Forgetfulness isn’t generally something we consider a virtue. Which is why it was an initial surprise to me that, in Isaiah 43, the prophet issues a call to “forget the former things; do not dwell on the past” (Isaiah 43:18 NIV). The Olive Tree Bible Overview in the Bible Gateway Study sidebar provides some helpful context, pointing out that Isaiah 43 is part of what is often considered the second distinct section of the book of Isaiah. This section, which “is a message primarily of comfort and hope to the exiled community of Judah,” is comprised of chapters 40-55 and…

“This do in remembrance of Me.” 1 Corinthians 11:24 Christians will sometimes forget Christ! There would be no need for Paul’s loving caution if there were not a fearful supposition that our memories might prove treacherous. This is not merely conjecture, because it is sadly too well confirmed in our experience. Forgetting Christ is not just a possibility, but a lamentable fact. It would seem almost impossible that those who have been redeemed by the blood of the dying Lamb, and loved with an everlasting love by the eternal Son of God, could forget our gracious Savior. But, if startling…