Not much is said in the Word of God about Berea or the people who lived there. The people of Berea are only mentioned in one chapter of Scripture, Acts 17. This is all we know about the Bereans:
(1) They were considered noble people because…
(2) They received the Word preached to them by Paul and Silas with a ready mind. And…
(3) They searched the Scripture daily to see if the message Paul and Silas preached was true to the Word.
I really like what verse 12 of Acts 17 says happened as a result of the Bereans doing these three things; “therefore many of them believed.”
These Bereans were so hungry for Truth! And they knew that there was only ONE source to which they could turn. It wasn’t their opinion, it wasn’t (just) tradition, it wasn’t (just) the preacher. It was the Word of God!
They were considered noble because they received the Word with readiness of mind. This speaks of the presence of eager interest and the absence of prejudice. They had a sincere desire to be taught, and to know, the Truth. When they were taught, they went to the written Word to be sure what they had been taught was true.
It seems to me that the Bereans must have believed in absolute truths, and that these truths are knowable. A lot of today’s “Christians” would do well to spend some time with the Bereans!
Notice what happens when people get hungry for Truth and search the Scriptures…“Many Believed.”
I want to be a Berean.