The Wednesday feature of the Worldly Saints blog is a Scriptural meditation whereby I take a verse or passage I have been pondering lately and seek to edify my readers with it’s promises, encouragements, warnings, rebukes, etc.
In Acts 17:10-11, we read this about the Bereans – “The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”
This little phrase in vs. 10 – “examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things are so” is the very definition of what it means to “be Berean.” It means to take what you have read or heard, compare it with what Scripture says, and then evaluate whether what you have read or heard is biblical. To be Berean is to be measure things biblically.
To be Berean is to take the authority, clarity, sufficiency and inspiration of Scripture and make it practical. To be Berean is to “do theology.”
Question – What are some things we can do to become better Bereans? Let me give you six ways to becoming a better Berean.
#1 – If someone says, all the Bible translations say ___________, but the real meaning is _____________, be cautious. Great scholars have put together great translations of the Bible. Who are we to think all of them missed the true meaning?
#2 – If someone says they have a new insight, be cautious. Again, how many commentators, scholars and theologians have interpreted Scriptures in the last 2,000 years? An innumerable amount. Who is to say those giants of Bible interpretation missed the true interpretation and we got it?
#3 – Expect mistakes. Fallen men trying to interpret a perfect book is going to result in bad interpretations. When they come, be gracious and kind. Help the one who spoke see their error, but do so out of love with the motivation to correct.
#4 – Have your Bible accessible when you are listening to a sermon. Look at the verses in their context when they are explained. If you think, “I will do that when I get home,” you will likely forget.
#5 – Don’t rush to applying the text. It will come. Application comes when interpretation has been accomplished. The imperatives will naturally follow the declaratives, but make sure you understand declaratives so you can follow the right imperatives.
#6 – Be a person of the Book. If you want to compare something with Scripture, you have to know Scripture. You can’t possibly determine something to be biblical or nor if you don’t know what the Bible says or where to find it.