TITLE: The Bible is From God – Archeology (3 of 4)
TEXT: Isaiah 20:1
Archeology is the study of human culture through recovery and analysis of artifacts and documents.
Can the things discovered in the earth prove the Bible is from God? YES!
Why are they still there?
In the earth – things don't deteriorate like they do on the surface
You can dig down in a landfill and find 40 year old newspapers – like new
Much of middle east area is very dry - .5 inch of rainfall per year
Sand and wind – quickly covers abandoned things
What do archaeologists find?
Documents – scrolls, parchments, writings on clay, stone, etc.
Cities – buried, destroyed, abandoned
Artifacts – dishes, pottery, coins, household items, tools
Dead Sea – Qumran
Occupied about 250 BC to 150 BC
Jews – dedicated to making copies of OT scriptures
Isaiah scroll most important find – more than 1,000 years older than any previously known manuscript of Isaiah
Dated by coins – Current Emperor's picture on coins
Also dated by the type of inks used
A German missionary discovered the stone in 1868.
It recorded an event from 850 BC
King Mosha, king of Moab – was in subjection to Israel
It names Omri as king of Israel
The account is recorded in 1 Kings 16:16
The Bible teaches that Belshazzar was king of Babylon – Daniel 5:22; 7:1; 8:1)
Critics said the Bible was not accurate here. The known records showed that Nabonidus was the last king of Babylon.
Is the Bible wrong here?
In 1876, Sir Henry Rawlinson discovered more than 2,000 tablets relating that Nabonidus, decided to travel and appointed his son, Belshazzar to be king.
They were co-regents for several years.
There are tablets known as the Nabonidus Chronicles recording these events.
Isaiah 20:1 – mentions Sargon, the king of Assyria
For centuries there was no record of Sargon or his empire
One day an archaeologist stubbed his toe on a rock.
The rock was cleared away – a cut stone
The rock was the top of a stairway
The stairway – lead to a room, another room, more rooms
Now fully excavated – A 72 room palace
Around the palace – a wall – around the wall – a moat
There were draw bridges across the moat
Sargon's name, exploits, battles – are written all over the walls
There is a description of how Sargon captured Samaria (the capital of Israel in the divided kingdom)
SARGON REALLY DID EXIST
There are many, many more examples that could be given
These examples will help you to have assurance that the Bible is from God
It could not be a product of man – because many of these points would have been missed
The Bible is accurate in detail – names and places
The information in the Bible is without error
THE BIBLE IS FROM GOD.