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Thursday Q: Acts 18:1-23

Why were the Berean Jews called more noble than the Thessolonian Jews?

Just like Tuesdays moving forward will be a day where we post contributions from various people at Agapé Chicago, so Thursdays will be reserved for answering questions people have about sermons at Agapé Chicago. As a church we are currently reading the book Acts from the New Testament of the Bible.

 

Question: Why were the Berean Jews called more noble than the Thessolonian Jews (Acts 17:11)? The text in question actually tells us a great deal about why they were "more noble": Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

Christianity began as a Jewish movement, for the early Christian leaders and Jesus Himself were Jewish. The early Christians proclaimed in the cities they visited that Jesus fulfills the hope of Jewish scriptures by dying and rising from the dead, thus defeating death according to scripture. This message also included the idea that if one understood the Hebrew scriptures and what Jesus had accomplished, Jesus would need to be the focus of worship as God's true King, Savior, Temple, and Image-bearer. This was quite the claim.

 

The Bereans took the claims about Jesus more seriously, but they also took their own claims more seriously. Both the Thessalonian Jews and Berean Jews believed their scriptures were authorative for life and understanding God. Yet only the Bereans' actions matched their confession. They searched the scriptures to investigate whether the claims of the early Christian Jews were true. Thus they were more noble because their actions reflected their beliefs.