Condemned to repeat history?

Many people don’t like to face correction.

The northern ten tribes of Israel in the Divided Kingdom wouldn’t face the truth. The Syrians in the west and the Philistines in the east threatened to surround them, but the harshest threat was soon to come from the north: the Assyrians.

The Syrians had been Israel’s allies against Judah, but God told Isaiah Damascus would soon become a problem for the northern kingdom (Isaiah 9:12). Philistia and Israel had long been enemies, but Israel had almost destroyed the Canaanite nation when David was king. The Philistines were returning to strength and Israel was its target.

Had Israel turned back to God and changed its ways there is evidence God would have forgiven them and delivered them from the terror to come. Israel, however, would not be convinced it was wrong and ignored all the evidence. Samaria, the capital of the Northern Kingdom, was destroyed in 722 B.C. and most of its people suffered Assyrian captivity.

Israel’s people had deceived themselves. They had told themselves they were at peace and no threat existed. They believed their economic success assured their continued existence. They could not have been more wrong.

George Santayana, the 20th Century philosopher, essayist and poet wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It only seems as if history repeats itself. It is the failure of people to learn from their own mistakes.

Israel would not accept the truth Isaiah told them by the inspiration of God (Isaiah 9:15-17). As a result, it was carried away captive. Many people even today will not accept the correction God offers them so they might save themselves.

God gives us a choice to obey him and find salvation or refuse to listen and suffer the consequences. What is your choice?