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LESSONS FROM HISTORY

learn from history

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4, NIV

"Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." I'm sure we all have head this quote at one time in our lives. However, I also learned, that by examining the writings of the historians and philosophers of the past, I found a variety of viewpoints.

Some cynics like Stephen Hawking, G. W. F. Hegel, and George Bernard Shaw conclude we learn nothing from history.  Others like Philosopher George Santyana and Prime Minister Winston Churchill remind us that we if we fail to learn the lessons of history, we are very likely to repeat them.

Still others urge us how more specifically to apply what history teaches us. Abraham Lincoln advised us “Human nature will not change in any great national trial. Compared with men of then, we shall have us as weak or as strong, as silly an as wise, as bad and as good. Let us therefore study the incidents in this philosophy to learn wisdom and none of them as wrongs to be avenged.” Centuries earlier Edmund Burke, a statesman of the British Parliament wrote, “In history a great volume is unrolled for our instruction, drawing materials of future wisdom from past errors and infirmities of man.”

The greatest use of history is recorded in Paul’s letter to the Romans where God commanded Christians. “For everything that was written in the past to teach us.” (Romans 15:4 NIV) Paul is referring to the portion of the Bible then written and by implication to be written.

This includes the books of history from Genesis through 2 Chronicles in the Old Testament.

A vital portion of that is 1 Chronicles which details a narrative of biblical history including genealogies and focuses on the reigns of Saul, David, and Solomon to encourage the returned exiles from the Babylonian Captivity just prior to 400 BC.

So much history to learn its truth,

Yet so many spurn it, both age and youth.

In Old Testament pages, God shows His way.

Learn biblical truth for wisdom each day.

First Chronicles is a Gateway to the Old Testament

QUESTION

What do you consider the value of history?