A Deeper Level
Remembering our history as a culture, as individuals and related to our faith is important. To remember, especially as Christians, exists not simply as an act of recollection but also as a habit that propels us into action.
In the Old Testament, the directive to “remember” sometimes comes phrased as “do not forget.” The concept runs throughout the New Testament as well, and both direct our attention and priority within our remembering.
Pulling out just a few examples helps grasp the importance God places on not just remembering but on allowing that recollection to guide our activity. It also helps take our understanding of remembering to a deeper level.
Deuteronomy is often called a “book of remembrance” by Bible scholars. The phrases “remember” and “do not forget” come frequently enough to spot during even a casual reading.
Psalms present the words “remember” or “do not forget” about 70 times, depending on the version. Psalm 78 is a good example.
The Gospels hold many instances where the disciples remember what Jesus said and did. This remembrance then drove their activity (John 2:22; John 12:16). In addition, Jesus himself even directed them toward remembrance (John 16:4).
Studying this thread of “remembering” in Scripture gives tremendous instruction as to why, what, and how that activity should take place in our own lives. It also helps discover significant purpose in our remembering, transforming it into Purposeful Remembering.