History - Tim Stroud



How good are you at remembering History? In school I learned about many past events of our country finding it hard to remember some details because I didn’t experience them myself. As I grew older, I learned more by hearing stories from people who did experience life and struggles of history. When learning about the history of God’s people, I would often wonder what impact the events made in theirs and future families lives, did they pass along the memories of the events to the next generation, and did they remember?

When I think of historical events in my lifetime, the 9/11 attacks on America comes to mind first. This past month was the 19th anniversary and America remembered. As I reflected on that tragic day, I remembered thinking then that I was seeing “history in the making”. Then I thought of how we are “living history” today in these times of Covid19. This virus and the impact that it has on society will be talked about for decades to come. We are not only experiencing being a witness to history, but also being a part of history.

  • Did descendants of Noah know of his faithful history and the sign of God’s covenant with him and all life on earth after the flood, and see a rainbow and remember? (Gen 9:8-17)
  • Did descendants of Israelites know of their history of crossing the Jordan on dry land that God created for the ark of the covenant and them to cross, and see a stack of stones and remember? (Jos 4:19-24)
  • Do we as children of God know the history of the cross, the empty tomb, the atoning sacrifice and covenant they represent? When we partake of the memorial feast, do we (Christians) remember? (1 John 4:9-11 & Luke 22:18-20)

Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deut 6:4-9

One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment, and the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matt 22:34-40

When you are deeply impacted by an event, you remember.



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