Beams Survive from 70 AD

In recent excavations in Israel several beams made of cedar and cypress, dating back as far as 70 AD, have been found. Both woods are known for their high quality, great durability and resistance to rotting. These wooden beams could last more than two millennia. Imagine, God planned for Solomon and any other builders of the Temple to use this time resistant wood in its construction.

 

On a trip to Israel we were have seen the “Jesus boat” ,  dated from the first century and recovered from the Sea of Galilee, which was built from reused timbers made of  cedar from Lebanon. 

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This boat was found in the Sea of Galilee in Northern Israel in 1983. It is believed to date back to the 1st century AD.

Archaeologists have discovered the cedar and cypress beams from the Temple Mount used again at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and two other buildings on the Temple Mount.

 

They have survived during the earthquakes of 1927, and 1937 although through severe damage they were able to be used again.

 

Jeremiah 17:7,8  Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.

8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

 

Jeremiah gives us a wonderful illustration of the Believer today. Imagine each Believer today like a Cyprus or a Cedar of Lebanon, and its longevity, withstanding earthquakes and still being usable for His purpose.

 

The Believer is a “living epistle” so the world can see and read.

This “Living Epistle” holding forth the Word of God, standing year after year, through all kinds of storms.

 

God intended His Believers to be strong, being ready for His use, whether put aside for a time, then renewed, restored ready to be used again.

 

Let us Believers have the endurance, high quality, durability as we carry the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

 

 Matt 24:13-14

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

 

 

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The Declaration of Independence

Two hundred and thirty-six years ago Thomas Jefferson penned the words that marked the beginning of the United States of America. The Declaration of Independence was later adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 marking the day that we now celebrate as Independence Day.

It was a historical event for it announced to Great Britain that the thirteen American colonies would no longer adhere to the rules and control of the British Empire. A daring move, many believed that the fledgling United States would survive for more than a few years, and yet here we are 236 years later.

John Locke, a theologian of that era stated that the basis of this historical document originates from two sources; the first one “The Two Treatise” which John Lock wrote himself and the Bible.

It is said the Declaration of Independence has several links to the Bible:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident“(John 8:32)

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

 

“…that all men are created equal…” (Romans 1:20-21; Galatians 3:28)

“From since the creation of the world His invisible, attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. Because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:20-21).

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.(Gal 3:28)

 

“…that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable” Rights… (Romans 8:35-39)   Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

 

As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)

 

“…that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Luke 4:16-21)  And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

 

And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

 (Luke 4:16-21)

 

The lines from The Declaration of Independence illustrate that God’s Word was used in the establishing of America, there is evidence that the Founding Fathers intended to leave a legacy for generations to come.

As you celebrate this July 4th let it not only be in fireworks, food, and parties but stretch your thoughts to the purpose of the Declaration of Independence; freedom for all to worship, think, enjoy, and for the greatest country in the world.

Thank you Founding Fathers for the legacy you have given us in your dedication to God and to founding a country where all men are treated equally and have freedom to worship. Thank you to the men and women who defend that right.