We have a project for you - we want you to make movies! We want you to help make a record of history! In today’s technological society, anyone can become a ‘film maker’. Social media networks are full of digital clips from everyday lives. Imagine if this kind of instant technology was available much earlier, centuries, even millennia before today! We could have the entire history of the human race recorded for posterity - perhaps definitive evidence of who said this and did that, and who didn't! Can you imagine a hidden camera during Noah’s ark construction, or some of Abraham’s conversations with God, or Jacob’s shenanigans? To witness the exodus, King David’s coronation or King Solomon’s grand opening of the temple - I'm guessing the old Hollywood blockbusters would pale in comparison to the actual event!
However, in this digital world we live in, we can’t go back in time with our cell phone cameras and recapture moments of even our own childhood. Instead we rely on pictures, stories told by our family and friends, and our own personal catalogue of memories - some we may care to forget and others we love to remember over and over. Recalling our personal history is important to help us know where we have come from, why we are the way we are, and hopefully to help us move forward without repeating some of our more ‘infamous’ moments!
And the same is true for history in general. Remembering history seems to be a key to not repeating its catastrophes. We just need to check out Israel’s history in the Bible to see the example of this written out for us: their enslavement in Egypt was because the Egyptians forgot about Joseph; Judges came and went, as did Kings and prophets, while turn about, the people forgot God’s miracles in their history, had disaster come upon them, God sent a deliverer, and slowly the people forgot once again...and so on. But God has a remedy for this cycle: Deut 11:18-21 - in context: “Remember your history!!”