History is very important and does have a purpose. The ancient Sumerians, Babylonians, and Egyptians knew this and often wondered the meaning of history and where it was heading. They carefully preserved the ways of their ancestors and treasured whatever they had of the past. But this sense of history was lost with the fall of Rome and the coming of the dark ages. Western society lost contact with its heritage. In fact, medieval art and literature had to illustrate Scripture with people who wore medieval clothing and lived in castles. Even today modern technology has blinded us from the depths of the past.
"Behind 10,000 events stands God, the builder of history, the maker of the ages. Eternity bounds the one side, eternity bounds the other side, and time is in between---Genesis-origins, Revelation-endings, and all the way between God is working things out. You can go down into the minutest detail everywhere and see that there is one great purpose moving through the ages, the eternal design of the almighty God to redeem a wrecked and ruined world. The Bible is one book, one history, one story, His story."