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Archaeology Is Real. These People Were Here so What Exactly Does One Do With the Obvious Truth?
History and archaeology
We are nothing but mere humans and mere sinners. So very, very human. We are born into this humanness. We cannot help our sinful nature. We cannot help r sinful selves. We are sinners through and through. We are servants. His servants and we are blessed to be those servants. I have been and always will be a history guy. I love history and always have. It is so very important to know where indeed we came from. It is completely compelling and at times can be even somewhat overwhelming. Although it is overwhelming in a good way. History comes down to fact. It is not opinion. It is truth. The God honest truth. These people and events actually took place. So history and archaeology are so very compelling. Two items in archaeology that always stand out to me are the Tel Dan Inscription and the Pilate Stone. There are many, many others and of course the great prophesy of the Bible itself. History is something that has already occurred. It has already happened. It cannot be erased. It cannot be changed. It cannot be argued. It cannot be altered. These things occurred. They happened. These findings are unarguable examples that these people were real and that they were here. Right here. So what does one do with this history? What does one do with this truth? Does one really need a stone tablet to fall on our heads? ( Pun intended ). Sometimes I think the world does not get it because the world does not want to get it. Sort of like the Pharisees. They did not want to get it. Jesus was bad for business. He truly was. Maybe they actually did know who He was but did not want to conform to God Himself. Human nature is just that it is human before it is anything else. Knowing God requires humility and it requires us making ourselves secondary. They were not going to be bypassed because of a “Carpenter from Nazareth”. Their pride actually got in the way of their faith. There is nothing holy about being human. Absolutely nothing. God alone is holy we certainly are not. Let us examine some of this great history and archaeology that the world wants to ignore. It is vital to our very being and our very existence. It is vital to our eternal souls. The truth shall set you free.
The Tel Dan Inscription
The Tel Dan inscription is an archaeological find that illustrates the existence of King David, the House of David and the Line of David. There was such an Israeli King. This finding is of utmost importance when one is researching the historicity and lineage of both King David and that of Jesus Himself.
Taken from Bible History Daily.com:
Few modern Biblical archaeology discoveries have caused as much excitement as the Tel Dan inscription—writing on a ninth-century B.C. stone slab (or stela) that furnished the first historical evidence of King David from the Bible.
The Tel Dan inscription, or “House of David” inscription, was discovered in 1993 at the site of Tel Dan in northern Israel in an excavation directed by Israeli archaeologist Avraham Biran.
The broken and fragmentary inscription commemorates the victory of an Aramean king over his two southern neighbors: the “king of Israel” and the “king of the House of David.” In the carefully incised text written in neat Aramaic characters, the Aramean king boasts that he, under the divine guidance of the god Hadad, vanquished several thousand Israelite and Judahite horsemen and charioteers before personally dispatching both of his royal opponents. Unfortunately, the recovered fragments of the “House of David” inscription do not preserve the names of the specific kings involved in this brutal encounter, but most scholars believe the stela recounts a campaign of Hazael of Damascus in which he defeated both Jehoram of Israel and Ahaziah of Judah.
What made the Tel Dan inscription one of the most exciting Biblical archaeology discoveries for scholars and the broader public was its unprecedented reference to the “House of David.” The stela’s fragmented inscription, first read and translated by the renowned epigrapher Joseph Naveh, proved that King David from the Bible was a genuine historical figure and not simply the fantastic literary creation of later Biblical writers and editors. Perhaps more important, the stela, set up by one of ancient Israel’s fiercest enemies more than a century after David’s death, still recognized David as the founder of the kingdom of Judah.
The Pilate Stone
The Pilate stone, found in 1961, shows the existence of the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate and the stone he dedicated to the then emperor, Tiberius. Once again found archaeology that science both cannot deny and cannot repudiate. In fact, science does not even attempt to explain these findings. It does not attempt because it simply cannot. Pilate was an actual Roman procurator who served in Judea from 26 AD to 36 AD. You cannot get around the truth. Truth is truth.
After considering this great archaeology and history and hearing so many call our faith blind faith I am not sure there is anything blind about it. Not a single thing. Truth is truth and facts are facts. It is the obvious truth. History and archaeology illustrate where we have been, where we are currently and where we are going. They are not opinions they are indeed facts. Just curious but what does a non believer do with this archaeology, history and Bible prophesy? These events took place. It is all truth. The truth is evident. The truth shall set us free.
Here are some Bible verses on truth:
James 1:18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
John 8:31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Job 34:12 Of a truth, God will not do wickedly, and the Almighty will not pervert justice.
Psalm 25:5 Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
Psalm 43:3 Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!
Psalm 86:11 Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.
God bless always