true.
It does not say these were old people…it says they were noble. It says they were eager to receive the message and that they checked what was said with what they knew was true…based on scripture.
I want to be a Berean. I want to receive the message with great eagerness and yet take the time to see if what is being said is true according to the Bible. I also take comfort in seeing that they met together and studied together. There was unity among them. They were a community of believers!
I hear and read many messages. I find encouragement and strength knowing that it is okay to search the scriptures—it is wise, it is noble.
When I am bombarded by the world, I pray I remember these wise and noble people from Berea and do likewise; search the scriptures with my fellow brothers and sisters.
Contributed by Joy Lujan, Caldwell Friends