EXAMINE THE SCRIPTURES
Acts 17:11 – 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.
It is very important to receive the word with eagerness and with a glad heart. More importantly we are called to examine the scriptures daily to see what we receive from teachers are as they mention. The Jews knew the scriptures, yet the Jews in Berea were sincere in their search of scripture.
Paul expounded Christ from the Old Testament i.e. from the books of Torah, the Psalms and the prophets. His intention was that the Jews understand that the “Messiah” they were looking and waiting for was Jesus. The Berean Jews believed in what Paul said concerning the Jesus.
John 5:39 – You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me.
Eternal Life is knowing Jesus Christ. Searching the scriptures must lead you to find Christ because the scriptures witness about Him. Searching the Scriptures goes hand-in-glove with hearing the message. You must search the scriptures as you are being fed by the Word to get rooted and grounded deeply.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Here are a few points which may help you,
- Pray and move.
- As you hear the Word and its explanation, write it down so you can refer to it while you pray and study. We may forget but books don’t.
- Ask the Lord to help you understand.
- Read a passage multiple times so that you get an outline of verses.
- Ask questions if you do not understand.
Remember that we learn and understand, primarily to put it into action and then teach.