The Scriptures figure prominently in our passage today. Paul preached from them, and the Bereans searched them to make sure that what he was saying was true! Paul explained from them that Jesus had to suffer and then rise from the dead (17:3). What passages could he have used?
Psalm 16:10 “You will not abandon me to Sheol; you will not allow your faithful follower to see the Pit.”
Psalm 22:16-21 “Yes, wild dogs surround me— a gang of evil men crowd around me; like a lion they pin my hands and feet. I can count all my bones; my enemies are gloating over me in triumph. They are dividing up my clothes among themselves; they are rolling dice for my garments. But you, O Lord, do not remain far away! You are my source of strength! Hurry and help me Deliver me from the sword! Save my life from the claws of the wild dogs! Rescue me from the mouth of the lion and from the horns of the wild oxen! You have answered me!”
Psalm 68:18 “You ascend on high;you have taken many captives. You receive tribute from men, including even sinful rebels. Indeed the Lord God lives there.”
Hosea 6:2 (NKJV) “After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight.”
Isaiah 53:10 “Though the Lord desired to crush him and make him ill, once restitution is made, he will see descendants and enjoy long life, and the Lord’s purpose will be accomplished through him.”
The Scriptures are of utmost importance for Christian living, and we need to be willing to search them ourselves!
2 Timothy 3:16–17 “Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.”