You’ve heard of the noble Proverbs 31 woman.
You’ve heard of the intrepid Titus 2:4-5 woman.
But those wonderful and inspiring (as well as inspired) passages have been so twisted and bent out of shape that they are almost unrecognizable.
No wonder you have to fill every women’s bible study with a new expert explaining to you how to do it.
I’m here to call for something radical – other than a repudiation of the word “radical”. Please quit using it. It’s silly.
OK – where were we? I have a wife. She is a mark of favor from the Lord. She’s my noble Berean! My Acts 17:11 woman!
I have four daughters who are like the daughters of Job.
But my wife and I haven’t taught them to be Proverbs 31 women or Titus 2:4-5 women, according to the current usage of those terms. They’ve never worn denim burkas. They’ve never been taught to leave the room when the men are talking. They were taught about the Trinity, the nature of Christ, the doctrine of salvation and election. And they were taught that they were women of dignity and worth and value as daughters of God. They’ve been taught to find and use their gifts and abilities and learn to serve God wherever he calls them.
What we really need are churches full of Acts 17:11 women. Berea had a bunch of them (Acts 17:12) and they were famous throughout the world.
No more shallow theology for women. No more women’s bibles and women’s devotionals. No more sending the men off to learn about theology proper and sending the women off to learn how to homestead.
Study the scriptures, to see if these things be so.
When you are a good Acts 17:11 woman, you will be a far better and more God-honoring Proverbs 31 woman and Titus 2:5 woman, because you won’t care a fig about what the next best-seller says, what your favorite author says or what the fifties misogynist culture says – your only goal is to search the scriptures to see if these things be so.
Does the Son actually eternally submit to the Father?
Are women lesser than men? Does the Bible actually teach that all divorce is wrong? Does the Bible actually teach that covenants by nature are unbreakable?
Does the Bible actually teach that submission to your husband means that you have to allow yourself to be abused and degraded without murmuring?
Does the Bible actually teach that Jesus has a special message for your for each day of the week?
So here is my challenge. Be an Acts 17:11 woman.
Be an Acts 17:11 man.
In fact, be an Acts 17:11 person whatever God has called you to!
Perhaps if we had more Acts 17:11 people in the world, “Jesus Calling” wouldn’t even be a thing! How great would that be!
For those who didn’t want to be bothered to have looked up Acts 17:11 – here it is:
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (Act 17:11 KJV)
(Did you notice the word “daily”…)