Re: What does God's Word say about "looking back to look ahead" ?
Somewhat coincidently perhaps, our recent Sunday sermon was preached on this text (as well as the few others around it). It was presented not so much as looking back to the past events, but ensuring our allegiance is to be fully with Christ. Maybe this still fits in with what you are presenting.
Originally Posted by SteveL
It is only the cynic who claims “to speak the truth” at all times and in all places to all men in the same way, but who, in fact, displays nothing but a lifeless image of the truth… He dons the halo of the fanatical devotee of truth who can make no allowance for human weaknesses; but, in fact, he is destroying the living truth between men. He wounds shame, desecrates mystery, breaks confidence, betrays the community in which he lives, and laughs arrogantly at the devastation he has wrought and at the human weakness which “cannot bear the truth”. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in Ethics.