Someone once said “History repeats itself.” Since then, many people have modified the quote into a variety of forms; George Bernard Shaw stated “If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.”
We all know intuitively that while knowing history may be beneficial, it does not repeat itself. Some of you would probably still disagree; therefore, I’ve put together some proof for you:
1) Man and earth were only created one time*
2) Noah only saved the animals once (only one flood – a promise from God in Genesis 9:11)
3) Jesus was only born once, crucified once, resurrected once; He is only returning one time to gather Christians worldwide
Ok, maybe still some skeptics . . .
4) There was only one American Revolution
5) Technology doesn’t regress to historical levels
6) You can’t go back in time and repeat a day of your life
Despite how hard we claim that knowing history is beneficial so that we don’t repeat it, we just can’t repeat it, no matter what we do. It’s not going to happen. Therefore, we don’t need to study history! (Can you tell I’m not a history buff?)
That said, we MUST study history! Why? Not so we don’t repeat it, but so that we can learn from it.
1) Jesus died for us
2) He told us He is coming back for us
3) Our lives before Christ were corrupt and we must change for the better
If we didn’t know what happened in the past, we couldn’t predict the future. While history will not repeat, it does forecast what may and will happen in the future. Jesus came (historically) to tell us about a day in the future that God will create a new Heaven and new earth* (ok, so some things repeat themselves – sort of).
This new Heaven and earth is a place where God “will dwell with [men] and they shall be His people… God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be nor more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:3-5 NKJV).
Unfortunately, some people will never learn from history and they will continue their wicked ways. They shall “have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Rev 21:8). Do you know anyone that needs to learn from history and the knowledge of the future?
* Genesis 1 describes the first creation of Heaven, earth, and man.
1 Corinthians 15:40-49 describes the future resurrected body (man).
Revelation 21:1-2 describes the new Heaven and new earth replacing the first.