A few years ago Beth and I had the opportunity to visit England and while in London we took a few hours exploring the British museum.  I took a bunch of photos but the one I’ve choose to share really resonated with me. It’s a statuette of a ram caught in a thicket and dates to around 2600 B.C. It’s made of shells, wood, limestone and  was found in a Royal cemetery which I believe was associated with ancient Ur.  According to the British museum, this artifact is from the Mesopotamia region and dates to the early Dynastic III period or some 400 years prior to when Abraham lived in Ur of the Chaldees (Gen.11). ram in thicket The ram is not actually caught in the thicket but has raised up on it’s hind legs in order to peer at something beyond. It of course reminds us of the Biblical account of Abraham and Issac when God provided for the sacrifice and spared Issac. Gen 22:12-13 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. (13) And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

When I was a kid growing up in Lakeland, Florida, brother Ferrell Jenkins was at that time working with the Lakeland Hills Blvd. church of Christ where we worshiped.  Brother Jenkins would make trips to the Middle east and bring back hundreds of pictures, like the one above and share with us.  Before the days of Power Point, brother Jenkins would bring in his screen and slide projector and take us to the holy lands. With each slide  he would explain where it was taken and how it related to the scriptures.  It brought to life the very stories of God’s word and helped me to understand that the things said in His word were true.

 Today, we can still enjoy trips to the middle east and other parts of the world by visiting his blog at https://ferrelljenkins.wordpress.com/

If you can’t navigate to it through that link try the one on my sidebar.

Darryl Fuller