It’s interesting how knowing more about our past informs our present, and even our future. When I was in high school, I didn’t understand why the study of history was interesting; it seemed like a bunch of irrelevant black-and-white photos and phrases like “Federal Judiciary Act of 1789.” Ugh.
Thankfully, I later learned more about how history impacts the present, and that intersection is really where knowing our history becomes not only interesting or relevant, but crucially important to our identity and future.
And Moses knew this.
That’s why he commanded the budding nation of Israel to never forget who they were. As J.A. Thompson notes: “The original covenant [with Moses at Mt. Sinai]…was not simply an event of the past which concerned Israel’s ancestors only, but was the concern of Israel in every age. The original Israel held within it all later Israelites.”*
What’s interesting is that, anticipating the need to “pass the baton” of nationhood from one generation to the next, Moses gave instruction about how to explain the “stipulations, decrees and laws” of the people. The answer: Learn our story. Tell our story.
The connection between ancient Israelites and today’s worldwide community of Christians is, of course, Jesus Christ. Jesus fulfilled the original covenant, and thus established a new covenant in himself, rather than in the Law. Those who are in Christ therefore also share in the story of the covenant people, all the way from the beginning.
- What are some of the stories from your personal life that still inform who you are today?
- What do already know about the Bible and the story it tells?
- What do you still need to learn about the Bible?
- Learning and telling the story of our faith is always done better in COMMUNITY. Are you connected to “Group Life” at UPPC?
*J.A. Thompson, Deuteronomy: An Introduction and Commentary, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries (Downers Grove: IVP, 2008) 128.