I was recently reading an article and came across a beautiful passage from the Dead Sea Scrolls. I know these documents are even now being recovered and with each new discovery, the historical context and validity of the bible are more evident.
Clay and dust that I am,
what can I devise unless Thou wish it,
and what contrive unless Thou desire it?
What strength shall I have
unless Thou keep me upright
and how shall I understand
unless by (the spirit) which Thou hast shaped for me?
(IQH XVIII [FORMERLY X], 5-7)
When the wicked rose against Thy Covenant
and the damned against Thy word,
I said in my sinfulness,
‘I am forsaken by Thy Covenant.’
But calling to mind the might of Thy hand
and the greatness of Thy compassion,
I rose and stood…
I lean on Thy grace
and on the multitude of Thy mercies.
(IQH XII [formerly Iv], 34-7)
I’m not sure why, but I’ve always thought of the Dead Sea scrolls as inaccessible or inapplicable to my life. I felt quite overwhelmed when I read these words and realized how truly timeless our Father’s word truly is.