Saturday, April 09, 2005

The Dead Sea Scrolls to the Bible in America Part II

Last night, my wife and daughter and I returned to High Point to visit The Dead Sea Scrolls to the Bible in America one final time before it left the area. This time we brought along my brother and mother.

Even though I had thoroughly gone through the exhibit a week ago, I still found items that I had previously overlooked. And I have to say that I was even more moved last night at what I saw and heard. After taking in the entire exhibit, you will have no doubt that . . . God has done some incredible things through man that enable us today to read His Word in our own language.

Last night, we were also treated to a short lecture from the always accommodating curator of the exhibit, Dr. Craig Lampe. Dr. Lampe, an extremely engaging man with a powerful passion for God and His Word, is a walking, talking encyclopedia on the history of the Bible. In his talk, Dr. Lampe, who spends much of the year working and studying in Israel, pointed out that "the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed." On the former, he gave the example that the ancient Hebrew letters that make up the word "Torah" (the first five books of the Bible written by Moses) translate individually into "what comes from the man nailed to the cross." Dr. Lampe also took time to talk about how we can get our country back to where it needs to be, challenging pastors to preach the Gospel and women to be the "mighty warriors" God created them to be.

Also, be sure to take in one of Joel Lampe's short lectures on the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls. (Joel is Dr. Lampe's son.) He packs an incredible amount of information on the discovery in 10 short minutes.

If you have not had an opportunity to visit the exhibit, I implore you to do so before it shuts down for good tomorrow. It is open today (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are only $12 for adults and $8 for students. Providence Place is at 1701 Westchester Drive in High Point. For those of you in Greensboro, just head out west on Wendover toward High Point, turn left on Eastchester (N.C. 68). When you cross Main Street, the road becomes Westchester. Go three miles, and Providence Place will be on your left (for you old timers, it is in what used to be Westchester Mall). Allow yourself at least two hours to see it all, but I bet you'll end up staying longer.

And be sure to say hello to Dr. Lampe and tell him I sent you.

And please remember to pray for Dr. Lampe and his family and staff as they pack up the exhibit and move on next week to prepare for a showing in Paducah, Kentucky, later this month. North Carolina is truly going to miss them and their incredible Christian witness. May God Bless them as the continue to spread the message of how God has protected His Word down through the centuries.

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