“What’s past is prologue” is a phrase found in Act 2, Scene 1 of William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest. Characters in the play use the phrase to suggest that history sets the context for both the present and the future. Visit the National Archives Building in Washington D.C., and you will find the same phrase engraved in stone on the base of a statue called, Future. 


The past as prologue to Israel’s future might have been on Ezra’s mind as he compiled the Chronicles for the Jewish remnant who were returning to Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity. It was time for God’s people to rebuild their lives by returning to Jerusalem and prioritizing the worship of Yahweh. 


How is your past a prologue to your future?

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“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG