Recently, while visiting Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, I took the time and opportunity to visit the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit. I began the tour by myself, but within minutes a security guard joined me and together we studied the murals on the wall. We shared stories about Israel and talked about Masada. Another group arrived and I was left alone.
I meandered through the various stations, marveling at each piece of pottery, noting the dates on the labels, and thinking about the people. What if, just what if, one of those pieces came from the home of Martha and Mary when they had Jesus in their home? I thought about the steps I had taken on the soil of Israel four years ago.
Finally, I came to the door which would open to the exhibit where the actual Dead Sea Scrolls were positioned. As I opened the door, I sensed God’s presence in a mighty way. I viewed each piece of the Holy Scriptures, marveled at the handwriting, and acted as if I was reading the Hebrew from right to left. Then as I read the translation above each piece, I was overwhelmed with the realization of how I take God’s Word for granted and how important it is for me to write it out for myself (Deuteronomy 17:18).
For me, the grandest moment of my almost two and a half hour tour was when I came face to face with the page from the book of Genesis. I was so overwhelmed I could not hold back the tears. I would walk away and then come back to look one more time, and then another time. Finally, I walked away. This is the inspired Word of God!
“And that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:15-16).
Yes, I bought the tee shirt which said, “Old Words, New Hope” because this is the Truth!
I encourage you to visit the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition. For more information go to www.SeetheScrolls.com.