Pastor's Corner: The Bible is trustworthy
Ever since I was little I have been told that the Bible is God's word. We had a large white Bible in our living room. I remember looking at all the pictures and can still remember the colorful and powerful picture of Samson with his arms pushing the pillars apart (Judges 13-16). Over the last century and a half the Bible has come under attack by various scholars. They tried to find the "historical" Jesus and ended up finding neither Jesus nor history. They debunked Old Testament history as well. What they postulated was that the Bible is unreliable and that much of the Bible is not accurate, neither in persons nor time lines.
Modern biblical archaeology is changing all of this. Today I give you an example. In the book of Jeremiah, chapter 38 we read about two of the prophet Jeremiah's arch enemies, Jehucal, son of Shelimiah, and Gedalaih, son of Pashur. These two princes of Judah did not want to surrender to the invading King. We read, "Shephatiah son of Mattan, Gedaliah son of Pashhur, Jehukal[a] son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur son of Malkijah heard what Jeremiah was telling all the people when he said, 2 "This is what the LORD says: 'Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague, but whoever goes over to the Babylonians[b] will live. They will escape with their lives; they will live.' 3 And this is what the LORD says: 'This city will certainly be given into the hands of the army of the king of Babylon, who will capture it.'"
Modern scholars would be surprised to learn that this account is true. This account was about REAL people. If you go over to Edmond, Okla. before Oct. 16 you can see two real pieces of evidence that these men existed. On display are two "bullae" (clay seals) from these two princes (Gedaliah and Jehukal). For in 2005 and 2008 the famous archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar was digging near the north part of the City of David when she found these two clay seals belonging to these two arch-enemies of Jeremiah. They read, respectively, "Belonging to Yehucal, son of Shelimiyahu, son of Shovi," and "belonging to Gedaliah, son of Pashur." Thus we have actual extra-biblical proof that the book of Jeremiah was accurate and contained real people.
Countless other examples of Biblical accuracy are being found every day, like the newly found Hieroglyphic of "Israel" that places the nation of Israel 200 years earlier than previous thought by the scholars, and now in line with the Biblical record.
Please go to www.biblicalarchaeology.org for more information on these stories and others if you are interested.