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King Davidís Palace Discovered
In Defense of the Faith
Thursday, August 08, 2013
J.L. Robb

Gideon replied, ''If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me.''  (Judges 6:17 NIV)

Give me a sign, God; just to prove you are who you say you are. That was Gideon’s request. This is the same Gideon of the Gideon Bible Society.

I’ve said that in my life, and I’m sure a lot of other folk have too. How easy it would be to believe if there was just a sign or two for proof. Faith is nice, but where’s the proof? Like the old Wendy’s commercial, “Where’s the beef?”

Here’s some beef for those who truly believe that the Bible is mythology rather than fact, for those who believe it was all made up, by whom I’m not quite sure. Just a few guys sitting around a hookah bar or a coffee shop 3,500 years ago, writing a bunch of fairy tales for the future generations? Writing was very expensive, tedious and not many could write at all. There weren’t many hieroglyphic paper shops around the desert.

One of King David’s Palaces has apparently been discovered by an international team of archeologists. 

"The ruins are the best example to date of the uncovered fortress city of King David," said professors Yossi Garfinkel of Hebrew University and Saar Ganor, who led the excavations. "This is indisputable proof of the existence of a central authority in Judah during the time of King David."

This is the same King David that many historians teach didn’t exist at all. And if David did exist, he certainly was not a king and didn’t slay a giant with a stone. Whoever wrote that account 3,500 years ago must have been visiting the toddy wagon too often; and of course their students laugh at the joke. Also, if there was no King David, then King Solomon, David’s son, must also be a myth. And on it goes. No proof.

The palace is located in the city of Shaarayim, about 20 miles from Jerusalem. As fate would have it, Shaarayim is the place the Bible says David slew Goliath, the giant; with a stone. You can read more about this proof of Biblical history.

Chances are this will not be proof to the skeptics. They will put their spin on the find, in spite of the accuracy and the carbon dating to 1000 BC, the time of David’s reign. It will end up being promoted by the intelligentsia as just another Judeo-Christian conspiracy to slam-dunk the religion of Islam.

So what about this proof?

"Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left." (Exodus 14:21-22 NIV)

Most everyone has heard the story of Moses parting the Red Sea, Reed Sea or some body of water; research indicates several possibilities. Then all the ex-Hebrew slaves (about a million) escaped their Egyptian pursuers across dry land that had been a sea bottom just a few minutes earlier. The Egyptian soldiers, obviously not the brightest stars in the sky, decided it made sense to send their chariots into the parted sea to get their workforce back. What goes up, must come down; and the water did just that. The Egyptians drowned that day, as did their horses that were hooked up to the chariots.

A few years ago, underwater researcher, Ron Wyatt, discovered what appeared to be ancient chariot wheels on the bottom of the Red Sea, just off the coast of Neweiba Beach. The wheel, covered with coral, had 8 spokes.

According to Nassif Mohammed Hassan, the director of Antiquities in Cairo at the time who examined the 8-spoked wheel, the 8-spoke chariot wheel was used only in the 18th Dynasty in 1400 BC. Other coral-covered wheels have been discovered in the area since, some real and some just coral.

How did Egyptian chariot wheels, dating to the time of Moses, get on the bottom of the Red Sea?

As the show-me-the-beefers spin again that a Judeo-Christian conspiracy group planted the wheels at the bottom of the sea to fool the world, that would’ve had to happen 3,500 years ago to accumulate all that coral.

Sometimes I visit anti-religious social media sites, just to see what kind of Godophobic hatred they are spewing; and sometimes to see if I can get them to think about what they don’t believe in. That’s a hard sell. Most seem to have been blinded into believing they are Mensa members and a Noble Prize will be headed their way any day now. These folk wouldn’t believe a DNA sample from Jesus was proof.

In the book series, The End The Book: Part Three, Visions and Dreams (yes, it takes several parts to end the world as we know it), Jeffrey Ross is a Mensa member; and he finally begins to consider the possibility that God might exist, that he could be wrong. If there was only some kind of sign, some kind of proof.

It appears that God doled out plenty of proof of his existence. To Jesus’ followers, the proof came in the form of feeding 5000+ hungry people with a couple of loaves of bread; proof was seeing Jesus tell a man who had been blind since birth that he could now see, and he could; proof is watching Jesus heal lepers, call back Lazarus from the dead and walk on water. The followers saw all this with their own eyes but still denied Him after He was crucified.

How much proof does one need? A lot, apparently.

Jesus, the Messiah that God said He would send to save us from ourselves, in His benevolence and kindness, decided to provide an undeniable proof for His followers. He rose from the dead, like He said He would do and scared the dickens out of them when He would suddenly appear, sometimes to a few, sometimes to many. This was not a one-time appearance and went on for a while.

For the Apostles, those who saw but still denied in order to save themselves from the Romans, this was all the proof they needed. After that, they didn’t deny, even if it meant being burned by Nero to light his garden at night; being thrown off cliffs by angry Jews or being fed to wild animals for entertainment.

Wanting to see a sign is certainly not abnormal.

Gideon wanted a sign and asked for it when God commanded him to free the Israelites from the conquering Midianites and condemn the Israeli worship of idols. God was always blessing the Israelites, and they were always rejecting him. They had plenty of proof, but it didn’t matter.

Gideon was a young man at the time, one of Israel’s Judges before they had kings. This command from God would not be easy, so Gideon asked God to prove it was really Him making the command. Maybe it was a mistake.

Gideon asked God for three miracles as proof in Judges 6.

The first miracle was when an angel appeared to Gideon and told him he would be a mighty warrior and would overtake the Midianites, no problem. Gideon promptly asked for a sign that this was so. He prepared an offering and presented it to the angel.

The angel of God said to him,

“Take the meat and the unleavened bread, place them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And Gideon did so.  Then the angel of the Lord touched the meat and the unleavened bread with the tip of the staff that was in his hand. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the Lord disappeared. When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he exclaimed, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!” (Judges 6: 20-22 NIV)

The second and third signs that Gideon requested concerned fleece:

"Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised- look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.”

And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew- a bowlful of water.

"Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.” That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew." (Judges 6: 36-40 NIV)

Gideon got his signs, routed the Midianites and destroyed Israel’s idols. For 40 years, Israel had peace during Gideon’s Judgeship. As soon as he died however, they went back to their evil ways. They needed more proof.

By the way, in Visions and Dreams, Jeff finally gets a sign; and this sign is undeniable, no matter how much someone might try to spin it. So don’t read the ending first!

"If I could only see a sign… He hadn’t even seen the bright blip in the sky for a long time; had it been two years? Maybe it was gone, or imaginary. The bright light wasn’t imaginary though, because Abe the Bartender had seen it about the time he had. Gray and Andi saw it when they rescued him the night of the Cayman Tsunami, said the light guided them to where he was floating in the sea." - Visions and Dreams The End The Book: Part Three

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