I have always enjoyed taking people to the City of David. Today, an article was released on an archaeological find of a seal that dates to First Temple period. The seal reads with the words: belonging to Nathan-Melech, Servant of the King.
The only place that Nathan-Melech appears in the Bible is in 2 Kings 23:11
"11 He confiscated the horses which the kings of Y’hudah had given to the sun, at the entrance to the house of Adonai near the room of the officer N’tan-Melekh, in the side-courtyard; and he burned up the chariots of the sun." - 2 Kings 23:11
This verse indicates, King Josiah was cleaning up the idolatry that had been present in Kings' previous to his reign. King Josiah also is credited as the King who brings Passover back to the Hebrew People. They had stopped celebrating the Passover, until the scroll was read to King Josiah and then he ordered Passover to be re-instated.
I find it such a God encounter when all of these things are found and to know that Nathan's name is only mentioned once and in the dirt of the City of David we find his seal. When you are in Israel there is alot of dirt to sift through. Finding this seal in the place of the Royal court and palaces area is wonderful news to our ears.
This is one more way the Bible is coming to life before your eyes. Click below on the Jewish Press article to read about the discovery. You can also click the picture and it will take you to the Jewish Press article.