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Once again, archaeologists digging in Israel discovered artifacts buried for about three millennia. These archaeologists excavating at Tel Abel Beth Maacah, found a room dating back to the ninth century before Christ “that contained broken jars.” During the reign of King Ahab, Abel Beth Maacah was where the kingdoms of Israel, Aram and Phoenicia met. The city is mentioned in 2 Samuel 20 as a “city that is a mother in Israel” and part of “the Lord’s inheritance.”
Some of the jars that were found contained residues that suggested that the room was “an ancient wine cellar.” One of the jars had an inscription which was so faint that it required special equipment to see it. The inscription read “lbnayo,” which means “belongs to Benjamin.” As Biblical Archaeology Review put it, this finding suggests “that Abel Beth Maacah was an Israelite city at the time when Ahab was the Israelite King.”
Obviously, it’s important to be cautious and not over-interpret the data here. The field of biblical archaeology and archaeology in general, is a human endeavor subject to human failings like most other areas of study. Sloppiness, bias, fraud, or simple good-faith errors can lead to flawed interpretation of findings. But unfortunately, what has long passed for caution in archaeology is what would be better identified as a “hermeneutics of suspicion.” In other words, there is often a taken-for-granted assumption by critics, that the Bible cannot be trusted. Because it deals with religion and morality, it must be exaggerating, if not outright lying on its historical claims.
On the other hand, it’s more than a little disturbing that the Bible’s contemporaries always seem to get the benefit of the doubt, especially if their claims contradict the Bible. A classic case is the Exodus. Since no mention of the Exodus exists in Egyptian documents of the same period, many scholars assume that the biblical account did not happen. Though the kind of caution that accompanies findings like the one at Tel Abel Beth Maacah is prudent, such caution is seldom about the quality of the evidence behind the historicity of biblical accounts. Rather, it is more often about a predisposition to treat the Bible like any other religious text. But the Bible has proved itself to be unlike any other book, religious or otherwise.
Because the Bible actually tells the story of God’s presence and actions in the affairs of man in human history, it uncovers and presents the
historical details in ways other religious texts just don’t. This is why we, as God’s people, should always be excited when these historical details are discovered and validated. Let us pray for those who do not know God that these facts will serve to convince them of His existence and His interest in them as human beings. Amen!
SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK
- TODAY’S ACTIVITIES
- The King’s Daughters Ministry Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
- The Kingdom Men’s Ministry Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
- LUNCH HOUR HOTLINE/BIBLICAL DYNAMICS
- Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Lunch Hour Hotline
- 5:30 p.m. – Biblical Dynamics – The Book of Revelation
- PRAISE & ADORATION PRACTICE
- Friday, 6:00 p.m.
- YOUTH MINISTRY MEETING
- Friday, 7:00 p.m.
- HOUR-OF-POWER PRAYER SESSION
- Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
- NEXT SUNDAY
- Worship & Ministry, 9:00 a.m.
- Intercessory Meeting, 5:00 p.m.
SEED FAITH Sunday March 1st., 2020
THE YEAR OF GOD’S GLORY
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FEA Senior Women’s ministry
Is having a Movie Night
On Friday, February 28, 2020
6:00 p.m. Until
At Frenchtown Evangelistic Assembly
Movie is Free
Refreshments will be on Sale!
Scheduled for February 21,
Has been rescheduled for
Friday March 13, 2020
The God Movement
Is having their 2nd Annual
Jesus Party Boat Ride
On Friday April 10th, 2020
To Purchase tickets Contact
Aquila Jackson @ 1- 340-998-0613
See flyer for more information
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THE YEAR OF GOD’S GLORY