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.

Acts 17:10-12 (NASB)

This post was originally posted on the 4th May 2020. I have editted it and made some changes for todays version.

I read the above text recently and it struck a note in my heart, which had me asking myself “How do I measure up to the Bereans?” Do I study God’s Word effectively, or can I do better?

The example of Bible study the Bereans set for us is a good approach to personal Bible study. “These [Bereans] were more noble [fair-minded] than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with eagerness [all readiness], examining [searching] the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” (Bold text in brackets mine).

The first description of the Berean Christians suggests that they were yielded to God in their approach to the His Word. They “received the Word.” As we approach our Bible study, we also need to be willing to receive and apply any and all biblical principles found in its pages.

Second, the Bereans were intentional in their approach to Bible study. They came to the Scriptures “with all readiness” looking for truth. They had an eager mind, a hungry spirit for His Truth. It was not a matter of reading a chapter to fulfill their Christian duty based on a daily reading plan, but rather having a real personal desire to seek and understand the truth of God.

In the third place, the Bereans approached Bible study with a word by word study of the Scriptures. They “searched” the Scriptures in their pursuit of truth. Theirs was not a superficial fast reading, but reading questioning the meaning of individual words. The Biblical use of the word “searched” means “to sift” as a baker sifts flour separating every particle. When you
study the Bible “word for word,” you are “sifting” every word of Scripture to try to understand what God is saying in it.
As we invest time researching the meaning of words and expressions used in Scripture, we gain insights missed by those who skim over passages in their reading of the Scriptures.

The fourth characteristic of the Bereans was their routine of “daily” Bible study. Each day these Christians had a fresh personal encounter with God through their study of the Scriptures. On a daily basis they were reminded of God’s merciful compassion toward His people. Just as Jesus instructed His disciples to pray for daily bread (Matt. 6:11), so we need to go daily to the Scriptures which is the Bread of Life to every believer.

The fifth characteristic of the Bereans was that they searched with purpose in the Bible. When the Bereans wanted to know anything specific they turned to the Scriptures. They studied “to find out whether these things were so.” They were concerned with the content of Scripture and the accuracy of it. They sought assurances from their Bible study.

Dear reader, we should follow the Bereans’ example in our own Bible study, we need to check out all Biblical teaching we receive in church, on social media and YouTube for ourselves. Sadly too many folk accept what they hear without confirming the validity within the Scriptures.

Dear Father God, thank You for Your living Word, the Bible. Please fill me with a love for reading and studying Your Word, that I might draw closer to You and be a better servant. Amen.


19 thoughts on “Devotion to His Word

  1. Wow, Alan, I really appreciate this.
    I like the reference to ‘sifting’.

    When I was learning to bake cakes with my mom, she stressed the importance of sifting the flour, to get an accurate measurement, and the best result. 🤗

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  2. Hello Alan, as a new blogger firstly thankyou for encouraging me by following my blog! I’m just discovering the wide community of Christian brothers and sisters who write here on WordPress and there’s so much rich content! These are great insights into approaching the scriptures as the Bereans did! I look forward to reading more of your writing!
    – Jo 🙂

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    1. Hi Jo, greetings sister in the precious name of our Saviour! I saw your comment on Bruce’s post earlier and knew I had to read your blog; brother Bruce is a good judge of character. I can see that your life experience enriches your writing by His Grace. Thank you for your encouragement. I pray that our Father God will continue to guide and bless you sister.

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  3. Thank you. We also need to be aware of societal changes in language Most know about dictionary definitions re gaiety etc. One important aspect in the study of GOD’S WORD is to go back to the original and find even in our lifetime how some things are watered down in our perspective because of language change, Take as one example the word COMFORT… we think more of ‘cuddle’ make things better. That’s where WHO GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT actually is can be watered down in modern thoughts. When the King James Bible went into print COMFORT meant a term of far, far, more. It meant that when a General Comforted His troops he Goaded them with the point of his sword. He forced them to be the Best FIGHTING Army they could be. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT is GOD – THE COMFORTER. Not just the good friend that is beside you but the God of the Universe inside you ever forming you to be the BEST you can be in His Image. Pentecost ever reminds us as we study the WORD. Jesus died to save our souls and sent GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT to remain on earth to comfort HIS Children to change the world. For some of us today to use our pens. Thank you BROTHER for your posts.

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