Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me (1).
Sometimes sermons need repetition. Now there’s a radical thought!
Peter writes in 2 Peter 1:12-15: So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.
An Argentinian pastor, Juan Carlos Ortiz, wrote a book entitled, ‘Disciple’. I seem to remember him saying that in his church they repeat the same sermon until they see the congregation doing it! I’m not saying this approach should be copied by everyone. By no means. But I do get the principle. In the great commission, Jesus said to teach people to do everything He commanded. For that to happen, there will be an inevitable degree of repetition through the years. We may find new and fresh ways to express the same things. But there are some ‘same things’ which will require repetition.
I was thinking also, how good of God to keep speaking to us about important issues where we need to change. He comes to us again and again to call us to do his will. But let us learn from Pharaoh that there can come a day where we have gone too far in our resistance, and our hearts are hardened beyond any possibility of responding positively.
If we hear His voice ‘Today’ let’s not be deliberately stubborn (See Hebrews 3,4). We could fail to enter in to all God has for us.