I have to say, there are times when I think God is so funny. I mean it. Have you ever considered His sense of humor? Just think about a few things He has done recently:
Nine Unopened Dead Sea Scrolls Found. Really. The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the 1940’s – almost seventy years ago – and they’ve been carefully held and maintained in the most controlled conditions since then. But something was overlooked – not in the caves, mind
you, but in the same climate controlled, highly secured rooms. Tiny little scrolls, inches in size, all neatly rolled up and placed inside of a Phylactery (the little leather box Observant Jews tie on their foreheads when they pray), one in each of the four compartments. The Phylactery(ies) date back to Second Temple times – 2,000 years ago but were just recognized for what they are in this time, 2014 years later, for this generation. Proof positive that God has everything under control.
Central Water Drainage Channel For five years, archeologists Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron have been digging out and exploring the main water drainage channel that carried run off water from the Temple Mount to the outside of ancient Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period. Leading from the Temple Mount down the mountainside through the ancient City of David, the channel also served as a place of refuge for Jews who were seeking hiding places from the rampaging Romans during the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.
How fascinating that at a time in history when the Palestinian Arabs are trying desperately to eradicate any and all indication that Jews ever lived in Jerusalem, were in Israel, or for that matter, even existed as a people, God comes along and suddenly reveals something that has been safely tucked away. Indeed. Hidden away until a time when, once again, Israel would inhabit the Land. Hidden proof until a time such as this.
And if that wasn’t enough, there is this amazing discovery. In these same excavations, a personal Hebrew seal from the end of the First Temple period was discovered on the floor of the ancient building. The seal is made of a semi-precious stone and is
engraved with the name of its owner: “Lematanyahu Ben Ho…” in ancient Hebrew, ” meaning:
“Belonging to Matanyahu Ben Ho…”). The Hebrew seal would have been used to certify a signature or authorize a document. Incidentally, the name Matanyahu means ‘giving to God.’
What about coins? Gold coins. Just in time for Chanukah, 2008, Israeli archeologists discover 264 beautiful gold coins in the same location! Gold coins – tiny bobbles! Because a volunteer from Britain took her vacation and spent it in Israel as a volunteer in the dig just outside of the Dung Gate, Old City, Jerusalem.
The dig, commonly known as the “car park” – it did used to be a modern day parking lot – has become one of the most effective dig sites in Israel. Another thing that is amazing about this discovery that came just before Chanukah is one of the traditions of Chanukah is to give gold coins or candies shaped like coins and wrapped in gold paper – gelt. While the Israeli Antiquities Authority isn’t about to give away even one of these 264 gold coins, you can bet they are going to have an even greater appreciation of Chanukah. Tiny bobbles, in the sand.
While the world clamors for Israel to give up land for piece, Israel just keeps digging and digging and God just keeps showing them His Footprint in the sand!
No matter what the secular world community says or tries to force on Israel for division of the Land, the God of Israel, will have His way. Proof is there like tiny bobbles tucked away in the sand. Hmmm. Sounds like a song that I used to hear. Tiny bobbles in the sand, make me happy, make me feel fine. Now, let’s all hum together.
Tiny bobbles in the sand, make me happy, make me feel fine.
Tiny bobbles they will find
Tucked away until the end of time.
Tiny bobbles they are Mine.
So here’s to the golden spoon
And here’s to the covering sand
And mostly here’s a toast
To you and me
When the tiny bobbles
Prove this land is Mine.
Catchy, isn’t it. Tiny bobbles in the sand….