Studying History Thru the Bible

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It is no surprise to my closest friends how much I love history. I have a passion for making history come alive for my kids thru hands-on activities and planning field trips to historical sites. I even put together slideshows to make the learning visual. But in the past few weeks, this hasn’t felt like it was quite enough.

What do I mean? Well, I want to include more Bible in our history. But why not study history with the Bible as our main guide? After all our timeline pretty much lines up with the Old and New Testament. The Old Testament pointing to the birth of Jesus Christ and the New Testament revealing and explaining who he is. We are living in the timeline of the great Creator, the One who knows all things. “And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13. So, I will base our history on the Word of God.

So, what is my scriptural base for studying history this way? Well, Romans 15:4 says, “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

But why do we keep a record of history and why do we need to study history? We keep a record of history so we can read and think about people who lived long ago and how they acted. We can learn from their successes and their failures so that we can make wise decisions.

Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:11-12

What really has left an impression on me is that God had ordered people to keep written records. This to me screams, “history is important!” We can even look at some examples in the Bible of God telling people to write things down as a written account of events;

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” Exodus 17:14

“Now therefore write this song and teach it to the people of Israel. Put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the people of Israel.” Deuteronomy 31:19

He even commanded the prophets to write down what he had said and done.

” And now, go, write it before them on a tablet and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come as a witness forever.” Isaiah 30:8

“Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you.” Jeremiah 30:2

Much of scripture is a record of the mighty deeds of our Lord, like in 1 Chronicles;

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
    make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
    tell of all his wondrous works!

 Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Seek the Lord and his strength;
    seek his presence continually!
   Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
    his miracles and the judgments he uttered,”

So, I guess the next question is, why do I want to study history this way? Why is it that important to me? Well, as a Christian, I want to know more about the God of all creation. I want to learn more about his mercy and his sovereignty. I want to learn about God’s character throughout history as he directs the affairs of men. But mostly I want to glorify Him in what I do.

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 

With all that being said, I look forward to sharing with you what our study of history will look like in our family.

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“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,  and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

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