The Dead Sea Scrolls

You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.  For “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.  The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”  That word is the good news that was announced to you.—1 Peter 1:23-25

Before this discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest copy of the Old Testament, that archaeologists had ever found, was a 1000-years after Christ’s birth.  The discovery gave us copies of the Old Testament that were a 1000-years older than any of the copies we possessed before.  When the text of the Dead Sea Scrolls were compared to the text of the manuscript written after Christ’s birth, the world realized that the text—word for word—was virtually identical.  One of the greatest discoveries of the 20thcentury confirmed our conviction that the message we read in the Bible today is the same exact message that Moses and Isaiah and Daniel had written some 1500 years before Christ.

God has miraculously preserved his written word for thousands of years.  It’s the means through which he continues accomplish his spiritual work in the lives of his people then and in our lives today.  God’s word, working in our lives, is what sustains us to love him and each other with a deep and genuine love.  Reading the Bible doesn’t fuel our love for God and each other.  It’s the Author of the Book who does this inward work by sending his own Spirit to live within our hearts and change us from the inside out.  God takes the message of the book and transforms our love into a living and enduring reality.