Day 98: More Noble Believers

Acts 17:10-15 :

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Beroea. When they arrived, they went into the Jewish synagogue.

Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Many of them therefore believed; also of the prominent Greek women, and not a few men. But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Beroea also, they came there likewise, agitating the multitudes. Then the brothers immediately sent out Paul to go as far as to the sea, and Silas and Timothy still stayed there. But those who escorted Paul brought him as far as Athens. Receiving a commandment to Silas and Timothy that they should come to him very quickly, they departed.

I believe that this passage answers a problem that we have right now in the Christian world. In this passage, the Messiah had taken a long time to come to Israel, and when He finally came, most Jews were unprepared. This was not the case for the Beroeans and it was marked by their “readiness of the mind.” These Jews were willing to actually consider what was said against what was written in Scripture which made them truly noble people who believed that God’s word could not be broken!

I stress this because, once again, the Messiah has been long in coming. It is clearly a danger for the Church to not have “readiness of the mind.” We too must keep our eyes on the Bible and examine “the Scriptures daily to see” what is true and what is not about the world around us. We don’t want to be deceived into thinking that we are doing what Jesus expects only to find out that we wasted our time. We should stay away from those who trust in their own ideas and who refuse to consult what God says first.