Friday, December 25, 2020

Evidence... against all odds


Year 8-Day 360: Today, I am grateful for evidence... against all odds.

I am not a numbers girl, but the older I get, the more I realize that numbers are fascinating. Numbers are all over the Old and New Testaments. Numbers are a part of the orderly side of God's personality.

Christmas always has me contemplating the many prophecies fulfilled by Jesus's birth. There are many different counts, but one suggests that Jesus fulfilled 332 Messianic prophecies from the Old Testament. 

When the Dead Sea scrolls were found, they gave more evidence, as they dated back to about 100 years before the birth of Jesus. That is significant for those who struggle with doubt. Wouldn't even 25 be amazing? 

As the evidence mounts and archeology continues to uncover wonderous affirmations of what we know in our hearts to be true, do we ponder these things in our hearts, the way Mary did? Do we know The Word well enough to recognize what is there for easy reading? The Word of God is living and breathing. It is for all time. The more we dig, the more we find. 

Peter W. Stoner, a reputable mathematics professor, calculate the probability of one person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 in 10 to the 157th power. That is crazy odds! 

"But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf -Micah 5:2

Oh little town of Bethlehem … your light still shines for those who believe. Not in the innkeepers' stable, but in our hearts. 

Today, I am grateful for evidence... against all odds.

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