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History – some facts of….

I saw two stories in the 10/29/17 San Diego Union-Tribune.  Each had a relationship with history.  Each related to unknown aspects of the culture involved.  And each made no real difference in the accumulated knowledge of the culture.  For example, the study of witchcraft, which has historically focused on Salem, Massachusetts, had a much earlier existence in the Connecticut Colony.  The first execution of a witch occurred in Connecticut in 1647.  In 1662 eleven people paid the ultimate price.  The figures are useful for adding information most didn’t know.  But it doesn’t change history.

Jewish documents hidden in Lithuania from the Nazis during WWII have recently arrived in New York.  They will be on display as example of Jewish religious and secular writers before and during WWII.  Some critics strangely consider the trove the most important to Israel since the Dead Sea Scrolls.

However the writings reveal Jewish life before WWII, as it had before WWI, after WWII up to the present time, it may add information but not break new historical ground.

Much new material has the same minimal impact:  more of the same already known under different authors and times.

The life of Jesus Christ is different.  Any new information surfaced in archaeology, linguistics, psychiatry, chemistry, etc., will add more luster to his brilliant life.  And new facts will reinforce the integrity of the Four Gospels and New Testament epistles.

However, the value of the life of Christ is seen in one fact:  all the new information uncovered by us comes from the SAME BOOK, the 27 volumes in the New Testament.  To say nothing of the better understanding of Figures of Jesus in the Old.  Satan lies with a bald-faced lie that second and third century writings tell more truth about Jesus than the Four Gospels.  He knows that the Biblical illiteracy in America convinces the uninformed.  Those fortunate enough to be continuing students of the Gospels know belter.  From each text of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John the Holy Spirit continues to surface deeper truths and more illuminating insights.  But from the only books that record the truth about Jesus.  And they will never fail to further enrich students of Jesus.  Not that those truths haven’t been there since written, but that Christians gradually, by deepening their faith in Jesus, SEE what was there all the time.  And so shall it be until Jesus Returns and opens himself to in-depth learning—which will take eternity to completely uncover.

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History – not always saleable

A letter Einstein wrote to his sons in 1945 explaining the nexus between his theories and the atomic bomb sold for $420,000 by Calabasas-based Profiles in History.  An 1845 first edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven and Other Poems” sold for $221,000, and a “single leaf” from the first edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales sold for $6,875.  Still, six letters from novelist Harper Lee didn’t sell at a Christie’s auction.  Written between 1956 and 1961, they were considered a certainty at $150,000 and $250,000.  Nevertheless, bidding started at $80,000 and ceased at $90,000.  San Diego Union-Tribune, 6/13/15

God’s Holy Bible is incredibly valuable as an ancient manuscript.  Imagine what a single original tablet of God’s WORDS to Moses in Exodus 20 would bring!  Or an original chapter of Christ’s words in Matthew 5, or Paul’s words in I Corinthians 13.

As collector’s items.  As literary creations.  As attractions in a museum or university library.  How many would make pilgrimages just to gaze at them?  See the lines of people passing through to see the Dead Sea Scrolls as an example.  Or the many who pay to see replicas of King Tut’s tomb.

However, most of those who would spend colossal sums to own original Bible tablets or manuscripts as history—sacred history at that—have no interest in reading the message they contain.  And if few are interested in reading the Bible, fewer still are interested in trying to follow its teachings.  And ever so few zealously pursue discipleship to serve Jesus.

The real treasure of God’s word is its message.  From the GOD who Is. Who sent his only begotten Son as “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being….”  Hebrews 1:3.  That had never happened before.  It would never happen again.  It didn’t need repetition.  For Jesus perfectly fulfilled all that Law demanded and Grace expected.

Read God’s message.  Therein is the full, limitless, endless treasure no one can exhaust in this world.  Which will open all of God’s glory in the next.  Which will take eternity to explore.