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Gaining Nobility


"Now the Bereans were of a more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true" (Acts 17:11).

Berea (now Veroia) was a Greek city about 45 miles west of Thessalonica. It is estimated that it's population in Paul's time may have been around 60,000. Paul and Silas had been teaching in Thessalonica for several weeks with mixed results when they were forced to flee the city. How long Paul remained in Berea is unknown, but today's verse lets us know that the level of receptivity there was epic. We just have to hear the word Berean and we know what is being alluded to. As far as I know, nowhere in the New Testament is this term nobility used when it comes to receiving the Word and searching the scriptures. These Bereans first of all received the message with great eagerness. We would hold them in high esteem if this was all that was said about them, but the rest of the verse is what makes them so special. They were considered to be of a more noble character. Why? Not just because they received the message with great eagerness, but something more. They wanted to make sure that what they were hearing was true...."and they examined the scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." What a splendid example that they set for all of us. The Psalmist conveys a similar tone in the very first Psalm he writes: "But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night." The Psalmist refers to this man as blessed. The Bible was not written to be a coffee table book. We can take a lesson from both the Psalmist and the Bereans. We can become more blessed and noble by spending more time in God's Word both in reading and meditation...

Have a wonderful day....Make a difference... Love mark Phil.4:11
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