In the early 1920s, archeologists uncovered over 2,000 tombs from ancient Ur – the place out of which God called Abram. The great archeologist and historian, Sir Leonard Woolley, believes they were the graves of wealthy aristocrats if not kings. He describes one of the most disturbing tombs he came across (see his sketch below).
“In it lay the bodies of six men-servants and sixty-eight women; the men lay along the side by the door, the bodies of the women were disposed in regular rows across the floor (all of them richly dressed in the style of their mistress), every one of them lying on her side with legs slightly bent and hands brought up near the face, so close together that the heads of those in one row rested on the legs of those in the row above.”
Were these ritually killed against their wills to serve their masters in the fictitious afterlife? Did they willingly die because of their religious beliefs? I don’t know. But what I do know is that their creed inspired their deed.
This “death pit,” this bone-chilling, awful, ghoulish scene, reminds us as to why God called Abram out of Ur. God wanted Abram, through his faith, to produce a people who would live as lights in the dark idolatrous world leading these nations into the knowledge of the true and living God. Abram’s faith exposed the false teaching of the afterlife, the gods, and of the prevailing views of the nature of man.
Let us be similar lights in our day.