We often react negatively when we hear the same things over and over again. After all, we got it the first time! Consider some historic facts for a moment.
Jamestown settled in the early 1600’s. Their first efforts involved an attempt 1609 to 1610 which resulted in 80% mortality. This resulted from an erroneous plan for governance. They chose communism as their root where everyone produced for the good of the colony. Some produced and some did not yet those who produced were required to give all they had to the colony. As non producers realized they did not have to work, yet they would receive the same provisions, they relaxed all the more.
In Russia during the cold war before Perestroika, the same situation existed. While Russia farmed over 60% of their land, they could hardly feed their people. The United States farms 20% of its land and produces a massive surplus. The differences are stark and display a purpose.
Though these lessons repeat throughout history, the United States today haas begun to adopt some of these failed philosophies. We need repeated teaching.
In Israel the same circumstance exists, even today. From their very beginning Israel, even with the most vivid and direct displays of power such as the 10 Plagues, the Red Sea division, the deliverance of Canaan and Jericho just to name a few. We could look at God’s deliverance through David or Gideon’s defeat of thousands with hundreds.
Jesus has told Israel that there will be a New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31). He has repeated teaching given by both Isaiah and Jeremiah almost 700 years before Him. Just as Israel regularly forgot the wonders of God in the wilderness, Jesus has to repeat the truths in the New Covenant over and over again.
If we get tired of hearing these truths, it is not because we do not need them, it is because our hearts are hardened and improperly focused. We think we know what we need. Sadly, man’s heart is horribly deceitful and wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). God gives us what we need.
We are encouraged to enjoy the Lord’s supper “as oft as ye do this in remembrance of me.” We are supposed to remember Christ regularly, remember His body broken for us and His blood spilled for us. Why do you hear the gospel regularly? Because the gospel is a person and we preach Christ and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 1:23).
Teaching preachers repeat vital doctrines and truths, truths that their people need deeply imprinted on their hearts. What we should understand then is that repeated teaching means there are those amongst us who do not yet have in them what that truth has for everyone. There is something missing in their relationship with Christ. Those are times we exercise grace and mercy, love and encouragement. Love one another (John 15:12).