• William T. Howe Ph.D.

February 7, 2021

Daily Reading: Leviticus 19-21

Leviticus 20:2

Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel...

God is a God of repetition. Here He tells Moses to tell the people of Israel something again. The word Again is used 651 times in Scripture, almost 10 times per book on average. Yes, God is a God of repetition. For several reasons.

One, this is how we learn. In grade school the alphabet is repeated over and over again, someone even came up with a little song to help children memorize it. The multiplication tables are drilled over and over again in various ways to make sure that children learn them. To memorize the books of the Bible takes continual repetition, and there is even a little song for this. Humans learn through repetition. Few are the people who "get it the first time." Most of us have to have lessons over and over again until we learn the lesson. Right?

Another reason God uses repetition is to focus one’s attention. We may know certain things, but unless we are reminded of that which we know on an ongoing basis we may lose focus on it. This is why it is so important to tell those you love "I love you" over and over again. This is why parents tell their children to "be careful" over and over, to focus them on personal safety. This is also why God Almighty, knowing our limitations reminds us of certain truths over and over again in Scripture.

A third reason for repetition is that oftentimes a little new is added with that which we already know. Most of Leviticus chapters 20 and 21 is a repetition of laws that have already been given to Israel, yet new details are added. Isaiah 28:13 states: But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little... This is how we learn. A precept is taught, then another precept is taught upon the first. If a person misses the first, they cannot understand the second. Line upon line, here a little, and there a little.

This failure to learn progressive lessons which build upon each other is the reason for so many false doctrines. Many who know little about the complete Bible, jump to fantastic and very advanced verses, take them out of context, and build an entire doctrine that is not based upon sound Biblical interpretation. It is like they jump to Algebra without knowing their multiplication tables. Or they believe they are experts on the U.S. Government, but cannot name the three branches of the Government.

Yes, God is a God of repetition. Just like every parent who ever said "If I told you once, I've told you a thousand times..."

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today

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