HAVE YOU EVER watched a paleontologist on TV or online after a fossil discovery?
To say that he is careful is a gross understatement.
He gently bushes away the sand and clay.
He painstakingly excaves the soil from around the aged bones.
While he’s no doubt thrilled with his find, his excitement is tempered by a certain caution.
He knows that a reckless, hasty, or hurried approach could irreparably damage or destroy the fossil itself.
Those of us who are students of the Bible can take a lesson from the scientist who digs for dinosaur bones.
With the same meticulous care of a paleontologist, we too ought to chip away at the rubble of human opinion so as to uncover the truth of God’s Word.
While zeal and enthusiasm for the Scriptures is a commendable trait, our primary goal should be like that of the Bereans in Acts 17:
“These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and SEARCHED (Greek – anakrino, “to examine, to judge, to ask questions, to search, to discern) the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (v. 11 – emphasis mine, mb).