The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men. But when the Jews of Thessalonica found out that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Berea also, they came there as well, agitating and stirring up the crowds. Then immediately the brethren sent Paul out to go as far as the sea; and Silas and Timothy remained there. Now those who escorted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they left.
– Acts 17:10-15 (emphasis added)
This passage picks up where yesterday’s left off. Yesterday’s events took place in the city of Thessalonica; today’s take place down the road in the city of Berea. Both cities still exist in modern-day Greece.
Luke (the author of Acts, and sometimes traveling companion of Paul) is contrasting the behavior of the synagogue in Berea with the one in Thessalonica. This was commonplace with the apostles – that some Jews received the message of Messiah more readily than others. Note also that after rejection by the majority of the synagogue in one city, Paul still started with the synagogue when he went to the next city – and Paul was the apostles sent to the Gentiles!
I am making this point about Jews because I want to squash the notion some people have that God rejected the Jews and that the Christianity is for Gentiles. Rubbish! God loves Jews and He loves Gentiles. Jews and Gentiles collaborated in the crucifixion of Jesus. Consequently, in the mercy of God, both Jews and Gentiles are offered forgiveness. The whole mission of Messiah was to bring together Jews and Gentiles into one family with God as Father of all.
In the emphasized section, note that the Berean synagogue didn’t just examine the Scriptures on the Sabbath (as had been the case in Thessalonica), but they went at it daily. Consider yourself “noble-minded” that you are examining the Scriptures daily.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, when we examine the Scriptures we want always to be looking for You…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)