There were certain teachings of Jesus that He repeated hoping the disciple would remember, especially those that would affect their ministry after He left them. Here are a few:
· His warning about false teachers (Matthew 24:11 and 24; Mark 13:23).
· The disciples forgot the meaning of Jesus feeding the five thousand (Matthew16:9).
· Peter forgot Jesus’ warning about denying the Lord (Matthew 26:75; Mark 14:72; Luke 22:61).
· Jesus would be rejected, be killed, and rise the third day (Luke 9:22, 44 and 24:6)
Paul had no problem repeating himself in letters, reminding churches he had planted what he told them when they were established. “Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you” (Philippians 3:1).
I am afraid we tend to turn off in our minds persons who repeat things we have heard before. I well remember my mother giving the same instructions again and again to be sure I did not forget. It may be that our ‘selective hearing’ happens because we want to justify ‘selective obedience.’ As faithful mothers repeat themselves and faithful teachers repeat themselves so we remember to do what is right, we need to be thankful they did not give up. Those who really care about our spiritual well-being never get weary of repeating the same instructions so they become etched on our hearts. For us, this is safe.
Do you get irritated when someone repeats instructions to be sure you heard? I have! We must realize they have our spiritual well-being in their interest and care for our souls (Hebrews 13:17).
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