Turning Our Hearts to Our History

I finished the Old Testament of the Bible this week! I set a goal nine months ago to read the entire account for the first time straight through to these very last verses in the Old Testament from the prophet Malachi:
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Although this verse is a specific prophecy with specific meaning, the phrase, “turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers” symbolizes what studying biblical history from the beginning has meant to me. My heart turns toward the history and heritage of the human family that has laid a foundation for us to build upon. Our ancestors through history have built a foundation of growth in intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, financial and, even, emotional ways. In this way the human family has matured through generations. Now, we are at a time and a place in the Earth’s history where we can add to that growth they prepared for us. Pride holds us back; sometimes we want to literally start at the beginning and “reinvent the wheel.” To turn our hearts to our fathers is a recognition of and gratitude for the gifts of understanding from them that we might build an even more solid foundation.


  1. Ryan
    Jun 1, 2008

    I think that was very well said. I haven’t read through the old testament completely for a long time. Maybe I should again.

    I’ve also found this feeling you describe from the quote in genealogical things I’ve done in the past, researching my ancestors, learning about them and what they suffered. It’s interested stuff, and it makes you wonder how much like them you are.

  2. Carrie Jensen
    Jun 1, 2008

    Interesting thought. I’ve never read the entire Old testament, I’m sure there is a lot I’m mising, that is very neat that you accomplshed that. I’ll have to use it as an example, thanks.

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