It Seems to me . . . that a few questions we ought to consider about historical figures just might be:
- Who were they?
- Why did they step forward into history?
- What did they do?
- Why did it need to be done?
- Why did they do it?
Has it ever occurred to you that we have a limited understanding and restricted comprehension of the people in history without also having some knowledge of the historical context in which they lived, and how what they did impacted the world at the time. A few illustrations: (1) to be properly understood, the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt needs to be looked at against the background of the Great Depression and World War II; (2) Winston Churchill figures largely in England’s history, but would most likely not have gained such prominence without the rise of Nazism in Germany; (3) Abraham Lincoln entered American history at a troubled time, and proved that he was the man for the job, but to understand that, you must understand the time, culture, and events during his life and to be able to truly understand and appreciate his choices and actions.
I have recently gained a new insight of the importance of understanding that sort of information. My dear friend and former Pastor, Charles Fake, has been writing a most thought-provoking series in his blog regarding the folks God used to write the Bible. This is the format of his presenting the series: he uses the name of a Bible book, then hyphenates it and adds “Devotional thoughts” to it. The thoughts he adds are amazing and are literally eye-opening; all of which simply helps one . . . especially this one . . . to more deeply understand the book, what was going on in the culture at that time, and why the person was called into service (example: Jonah – Devotional thoughts).
I am amazed how much he can say in so few words. It actually embarrasses me as it seems to take me twice as much space to say a simple fraction of what he says. He is truly a gifted communicator . . . in every medium: speaking, writing, and even in singing! The Lord certainly equipped and blessed Bro. Fake. He has also blessed me in allowing me to know him, to hear him preach and teach, and to be able to read the material he writes, and to just learn from him. He has likely taught me more than any other human I have ever known, and when I am around him, I immediately go into deep-cycle mode and put on my thinking cap. I always want to hear what he has to say!
His blog can be located at: charlesfake.com; it is entitled, “Howdy Y’all.” I love his by-line, which reads, “Essays of importance, triviality, and in-between.” I always find his blog to be very interesting and I appreciate him taking the time to do it. I recommend it without reservation!
If you take the time to check it out you will come face-to-face with a very rare thing in this day and age . . . brilliance!