The Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered in the year 1947 by a group of shepherds in the Qumran caves located west of the Dead Sea and about 20km from Jerusalem. The scrolls, preserved in clay jars, date to at least 200BC and were believed to belong to a Jewish religious community that had its headquarters in the area. Though most of the texts have been fragmented due to natural causes and possibly human intervention, what is fascinating about the scrolls is that, except for the book of Esther, a copy of each book of the Old Testament of our present Bible has been discovered. And exactly the same truths taught in the Old Testament are found in those manuscripts.
The Bible is a unique book; it speaks to all people in all different circumstances. When we consider that ancient Bible manuscripts were copied by hand by scribes, it is amazing how the Bible has been preserved to our time in its intact and accurate form. It shows us that more than a human hand has directed in its preservation and we can trust its message to us. God wants us to read His Word and a blessing is promised if we read and obey, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy” Revelation 1:3
Jesus says “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4. When we read God’s Word it changes our lives to make us better people. Take time to read God’s Word, ask Him to help you to understand and you will discover the best answers to life’s questions and challenges.
Key Text : “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts” 2 Peter 1:19