Dead Sea Scrolls Alive!

May 13, 2010 at 9:34 am 3 comments

As we’ll be sending our Gracepoint Davis Church members to various church plants next month, we’ve been having some last meals and memory making moments with them. (Okay, sometimes we’re just using it as an excuse to enjoy some great food and fellowship!)

Gracepoint Davis Church peer brothers posing at DSSLast night, I went with a group of peer brothers to the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at Roseville (it’s ending this week). We saw the real thing–tiny fragments dating back more than 2000 years!  I was able to read one word using my knowledge of Hebrew, so I can now say “I read a Dead Sea Scroll!”  😉

One fragment that we saw had parts of Deuteronomy 8:2–5 on it.  This is the passage that Jesus cited when tempted in the desert:  “… man does not live on bread alone…”  When I saw that fragment, I immediately said, “That’s right!  Because man lives on pasta, steak, and rice!”  Unfortunately, that is missing in these Dead Sea Scrolls, but it’s a translation that I have hidden in my heart that I might not thin against you.  🙂

The exhibit also had the history of the translation process, along with the many people who gave their lives to the work of sharing this precious Word of God.  It featured people like Wycliffe, Tyndale, Luther, and even the great preacher, C.H. Spurgeon.  I pray that our church plant teams will likewise give their lives to the work of sharing the Gospel to the ends of the earth…

After we finished the exhibit in Roseville, we went to a restaurant conveniently located in Roseville:  Mizu!  It’s the one word that brothers translate as:  “See Sea Rolls, Eat Sea Rolls; Buffet my body, starting with my stomach; When I eat, I feel God’s pleasure!”  Yes, it was a sacrifice on my diet, but we did it for the guys going on the church plant!  After all, how can they preach unless they are sent with a full stomach?  Amen to that!

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. EL  |  May 13, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I was inspired by the monks and scribes who dutifully and painstakingly made handwritten manuscripts of the Holy Scriptures — unnamed heroes of faith who passed down the Word of God from generation to generation.

  • 2. gsechen  |  May 13, 2010 at 10:33 am

    “…When I eat, I feel God’s pleasure!” Amen to that I say because Mizu’s hit the spot.

    But seeing those ancient scrolls affirmed to me that God’s words are timeless and true and I’m thankful I don’t have to carry a gigantic scroll and 2 foot bibles around…

  • 3. robolai  |  May 18, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Thanks Pastor Jonathan for taking time out and we had such a wonderful time! As I saw how the Bible was faithfully passed down and preserved by individuals or groups of people in face of many difficulties and trials, my prayer is that each of us will also treasure God’s Word and faithfully pass it down to the next generation.. More than just the exhibit, however, it was knowing that the time to love and be together is so short, that made it all the more meaningful..


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