History’s Lessons

Someone, somewhere said, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Is that true? Is that statement in harmony with the Bible? Read Jeremiah 3:6-10. Let me summarize: The northern kingdom of Israel had disobeyed God and turned to the worship of idols. As a result, God allowed them to be conquered and carried away into Assyrian captivity. Israel’s sister kingdom Judah saw it all happen. Jeremiah wrote, “And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.” (Jeremiah 3:7) Did they learn anything? No! Again Jeremiah wrote, “And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart…” (Jeremiah 3:10) That is, Judah learned nothing from the lesson of watching Israel’s destruction – they went down the same path.

We need to learn from history – especially Bible history. And what is the greatest lesson of Bible history? It’s that those who obey and serve God are eventually blessed and those who disobey and rebel are destroyed.