the morning of Remembrance Sunday we look back and remembering the
is no virtue in war but remembering is the least we can do.
is a key part of living
we lose it, we lose a significant experience
quote; “ The one thing history
teaches us is that history teaches us nothing ”
Times: Sept 08: “Those who
think that there is such a thing as progress in international affairs
- that we are capable of learning the lessons of history - have been
brutally disabused by the Georgian crisis.”
older among us can remember going to get something in another room
but then forgetting what we came in for - how can we remember that
all of us, have a tendency to forget the truth.
understands this and helps us through the Scriptures.
God sets 'markers' to remind us
we look through Scripture we find a number of instances where God established
something to act as a reminder to his people:
When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised,
observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, `What does this
ceremony mean to you?' then tell them, `It is the Passover sacrifice
to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt
and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.' "
Exodus was a critical part of the life of Israel
was how God delivered them from slavery in Egypt
to make them a nation.
Passover was a crucial part of that.
Lord instituted the annual remembrance of that to remind Israel
of their divinely supernatural
Crossing the Jordan
twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them
to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where
the priests stood and to carry them over with you and put them down
at the place where you stay tonight…. to serve as a sign among you.
In the future, when your children ask you, `What do these stones mean?'
tell them that the flow of the Jordan
was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed
, the waters of the Jordan
were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel
After their wilderness wanderings
this became the next big feature in their life
stones would act as a reminder
memorial reminded them of their divinely supernatural entry to the
he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying,
"This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."
to his death Jesus instigated this regular reminder for us.
reminds us of our divinely supernatural origins, the work of Christ
on the Cross.
Christianity is based in History
Illustrations of the Old Testament reveal the importance of history
men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter,
should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf
of the living? To the law and to the testimony !
Isaiah was saying, look to the
Law that God gave you but also the testimony you have about God.
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt
, out of the land of slavery.”
Testimony' more often than not referred to the Ten Commandments.
Ten Commandments start with a relational reminder.
Lord is able to give them these 'design rules' because He has first
delivered them out of the world and created them as a new unique nation.
God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say
to the Israelites: `I AM has sent me to you.' " God also said to
Moses, "Say to the Israelites, `The LORD, the God of your fathers--the
God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob--has sent me to
At the burning bush Moses asks God His name.
The Lord gives two aspects to it.
'I Am' = the everlasting One.
'the God of...' says He was the One they already knew about, the same
One who had already had dealings with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Their knowledge of Him is founded in history already.
The Unity of the Old & New
Old Testament reveals God's ongoing dealing with Israel
New Testament continues that historical setting into which Jesus,
the unique Son of God, came.
New is founded on the Old.
can only fully understand the New in the light of the Old.
we considered previously, we are to know who we are – where we ‘fit'
in history – we are to remind ourselves of these things.
is based in history!
is vital in the light of ‘modern spirituality'.
spirituality speaks of:
within self, the inner being
power many people look to rather than God
this debate we bring:
evidence, evidence of a Supreme Being
Being who is:
and interacts with us
knows better than us
loves us so much He saves us
He does what is needed to deal with our conscience,
transforms our perspective on Him and on life,
empowers us to change,
guides us so we know how to change,
all this comes from the evidence of history - and there is
lots of it!