HEARING AND KNOWING 1

Some Jews at Berea are often commended to new Believers for their example of their godly disposition. Some studies for new Believer are called "Berean".

The Jews referred to were members of the Jewish synagogue in Berea. They were deeply challenged by Paul's teaching because it went to the very heart of their Judaism. 

Using the Old Testament scriptures He was showing them that Jesus of Nazareth, who they knew had lived in Israel, was their Messiah, the One prophesied, the Anointed One.

As opposed to Jews in Thessalonica their disposition was remarkable:

"These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica

in that they received the word

with all readiness of mind,

and searched the scriptures daily,

whether these things were so,” Acts 17'11.

The point is, they did not reject Paul's teaching out of hand. Their attitude was to first receive it.

Then searched their Hebrew scriptures, which they would have known well. In the urgency of his crucial challenge they did searched daily.

Being fair-minded, having all readiness of mind and even receiving the word does not necessarily lessen the challenge that the word of Christ often brings.

Nevertheless the next verse says:

"Therefore many of them believed and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men".

Jesus said more than once: "If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear" (Mark 4:23). These Bereans were willing to "stand under" the word of Christ.

In addition to them there were Gentiles, men and woman, who witnessed it all and believed.