Have you ever wondered if thousands of years from now, anyone will know your name? Will our cutting edge digital technology be as out of date as clay tablets? I mean, you don’t see cassette tape players anymore. Will all the cloud storage and other technologies be just shattered remnants of a forgotten time?
It is interesting to look back at the ancient civilizations and try to understand them. Archaeologists dig and sift through the remains of the past. Because of their efforts we now know the name of an ancient official probably involved in managing the Temple’s treasury in Jerusalem at the time of Jeremiah the prophet. His name was Hisilyahu, son of Immer. His name was found on a seal that was used to close a bag of coins near the location believed to be the temple treasury. He could have been the brother of Pashhur, son of Immer who is mentioned in the bible.*
Jeremiah 20:1-2 says, “When the priest Pashhur son of Immer, the chief officer in the temple of the LORD, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things, he had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put in the stocks at the Upper Gate of Benjamin at the LORD’S temple.” (NIV)
The thing to note here is we have archaeological evidence for a man whose father was Immer at the time of Jeremiah. I know, a name is such a small fact. But once again we get external evidence that the bible is historically accurate.
*Rossella Tercatin, “Biblical name seals shed light on First Temple treasuries,” The Jerusalem Post, January 6, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-691768.
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