The sons of Issachar are referenced at a crucial point in the national life of Israel—the coronation of King David over all of Israel—as men who “understood the times” and had “knowledge of what to do” (1 Chron. 13:32). Yet Scripture does not seem to say why they are given such an honor or what exactly it means.
In this lecture from this year’s Providential History Conference in Omaha, I explain the background to this description and why the sons of Issachar in particular earned it. Then, I discuss how this standard and method stands as a challenge to Christians today, particularly in the work of understanding, judging, discerning, and communicating history.
In the course of this lecture, I give some examples of how Christians especially botch our portrayals of history, and how we can correct it. In the two lectures which will follow, I provide much more application, specifically in regard to the historical writing on Southern slavery (Dabney) and the history of racism in our nation.