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Reasons to Believe – Fri – 22-03-25



Listen to 2 Samuel 5:6-7, ‘The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, “You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.” They thought, “David cannot get in here.” Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion, the City of David.’ (NIV)

These verses summarize David’s conquest of Jerusalem. In fact, in the next verse, we’re told David told his men to use the water shaft to enter the city. A parallel passage in 1 Chronicles says Joab led the way, earning his rank as commander of David’s army.

What really happened here? The Jebusites lived in a walled city. To access water, they created a tunnel system connecting to the Gihon spring from inside the city walls. The tunnels and passages were dug through the rock. They also connected to a natural vertical shaft. Joab led the assault by entering the city through the spring. The soldiers may have climbed the vertical shaft or ascended through the tunnels. They probably then killed the guards at the gate and let the rest of the army into the city.

In the 1860s, an archaeological effort led by Charles Warren found the water shaft mentioned here. You can visit it today. It is one of the many tourist spots in Jerusalem.* The existence of the water shaft is another confirmation of the bible that archaeology has provided.


*”Warren’s Shaft,” Go Jerusalem, http://www.gojerusalem.com/items/137/Warrens-Shaft/

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Reasons to Believe – Wed – 22-03-23



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 Will our cutting edge digital technology be as out of date as clay tablets?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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Reasons to Believe – Sun – 22-03-20



Have you heard the term cultural appropriation? It refers to one culture adopting items from another culture. Today, the “woke” culture in western societies thinks it is a bad thing. But this has happened throughout history. Words, food, music and other things have been adopted by one culture from another. Take Arabic numerals, for instance, or Italian and Mexican food. Also, many words in the English language are derived from words in other languages.

Did you know that the bible also has evidence the ancient Hebrews adopted Egyptian sayings? Exodus 6:1 says, ‘Then the LORD said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.”’ (NIV)

The expressions “might hand” and “outstretched arm” are used many times in the account of the Exodus. They are Egyptian expressions from the same time period. Listen to what Prof. Joshua Berman from Bar-Ilan University’s Zalman Shamir Bible Department says about the expression, “When we look at inscriptions from the period of the New Kingdom, between 1500 and 1200 BCE, roughly the period of the enslavement, these expressions are routinely used to describe Pharaohs and their victories in battle, for instance, ‘Pharaoh defeated the Lybians with a mighty hand.’”*

So, archeology shows the Hebrews used Egyptian phrases from the time period. Here again is evidence showing the Hebrews were enslaved in Egypt.


*Rossella Tercatin, “Did the Exodus happen? Israeli scholar tours Egypt to show it did,” The Jerusalem Post, January 18, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-693872.

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Believe: Archeology – Fri – 21-11-05



Archeology is an interesting science. People carefully dig through old ruins to find artifacts. Did you know that since 1846 archeology has repeatedly validated the historical accuracy of the Bible?

Recently, Nature Scientific Reports published information confirming the existence and destruction of ancient Sodom. Researchers used the biblical description of Sodom’s location to discover ruins at Tall el-Hammam. As they excavated, they found a five-foot layer of soot with random bits of melted bricks and burned human bones. Also, the pottery bits had a glaze similar to the sand melted by the atomic tests in the New Mexico desert in 1945.

Researchers calculate an explosion causing this destruction produced temperatures of at least 3,500 degrees and a wind of 700 miles per hour. It vaporized the city and all in it. “The Nature article concludes explicitly that what happened in 1700 BC bears inescapable parallels to what the Bible says about Sodom.”*

Here’s what Genesis 19:24-25 says, “Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah–from the LORD out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities–and also the vegetation in the land.”

Archeology again validates the historical accuracy of the Bible! You can trust what it says!


*Eric Metaxas, “Is Archaeology Proving the Bible?” Newsweek, October 4, 2021, https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/is-archaeology-proving-the-bible-opinion/ar-AAP7j9p.

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Believe: Archaeology – Mon – 21-05-31



Have you watched an old western? You know, a film with cowboys and gun fights. Remember how you can always tell who the hero is because he wears a white hat. The villains wear black hats.

When we look at the stories in the Bible, we don’t have the color of hats to sort out the bad guys. But we look at their actions, and it becomes obvious. One of the villains was a man named Herod the Great. According to the Bible, he slaughtered all the male babies two years old or younger around Bethlehem following the birth of Jesus.

But is the Bible true? Did Herod live and was he king at the time of Jesus’ birth? Archaeology provides evidence that Herod is a historical figure. He was a great builder. He expanded the temple in Jerusalem and built a port and palace on the Mediterranean at Caesarea. One of his palaces, and his tomb has been discovered near Bethlehem. He also created a fortress called Masada in the desert on top of a mountain plateau. There an inscription has been found bearing the king’s name and his full title. It was found on the remains of a 20-gallon wine jug. It reads, “Herod, King of Judea.”*

Not every detail in the Bible has been confirmed by archaeology, but a vast number have been confirmed and discoveries are on-going. You can trust the Bible!


*Sebastian Kettley, “Archaeology news: 2,000-year-old inscription proves evil King Herod ‘was real’ – claim,” Daily Express, April 26, 2021, https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/archaeology-news-2000-year-old-inscription-proves-evil-king-herod-was-real-claim/ar-BB1g3gXx.

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Believe: Archaeology – Sun 21-02-28



This week we will highlight evidence to believe in God and the Bible. Up first is an article published February 3rd on Express.co.uk. In it, Sebastian Kettley reports on archeological discoveries that identify the possible site of the ancient Israelite tabernacle at Shiloh, north of Jerusalem. The tabernacle, also called the tent of meeting,  was a tent surrounded by a curtained courtyard. It served as the center of worship for the ancient Israelites before the temple was built in Jerusalem. It is mentioned in several books of the Bible, including Exodus and Joshua. Joshua 18:1 mentions that the tabernacle was set up at Shiloh. This occurred approximately 1400 B.C.

What was found? Archeologists discovered cavities chipped into a flat rocky area. These cavities appear to align with the description of how wooden posts were placed to form the Tabernacle fence. Earlier excavations in the area also found large amounts of animal bones from the right side of the animals. This corresponds to the priests’ portion of sacrifices at the Tabernacle.

Once again, archeology provides validation for the historical events recorded in the Bible — events that happened over 3,000 years ago. This reassures me about the accuracy of the Bible. I hope it reassures you as well.


Sebastian Kettley, “Archaeology clues lead to site of Israel’s Tabernacle ‘where God dwelt among people’”, Daily Express, Wednesday, February 3, 2021, https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1391324/archaeology-news-israel-tabernacle-location-shiloh-evg

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