January 16

Genesis 48-50, Psalm 16

Many ask what distinguishes the Bible from every other book of antiquity, especially concerning those of other religions. The Bible is the only book with fulfilled prophecy. In fact, approximately 25% of Scripture is prophecy. Every prophetic prediction which could be fulfilled has been fulfilled with precise accuracy. The Bible has also been shown to be textually, historically and archaeologically accurate. An interesting finding in the area of Avaris which is the area of Goshen in the Bible was uncovered. An Egyptian palace was found, but the occupant was not Egyptian. By the rooms it belonged to a very important state official, who was honored for his work for the state. The palace had 12 pillars. In the garden behind the palace, archaeologists found 12 graves with memorial chapels on top of them. One of these tombs was very special because it was a pyramid tomb which is generally reserved for only Pharoahs and queens. Inside the tomb was a large statue, twice the size of a man. The statue of the man had red hair in a mushroom cut and pale yellow skin which is how the Egyptians depicted Semites. On the back of the statue is seen the faintest remains of paint in stripes revealing a multicolored coat. Lastly, aside from the smashed statue, there were no bones, no mummy beads, no coffin wood. The body was removed by someone.

We know from Genesis 47:1 that this is where Joseph’s family settled, “Then Joseph went and told Pharoah, and said, “My father and my brothers, their flocks and their herds and all that they possess, have come from the land of Canaan; and indeed they are in the land of Goshen.” At the end of Genesis, we read in 50:24-26, “And Joseph said to his brethren, “I am dying; but God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” Then Joseph took an oath from the children of Israel, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” So Joseph died, being one hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.” The story continues approximately 400 years later when Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt. We read in Exodus 13:19, “And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for he placed the children of Israel under solemn oath, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here with you.”

Peter said in 2 Peter 3:3, “knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,”. We live in a world full of scoffers and skeptics. Full of ignorance and filling every area from academia to Hollywood to the media, they make empty statements and accusations. Those who remain Biblically ignorant find themselves either unable to defend or worse swayed by their empty arguments. The Bible that you have put your trust in is worthy of that trust. No other book of antiquity has had to withstand the level of scrutiny that the Bible has. Yet every shred of evidence from archaeology and history affirms the truth of Scripture. In Jeremiah 29:12-13, “Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jesus said something similar to this in Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” God will never play hide and seek with us, if we only come to Him with a seeking heart, He will reveal Himself to us.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

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