10 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 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. 12 As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men. Acts 17:10-12
Ever wonder why there are so many churches or organizations with Berean in it? Verse 11 is the reason. They didn’t take Paul at face value. They wanted to find out for themselves if what he was saying was true. Now remember, they didn’t have access to the Scriptures 24/7/365 or on an app like we do. At best they had scrolls of Old Testament prophets and writers so they had to pore over the scrolls to find the information they were searching for. So when the writer of Acts said they examined the Scriptures every day, more than likely it was a full time job.
Let’s admit it, we’re soft in the West. We have access to teachings, videos, Bibles, translations, commentaries, Bible encyclopedias, accordances, apologetics, and gifted speakers. The information is out there to discover and learn.
But too often we get distracted because there’s so much. Sometimes we just need to read and absorb, to stop and meditate on what we’ve read. After all, the Holy Spirit is more powerful of a teacher than those resources combined. In fact, He provided the inspiration for those resources to exist.
Slow down and enjoy the Scriptures today.