Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”

Acts 17:11

The Bereans were commended in the Bible for receiving the message of the gospel with great eagerness and daily examination of the Scriptures. The Greek word used here for “examine” is the same word used when Luke says that Pilate examined Jesus (23:14-15) and that the Sanhedrin examined Peter and John (Acts 4:9). The Bereans mulled over the evidence as jurors do at a trial. They did not simply accept what Paul said. Rather, they intently studied his words in light of God’s Word.

God’s Word is the “plumb line” that stands up to inspection. It is filled with cross-references, historical facts, and prophecies that came to be. There is no supplement for it! We must not simply accept the words of men, but rather go to the source—the very Word of God—peering through the lens of truth. Jesus said that if His Word abides in us, we will know the truth, and the truth will set us free (John 8:31-32).

May we, like the Bereans, receive God’s Word readily, examine the Scriptures daily, and see how the truth of Jesus sets us free.

Scripture Focus

Acts 17:1-15


Can it be said that you are of “noble character”? Do you eagerly receive the message of Jesus Christ and spend time searching the Scriptures?

Bible In A Year

  • Jeremiah 21-22
  • Psalm 114
  • 1 Corinthians 3-4