Looking Through History's Window by David E. Young Genre: Nonfiction, History
In growing up in a church, and then spending seven years in a Bible College and Seminary, I was blessed to hear many outstanding and gifted preachers and Bible teachers. Many used interesting stories or illustrations to drive their points home. In listing of some of these illustrations, I thought I would like to know more details. Sometimes I wondered (thankfully not too often) if the details of the story were really true or accurate as told. Beyond doubt, this could be partly attributed to years of reading “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” feature in virtually every newspaper’s Sunday comics section. With that in mind, I have included with each illustration not only a title, Scripture verse and topic word, but also the source of the historical story so anyone who is interested can, with the help of modern technology and internet databases, not only find more details regarding the story, but also find documentation to confirm that each story can be validated.
The details of every illustration are, as far as can be validated by historical records, are true.
David Young feels truly blessed! He is now retired and lives with his wife Ruth in Sequim, Washington where he enjoys spending time with his family, especially his 7 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren!
Verse: “And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you he shall by no means lose his reward.” (Matthew 10:42—NKJ)
Were you ever given a nickname that has stuck with you through life? On June 28, 1878,
Molly Ludwig Hayes gained one that has stayed with her not only through her living days, but until today in American history books. And in doing so she left an example of the promise made by Jesus not to forget our service to others.
It was 4:30 a.m. on June 28, 1778 that General Washington ordered his 10,000 troops to attack the 10,000 British troops in the Battle of Monmouth, New Jersey; the longest battle of the American Revolution fought on what was almost the hottest day in New Jersey History. The Americans lost some 40 men from heatstroke and the British had some 60 men die from sunstroke. In the midst of the battle, the wife of an American private, Mrs. Mary, (or Molly, as she was called), picked up a pitcher and went among those dying of wounds and thirst, giving them a drink of the precious water. In those days wives often accompanied their husbands to the battlefield. She continued to do this throughout the burning hours of heat and death, even after her husband was killed. The grateful soldiers began to call her “Molly Pitcher”. The nickname stuck with her the rest of her life. She is memorialized in a famous painting of the time that still hangs in one of our national galleries. The painting depicts her giving water from a pitcher to the thirsty and wounded in the midst of a great battle.
What an illustration of Matthew 10:42 and the words of our Lord, who said that even the gift of a cup of water given in the name of a disciple would not be forgotten by God. Service to others may be remembered by men, as was the case with Molly Pitcher; or even forgotten by men. But it will never be forgotten by God when the final rewards are given.
Bonus material from the book, Looking Through History’s Window, by David E. Young.
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