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The rest of the events in Jeroboam’s reign, including all his wars and how he ruled, are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel. (1 Kings 14:19, NLT)
In the late 1990s, Blogger.com and other hosting blog tools became widely available to users. Soon, anyone could start a blog – a “web log.” A blog is an online record of information, activities, or thoughts. Many bloggers are, in large part, unknowns.
Record-keeping by unknowns has been around through the ages.
For instance, eighteen times in the books of 1 Kings and 2 Kings, you read the phrase, “the rest of the events in [name of king’s] reign are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel.”
Who kept those records and wrote that book?
We don’t know. The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel has been lost.
And unless you’re a biblical scholar, chances are you’re unfamiliar with the 18 kings that are listed in this particular record. They’ve got names like Nadab, Baasha, Elah, and Zimri.
Yet what we do know is that this series of kings had tremendous notoriety during their lifetimes. The Bible offers a record of how their leadership affected God’s people. The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel is believed to be a key source that was used to write that record in 1 and 2 Kings … even though we don’t know the names of the quiet record-keepers who wrote the book.
My point? Name recognition matters a whole lot less than clear, helpful content. It’s true for scripture. And it’s true for bloggers today.
Name recognition matters less than clear, helpful content.
Thank you for quiet record keepers who strive for truthfulness and accuracy. Let me reflect those values as I blog. Help me to write clear, helpful content.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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