Sometime ago I had been quite perplexed with why it was so necessary to have all these names and places in the Old Testament about this King and Kingdom and that. What was the purpose in even being able to pronounce the names and wonder where they were located as many of the places have been renamed and captured and re-established even yet again! These thoughts came about after a conversation I had with a really sharp Christian woman I know that had been attending Regent’s College out of Canada working towards the completion of her Masters in Christian Education degree. She was able to talk about these Kingdoms and names so easily and give details and information as though it were written in English originally. I began to compare my lack of theology and understanding to her great ability to get it. Well first of all I have no business comparing myself to someone else, but here I was, feeling less because my brain doesn’t work quite like that. Ugh! I am more practical and hands on, more visual and demonstrative. So I left her place feeling less, not because she was trying to do that to me, but because I was comparing me with her. Anyway…I love what God does in reaffirming our spirits and reminding us that we all matter to him and have a place to serve in His Kingdom. And he even answered my why about history question with a very simple and practical poem:
“Great grandma got it,
Momma forgot it,
and Baby never heard.”
Without knowing about history how do we know the direction to go?
In Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) we read “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”
Deuteronomy 11:19 (NIV) Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
So to those of you who wonder like I did, that is why.