Scripture: “Now the Bereans were of more noble character then the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11)

Observation: The apostle Paul is on his third missionary journey. He’s gone from Philippi, to Thessalonica and is now in Berea. Just prior to this, in Thessalonica, the Bible tells us that he reasoned with the Jews in the synagogue, using the Scriptures to explain that Jesus is the Christ; and that he had to suffer and rise from the dead (Acts 17:2-3). However the Jews in Thessalonica largely did not receive the message, though some did and so did many God-fearing Greeks. Paul and Silas were asked to leave the town – actually run out of it by a mob riot started by the Jews. In Berea, however, they were different. The Bible tells us that they were of more noble character. What made their character noble? … they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day. The Bible is telling us that we would do well to eagerly examine the Scriptures daily. In them, we will find Truth.

Application: I must admit, I don’t always receive the message with great eagerness. Often the message of the Bible reveals to me my sin. And sometimes I’m just plain lazy. I get caught up in the variety of other pursuits in my life and I don’t devote time daily to be in the word-much less to do so eagerly. This verse is reminding me that Bible reading is not a chore, but that it contains the message of life and salvation. I need to approach it eagerly every day.

Prayer: Lord, restore to me the joy of your salvation. Renew in me a hearty desire and eagerness to visit you in your Word and to receive the message with gladness. Amen.