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Eager-beaver Bereans | Acts 17:10-15

10 The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, [k]and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 Now these people were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, [l]for they received the word with [m]great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. 12 Therefore, many of them believed, [n]along with a significant number of prominent Greek women and men.

13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica found out that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Berea also, they came there as well, agitating and stirring up the crowds. 14 Then immediately the brothers sent Paul out to go as far as the sea; and Silas and Timothy remained there. 15 Now those who escorted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they left.

Acts 17:10-15 (NASB) 中文


Paul and Silas are on the second missionary journey. After visiting a few of the churches from the first journey, God directed them to new territory in Macedonia, modern-day Europe. God blessed their work with converts – including a jailer who guarded them (and his household) when Paul and Silas were thrown in prison. In Thessalonica the replay button is pressed and they’re kicked out of town.

Replay – exception

They head to Berea and again hit the replay button. They immediately head to the Jewish synagogue and preach. For Paul and his team, it’s the same play. But for the people at the synagogue, it’s different. And Luke makes a point about it.

Eager-beaver Bereans

As those in the synagogue hear what Paul is teaching, they don’t just accept it at face value (as the Thessolonians did). They eagerly study the OT to make sure what Paul is teaching matches God’s Word. And as they do, they believe – some Jews believe but even more Greek converts to Judaism. 

Verse 12 starts with “therefore”. What’s the “therefore” there for? To emphasize that these Bereans diligently studied the Word as the standard to understand this new teaching of Paul about the Messiah being Jesus Christ and salvation through Him alone. As a result, we can assume that their faith was stronger and deeper since it was based on God’s Word – which they already believed. I’m sure he talked about the prophecies and the sacrificial laws and how Christ fulfilled both.

Remember roots

Then the meddling jealous Jews in Thessalonica make the trip (about 50Km) over to Berea to stop Paul and his team from their gospel work. I’d be pretty frustrated if I were Paul and be tempted to “take them on”. Ever wonder why doesn’t Paul respond with anger? He remembers his roots. Paul knows he was exactly like this in his BC (Before Christ) days. He was the one chasing down believers, arresting and prosecuting them (Acts 8:3). So this knowledge gives him patience and likely even love for them.


  • Would you say you’re more like a Thessolanican or a Berean in your learning the Word? I encourage you to pattern after the Bereans. We don’t want to be “critical” and reject everything. But we do need to be discerning about what we are being taught – even from our pastor. If you find an error or discrepancy, pray, and gently address it with the teacher/preacher. And listen.
  • Are you able to give extra grace to people you can understand based on your history? It’s a wonderful gift. It also works with comfort in trials. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 that we are to comfort others with the comfort we likewise have received from God.
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