13th May 2014

May God Bless and Keep You  

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”
Proverbs 25:11 (NKJV)

Excavations in 1979-80 in several burial caves on an escarpment which overlooks the Hinnom Valley just opposite Mt.Zion, Jerusalem uncovered numerous artifacts including two amulets. Each amulet contained a rolled-up sheet of silver. These sheets were so fragile that special techniques had to be developed before the scrolls could be finally opened, 3yrs after their discovery, by conservators at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. When unrolled, scientists found written in these settings of silver, the words God gave to Aaron and his sons as a blessing to the children of Israel, recorded in the Book of Numbers. “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26) 

Initially there was some debate about the age of the writing, however, in 1994 high resolution images of the scrolls revealed features of the Hebrew lettering that had previously been undetectable. This new evidence was examined by a group of scholars who dated the amulets to around 600 BC. This placed the scrolls in a time period when Solomon’s temple was still extant and before the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians; therefore these scrolls pre-date the Dead Sea scrolls by several hundred years and are the earliest known quotations from scripture (including the name of God, YHWH) ever found. An article in Time magazine claimed that the discovery made it clear that parts of the Old Testament were being copied long before some skeptics had believed they were even written. Along with the Dead Sea scrolls and other material they provide evidence of the accuracy with which the sacred texts have been copied down through the centuries. 

In New Testament times we have seen the culmination of this blessing where the Lord has made his face to shine upon us and has been gracious to us and given us peace in and through Jesus Christ. Today Christians are able to give an even more profound blessing and prayer for one another and for the world at large as given below. 

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2Corinthians 13:14)


Study by Eddie Marsh


eddiemarshAbout the Author:
Eddie Marsh attends the Sheffield congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, Grace Communion, Sheffield.

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One Response to “13th May 2014”

  1. John Magowan on May 13th, 2014 10:02 am

    Hi Eddie, I enjoyed reading your article about these ancient Hebrew writings that were discovered on silver sheets quoting a blessing from Numbers chapter 6. What a testament to God’s faithfulness to the preservation of his written word. Thanks for the contribution.

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