Museum of the Bible Encounter

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Mark 1:15  and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

My husband and I enjoyed an amazing trip to the Museum of the Bible in D.C. 

Imagine stepping back through Biblical History. The Museum comprises of 6 levels, housing ‘600 fascinating artifacts, including early New Testament manuscripts, ancient coins, Torah scrolls, illuminated manuscripts and rare printed Bibles’. (Museum of the Bible ‘Experience it!’ brochure)

My favorite was level 4. Exhibits showed the development of writing due to trade in the ancient world. Various stone writings of Israelites’ neighboring kings show the history recorded in the Bible from the enemy’s viewpoint. The Mesha Stele, Hammurabi Stele, Tel. Dan Stele and the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III are examples of these. The Nebuchadnezzar bricks, Barrel Cylinders covered with ancient Cuneiform text tell of Israel’s exile to Babylon. (2 Kings 24:15) The Cyrus Cylinder in Akkadian documents the release of the Jews in the time of Nehemiah. This supports the historical account in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah in the Bible.

Moving on through the early stages of the New Testament, I became overwhelmed viewing the hand copied gospel fragments and letters of the apostles by the early church. These manuscripts on papyrus would have been such a comfort during the persecution of the early church. Some of them even have notations and underlines like I do in the columns of my Bible! It really enhances my thankfulness for the abundant access we have to God’s word in it’s entirety in multiple translations.

The rapidly increasing spread of the Word grew from Hebrew and Greek into Latin, African languages, and European languages (Acts 1:8, Revelation 7:9-12). It’s interesting viewing many of these original early translations. Seeing the development of the beauty of the Bibles, along with the Gutenberg press enabling rapid spreading of the written Word and it’s influence was great.

Walking through a mock village of Nazareth was fun to glimpse  daily living conditions of the time of Jesus. The 4D walk-through experience of Old and New Testament illuminated an overview of God working through the ages. Watching the history of mankind and God’s redemption plan as revealed in scripture was great. A treat for the whole family!

The museum features a series of short ’Drive Thru History‘ episodes exploring the Holy land and the excavated artifacts supporting historical accounts throughout the Old and New Testaments. Many of these artifacts were on display, along with Israel antiquities, pottery with family seals, arrowheads from Old Testament battles, coins from different time periods in the region, and a variety of household idols and shrines from Israel’s disobedient days of mixing with surrounding pagan cultures. (Exodus 23:33, Deuteronomy 7:1-6)

In today’s verse, Jesus implores all to repent and believe the good news. The News that God sent the true Light into the world — God born in the flesh, to seek and to save lost sinners like me and you! (John 1:1-15, Luke 19:10)

Dear Sovereign LORD, the archeological proof of the Biblical account of history is overwhelming. Luke 16:31 says ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”. Yet You have supplied proof upon proof that You are the LORD, Maker of Heaven and earth. You came to show the way is narrow that leads to life. And that life is through Your Only Son, Jesus — Fully God, (through Him all things were made) and Fully man, (able to bear on His body the sins of the world). Thank-You for caring for Your creation — for us who are made from the dust of the earth, in Your image, for relationship with You. ~Amen

Extra verses:
John 3:16-17
Matthew 7:13-14
John 1:1-15
John 8:58
Colossians 2:9
Philippians 2:7
1 Peter 2:24
Genesis 2:7
Psalm 103:13-14

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