The Stories of Old
Psalm 78:1-7 My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old— things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
Do you remember black and white TVs? Thick, round knobs that clunked when you changed the channels; antennas coming from the back which would improve with the addition of aluminum foil flags. Chances are this is something your children have never seen, and yet they existed and were once a daily part of your life. It’s important to share yourself with your children, even the old, corny things you did as a kid, so that they can see you as a whole person, not just the parent they see now.
I think that’s why God wants the stories of old repeated in the Bible, so that we can see Him as He has existed and interacted with His people for thousands of years before us, before our parents, before black and white TV.
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