The Jews received Paul’s message with enthusiasm and met with him daily, examining the Scriptures to see if they supported what he said. Acts 17:11 (TM)
Reading about the Bereans brought back memories of sitting in class at Bible college. It was a small, conservative school and the professors were well educated. Most of the students sat in class and absorbed the professors lectures without question. While I found that most of my professors taught with integrity and accuracy, there was one that I considered to be a loose cannon.
The professor in question was held in high esteem among the students, faculty and community. He spoke with tremendous authority and would find a way to punish any who questioned him (you should have seen my grades). His lectures laced Biblical truth with his own pompous opinions about every subject and every person. I endured lectures about Jesus having short hair (men having short hair was a cornerstone of the college’s dress policy) and about Billy Graham’s salvation being questionable (he was an authority on who was and wasn’t going to heaven). These things weren’t scriptural, but he used a combination of obscure, out of context Bible references along with secondary material. No one questioned him.
One the reasons that it’s important to read God’s message is so you can discern when teachers are telling you the truth and when they are twisting things for their own ends. The Bereans weren’t content to accept Paul’s message without question, but they weren’t going to dismiss it, either. When Paul’s message was over they went back to double check and make sure his message was true.
Most people struggle to know the Bible. Reading a chapter each day is a great way to start. It only takes a few minutes each day and it’s amazing how quickly you make your way through. If you’re spending time each day reading the Bible, you’ll be more equipped to know when a teacher or preacher is speaking the truth and when they are twisting the scriptures for their own purposes.