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of Caesarea/Tiberieum/Pontius Pilate/  is to take up the Word of God and agree
        Prefect of Judea,” are now on display in   with the words of Paul to a young believer,
        the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Similar   “From a child thou hast known the holy
        discoveries have confirmed biblical loca-  Scriptures, which are able to make thee
        tions and prophecies concerning places   wise unto salvation through faith which
        such as Ur, Tyre, and Nazareth, and bibli-  is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by
        cal characters such as Sennacherib, Cyrus,   inspiration of God, and is profitable for
        and Sargon. It is amazing to consider how   doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for in-
        quickly the names of earthly greats are lost   struction in righteousness: that the man of
        in the sands of time, and, in contrast for the   God may be perfect, throughly furnished
        believer, it is wonderful to consider our or-  unto all good works” (2Tim 3:15-17, KJV).
        dinary names recorded for eternity, never   The word of the Lord to Josiah is most
        to be forgotten in the annals of Heaven.  encouraging, “Thus saith the Lord God of
            “I am the greatest, I said that even be-  Israel, as touching the words which thou
        fore I knew I was,” rang the prideful words   hast heard; because thine heart was tender,
        of the boxer Muhammad Ali. It is ironic   and thou hast humbled thyself before the
        then to consider that one of the greatest   Lord, when thou heardest what I spake
        archeological finds was made by Moham-  against this place, and against the inhab-
        mad Ali. This Ali, however, did not smash   itants thereof, that they should become
        a jaw, but rather a jar. Mohammad Ali was   a desolation and a curse, and hast rent
        an Egyptian farmer, 300 miles south of   thy clothes, and wept before Me; I also
        Cairo, who, in 1945, smashed a jar he had   have heard thee, saith the Lord” (2Kings
        unearthed in hopes of finding an ancient   22:18-19, KJV). In reviewing some of the
        coin. Instead of sparkling gold, twelve   archeological findings of history, we have
        leather  bound  codices (ancient  books)
        tumbled out onto the Egyptian soil. In later   considered how these discoveries give
        years, when the sparkling light of their   confirmation to our faith. Yet, in reading
        significance was discovered, they came to   the biblical history of Josiah, we consider
        be known as the “Nag Hammadi Collec-  how the discovery of truth from the Word
        tion” of codices. To the believer, though we   of God changed a man and changed his-
        may be thrilled at the idea of unearthing an   tory.  So, while you and I may never dig
        ancient sculpture or coin, it is these literary   for discovery in the lands of the Bible,
        discoveries which provide great value in   we are encouraged, in every land, to dig
        confirming our faith in the Word of God   deeply into the Bible, in order to discover,
        and silencing its critics. The major literary   and preserve truth which is unchanging.
        finds associated with New Testament and   Paul instructed Timothy to “study to shew
        early Church history studies include the   thyself approved unto God, a workman
        Dead Sea Scrolls, Codex Sinaiticus, the   that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly
        fore-mentioned Nag Hammadi Codices,   dividing the word of truth” (2Tim 2:15,
        and the Bar Cochba Letters. Though their   KJV). If, like Josiah, we hear the Word of
        discoveries were often accidental, and their   God, we hold to its truth, are humbled
        original owners, in some cases, are un-  by its standard, and allow it to reach our
        known, they have contributed to our great   hearts, how might it affect the history of
        confidence in the unity and completeness   our lives, the history of our families, and
        of the Holy Scriptures. What a blessing it   the history of our assemblies!

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