The Righter Report

Are we our brother’s keeper?

Jesus once told the story of the Sheep and the Goats:

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” – Jesus, Matthew 25:31-46

Will you be your brother’s keeper? Will you help children like this who have been abandoned with no hope? Will you be able to sleep at night after seeing and reading this if you do nothing?

Here’s how to help: Contact Save the Children. Do your part and be your brother’s keeper.

The Lord will honor and remember your charity. God bless you.

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November 20, 2009 Posted by | Human Interest | Leave a comment

In Search of King David

For centuries, numerous skeptics of the Bible denied the historicity of Jesus Christ. Today, with the compilation of so many evidences for The Historical Jesus, no serious historian doubts such an individual once walked the earth. The debate has since moved on to questions concerning his miracles, resurrection, and claims to divinity.

Undaunted, the skeptics have conveniently moved their yardsticks further back into antiquity. Their target this time: King David, who lived approximately three thousand years ago. One of these determined skeptics is Israel Finkelstein, Chairman of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Archaeology, who argued that the monarchy of King David was essentially a myth. His book to this effect, “The Bible Unearthed,” was once popular with fellow skeptics and novices but was later largely debunked by fellow archaeologists.

Archaeology Confirms King David

Until very recently, there was no evidence outside the Bible for the existence of King David. There are no references to him in Egyptian, Syrian or Assyrian documents of the time, and the many archaeological digs in the City of David failed to turn up so much as a mention of his name. Then, on July 21, 1993, a team of archaeologists led by Prof. Avraham Biran, excavating Tel Dan in northern Galilee, found a triangular piece of basalt rock, measuring 23 x 36 cm. inscribed in Aramaic. It was subsequently identified as part of a victory pillar erected by the king of Syria and later smashed by an Israelite ruler. The inscription, which dates to the ninth century BCE, that is to say, about a century after David was thought to have ruled Israel, includes the words Beit David (“House” or “Dynasty” of David”). It is the first near-contemporaneous reference to David ever found.”

King David’s Palace

“Very few personalities in history stir our imagination as that of David, son of Jesse,” says historian, M. H. Leon. For decades,” says Leon, “and despite much effort by scholars and archaeologists, the location of King David ‘s palace has remained a mystery.”

But recent discoveries and research by Hebrew University archaeologist, Dr. Eilat Mazar, the granddaughter of the renowned archaeologist, the late Prof. Benjamin Mazar, has unveiled convincing evidence that pinpoints the exact location of this most important biblical structure.

“One of the main clues in finding King David’s palace,” says Mazar, “was surprisingly from the Bible itself.” 2 Samuel 5:17 states: “When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went DOWN [from his palace] to the [citadel].”

And there it was, just “up” from the citadel.

Today, there is growing evidence for the validity of King David and related Biblical accounts. No doubt the skeptics will need to rethink or modify their positions.

August 5, 2007 Posted by | Theology | Leave a comment