Scripture is True
Perhaps you are familiar with the phrase, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” Such is the case with a recent archeological discovery from the city of Nablus, in debris that had been discarded from a previous archeological dig. It is of significance as it contains the earliest known mention of God’s name in proto-alphabetic Hebrew. It could push back the written record of the name Yahweh at least two centuries earlier than known before, perhaps as early as 1400 BC. Professor Gershon Galil of the University of Haifa said this type of discovery is made only once a millennium.
The inscription is so unique as it’s the first text to include both “El” and “Yahweh.” Critics of the Old Testament have questioned its historical accuracy due to the belief the lack of these terms together argue for an earlier date than what the events recorded claim. The inscription reads “Cursed, cursed, cursed—cursed by the God YHW. You will die cursed. Cursed you will surely die. Cursed by YHW—cursed, cursed, cursed.” It also records Joshua building an altar nearby (Josh. 8:30-35). Scott Stripling, director of the Archaeological Studies Institute, said, “Our discovery of a Late Bronze Age inscription stunned me.” A peer reviewed article of the find is to be released soon.
Archeology has helped in many instances confirm the historical reliability of the Biblical accounts, particularly those from the Old Testament. Nelson Glueck, considered the dean of archeologists in his time, once commented, “It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a Biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And, similarly, proper evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries.” In this particular instance, it dispels the claim that the use of El and Yahweh together had never been found, thus making the use of Yahweh in texts that had been previously discovered too early for the events described. Such claims were made to discredit the authenticity and antiquity of Old Testament texts. This tablet dismisses such charges, and could be the oldest Hebrew text discovered.
Certainly, Scripture itself offers authentication that it is the inspired word of God. The gospel of John records, “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:30-31). It states it is God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16), and Peter adds, “Above all, you know this: No prophecy of Scripture comes from the prophet’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (1 Pet. 1:20-21).
History is strewn with the misstatements and false claims offered by others against the Bible being the word of God. Repeatedly, internally in its pages, and externally as in archeological finds, we have its confirmation that it is true in its claims. It is God’s word, which reveals His creating the world and us, sending His Son to die for our sins, that we might have life forever in Him. Sin hardens hearts against this truth, as the devil seeks to thwart those who would believe it, obey it, and find life. If we open our hearts and minds to what it says, it does offer life abundantly (John 10:10), and the hope of heaven (Phil. 3:20-21). “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is the power of God to us who are being saved” (1 Cor. 1:18). Be confident in what the Bible says, and yield your lives to its message of promise and hope. It alone reveals the truth that sets us free.
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