It has often been said that whoever wins the war gets to write the history. This often times is true and as a result we have some history books with a slightly skewed rendering of what happened in the past. Historical revisionism is something that Dr. Tackett talked about this last week and is something that hopefully we are aware of in our own day and age. The power of this is that when we rewrite the past, we can make people believe whatever we want in the present. But even when things are rewritten the truth still remains. We cannot change what happened but people will often try to change what is remembered. History as you can see is vitally important and not only to us in today's culture but also for God's chosen people Israel.
The old testament is full of history; the history of the nation of Israel. Time and Time again God is calling his people to remembrance of the past. He is trying to get them not to forget their history. Really what God is trying to get them to do is focus on God and not themselves. This same battle rages today in our hearts and minds as well. God wants us to remember what he has done not only in our lives and our families lives but he wants us to look to the history of mankind to see (really see) what he has done and is continuing to do.
In a nut shell this tour comes down to the simple adage we have all heard and probably said to someone else in our lives; "It's not all about you."
So with that lets take a look at some of the questions we need to ponder this week. As always I encourage you to join the conversation. Answer some, one or all of the questions as we look to learn not only from out time on Wednesday nights but also from each other aw we let the things we are learning seep into the very fabric of our souls throughout the week.
1. What are the consequences of believing the line: "It is all about me" - that may script is the only script that really matters?
2. Contrast the "stepping stones" outlook of the Pilgrims with our modern self-centered, solve-it-now mentality?
3. Reduced to simplest terms, what is the basic difference between the biblical understanding of history and the human-centered revisionist view?
4. Why do you suppose so many students are board by the study of history? How is this boredom related (if at all) to the overarching themes of this tour?
5. Os Guinness suggests that our sense of identity is directly related to our grasp of history. What role did this concept of identity play in the experience of the Pilgrims of Plymouth Plantation? How do we as members of contemporary society compare with them in this regard?
6. What is the point of the story Dr. Tackett relates from 1 Kings 22 regarding King Ahab and the prophet Micaiah? How does this narrative fit in with God's declaration about Himself in Isaiah 46:9-11? How does it relate (if at all) to the problem of historical revisionism?
7. What is the connection between this discussion of history and the concept of universals and particulars that we encountered in Lesson 2?