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Then Shekaniah son of Jehiel, one of the descendants of Elam, said to Ezra, “We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women from the peoples around us. But in spite of this, there is still hope for Israel.” – Ezra 10:2.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started!” – Matthew 23:29-32.
On February 8, 1496, four caravels sailing to America with supplies for Christopher Columbus sank in a storm in the Bay of Cadiz, Spain. They joined what is perhaps the world’s richest marine archaeological graveyard, especially for so small an area. Over three hundred vessels from Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Viking, and present times have sunk in the bay.
Archaeologists find many of the wrecks in pristine condition. The bay’s deep, oxygen-free mud has engulfed the hulls and kept worms from boring through. The ships are actually time capsules, offering insights into ancient construction methods and life for sailors aboard the vessels. Divers also find coins, statues, and amphorae.
If you want to know about the daily life, habits, and beliefs of people in any age, look in the Bible. The history of the race is encapsulated there. Did people have faith then as we do now? Did people make the same mistakes then that we make now? Did any disbelieve then, as so many seem to now? We need to ask the right questions about humanity and life, and we need to get the right answers to those questions. Let’s ask; the Bible is ready with the right answers. Mankind at any particular time is mankind in every period of history. The Bible seizes the instant and records it for everyone in every age to view and contemplate.