Ancient Words Ever True
“Then all the officials of the king of Babylon came and took seats in the middle gate. Nergal-Sharezer of Samgar, Nebo-Sarsekim a chief officer, Nergal Sharezer a high official and all the other officials of the king of Babylon.” (Jeremiah 39:3)
The British museum holds 130,000 Assyrian cuneiform tablets, dating back 5,000 years. A visiting professor from Vienna was studying some of them when suddenly he let out a cry of amazement! He had come across a small tablet that was a receipt for a financial transaction in Babylon thousands of years ago. On the cuneiform tablet was the name Nebo Sarsekim. His reaction to the discovery of this obscure name seems an overreaction since one might justifiably ask, “who in the world is Nebo?”
But here in his hand was verification of Jeremiah’s report of a man named Nebo, who was a chief officer of the king. Many people today believe that the Old Testament is just a bunch of made up stories, myths, and legends.
Yet here is just another of many proofs, that the Old Testament is accurately recording events that actually took place and recording the lives of people who actually lived. Archaeology has uncovered many such instances over the years. So any dismissal of the Old Testament as just another historical fraud is a position taken against verifiable evidence. Such a position of denial then must be based on a preconceived notion of unbelief and not on a serious search for truth or fact. It is a willful choice not to believe what the Old testament says because what it says is backed up by irrefutable historical data.
If the Bible is accurate concerning such an obscure figure in the government of Nebuchadnezzar, then how much more certain can we be, that the major characters of the Old and New Testament are also real historical people. Men and women like, Moses, Joshua, Daniel, Esther, Ruth and Jesus, etc. If the Bible is accurate concerning characters that have little influence in the vast unfolding of God’s salvation story, then we can be sure that this same Bible will be trustworthy when it comes to the major players in God’s revelation to us.
We can be sure that God who inspired his authors to write His words down, will not lie to us. He is faithful and trustworthy and His ancient words, ever true.