Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Major archaeological find at the Sea of Galilee

Arutz Sheva (Israel National News) reports a major find at the sea of Galilee. The archaeologist does a good job explaining why it's such an unusual and exciting find.



Breitbart reports:
Evidence has been uncovered corroborating the site of one of Jesus’ most powerful and dramatic miracles: the casting out of demons into a herd of swine in the land of the Gadarenes (or Gerasenes).

Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a 1,500-year-old marble slab with Hebrew inscriptions near Kursi, the spot traditionally associated with the miracle of Christ’s banishment of demons into a herd of swine.

Archaeologists believe the slab to be a commemoration tablet dating from around 500 AD. The inscription in Hebrew begins with the words “Remembered for good.”

And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 30Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. 31And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” 32And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters. 33The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.

MacArthur says the pigs took a "swine dive" lol.

Jesus really performed miracles. He authorized his Apostles to perform miracles also (for a period of time, then the miracles ceased). Jesus is Lord of the earth, of time, of physical matter. He really lived and He really did the miracles. This record of the demons being sent into the pigs is but one of them. The Bible records actual history, which archaeology confirms again and again.

This fact has implications for the pagan, the atheist, the doubter. Jesus lived and taught and did miracles to confirm His Lordship over the earth. If He really lived, and really taught and did miracles, then it's also true as the Bible states that He came to warn sinners to repent.

This is because He is also holy and is angry at sinners every day. He came to earth to bring peace to men, through reconciliation with God. One must recognize their sins are keeping them from peace with God, ask Jesus to forgive them, and turn from sin and pursue holy living according to the standards God has laid out. The swine begged to be sent into the pigs rather than the abyss, (Mark 5:12) a deep pit or jail from which they knew they would never be released and to which they are already destined (Mt 25:41).

How much more so is man to be punished for his sin and rebellion against God, as the demons are destined? Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand. The Bible is true, and every word Jesus said and His prophets said and His apostles said is true. Repent during the Age of Grace and know that promised peace and freedom from sin's bondage.

Breitbart

1 comment :

  1. The Bible records actual history, which archaeology confirms again and again.

    This is exciting to me because we are homeschooling our kids now (we haven't always) and we spend time in the Bible multiple times each day. Growing up, I really didn't view the Bible as history--but rather "stories" that Christians believed but not necessarily based on anything factual. Since God began to do a sanctifying work in me I want to know everything in his Word and it's amazing how much education takes place by simply reading the Bible with my children--history, obviously, beautiful writing, character, science...and why should I be surprised? It's from the Creator of everything and he tells us that within its pages he has given us what we need.

    Even more profound than archaeology proving Scripture to be true is what you said about if Jesus really lived and did miracles then it's also true that he came to warn sinners to repent. He wasn't only a miracle worker and healer and teacher but God Himself who brought a saving message.

    Thanks for giving me something to think about today.

    Melissa

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