There was a great breakthrough this week in the field of archeology. A piece of clay inscribed with the 2,700-year-old seal of King Hezekiah was found in Jerusalem. As reported on Friday by Ari Soffer, of Israel National News:
“Archaeologists digging just south of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount have made a historic discovery, unearthing the first-ever seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king ever exposed in situ in a scientific archaeological excavation.
The discovery, made by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of
Archaeology under the direction of Dr. Eilat Mazar during Ophel excavations at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount, is an impression of the royal seal of the Biblical King Hezekiah, who reigned between 727–698 BCE.
Measuring 9.7 X 8.6 mm, the oval impression was imprinted on a 3 mm thick soft bulla (piece of inscribed clay) measuring 13 X 12 mm. Around the impression is the depression left by the frame of the ring in which the seal was set.
The impression bears an inscription in ancient Hebrew script reading: “לחזקיהו [בן] אחז מלך יהדה”//“Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz king of Judah.”
As Christians, we are people of faith. It does and always will require a dimension faith to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Without faith it is impossible to even please God. We have faith in a God we can’t readily see with the senses of this physical world. We have faith that His Holy Spirit comes and lives inside of us. We have faith that His Word is true, that He is the creator of all things, and that He is coming back to this earth one day.
We have faith, but it’s not blind faith. It’s not a faith that is without any basis in fact. It’s a faith based on reason and evidence. God created us with the ability to think, reason and seek out truth. There is nothing wrong with seeking out facts and evidence to support the claims of the scripture and of Christianity as a whole. That’s why Jesus left us with many “Infallible Proofs” of His resurrection! (Acts 1:1-3)
We have faith, but it’s not blind faith.
We are never discouraged in the scripture from using our minds to evaluate historical, archeological and other facts that confirm our faith and even provide us with a defense and the ability to “give an answer to those who ask us concerning our faith.” (1 Peter 3:15)
As believers, our faith in God’s Word is not contingent upon discoveries in Archeology, but it is definitely an encrouagment to hear of a discovery like the one in Jerusalem this week. Skeptics over the centuries have often claimed the Bible is a hoax and that it’s characters never even existed. Countless discoveries in Archeology such as the one this week in Jerusalem solidify our faith and provide evidence of the Bible’s accuracy.
Check out the following video about this fascinating discovery:
Video: Copyright Eilat Mazar and Herbert W. Armstrong College