“That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there they went to the Jewish Synagogue. And the people of Berea were more open minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.”
Paul and Silas left Thessalonica after experiencing a riot and life threatening danger. Their message of salvation seemed to cause so much trouble that it not only put Paul and Silas’ life in danger but also other believers lives too. The gospel Paul and Silas preached was not very well accepted by the Jewish people in Greece, so after being kicked out Thessalonica, they were sent to Berea (modern day southwest Macedonia). There Paul and Silas experienced a group of Jews from Berea who met regularly met in the synagogue.
As Paul and Silas preached the message of salvation to them, they were greatly encouraged and listened intently to their message. So much so that they searched the scriptures to see if what Paul was preaching was truth or not. “As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek woman and men.” How encouraging for Paul and Silas. Not only was their message accepted but they saw a genuine desire from the Bereans to not only know the God that Paul was preaching about from Paul’s mouth but also they wanted to know Him for themselves. By searching the scriptures day and night it allowed the Holy Spirit to guide them, convict them and open their eyes to Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
We too can learn an important lesson from the Bereans. We should not just accept everything we hear from the pulpit but search the scripture to see if what is being taught is in line with God’s word and with His truth. When we too have an eagerness to hear the preaching of the word and God’s revelation through scripture, we can begin to see our lives transformed by the mighty power of the Holy Spirit and the resurrected Christ. Let God’s word come alive and be evident in our lives.