Mama's repeat themselves...A LOT!
"Did you wash your hands?" "Don't bother the dog!!" "Be KIND one to another!" "CHILDREN, OBEY your parents for this is RIGHT!" "Brush your teeth" "Sit properly in your seat!"
...I was always taught that if something is repeated in the Bible that it means, "PAY ATTENTION, this is IMPORTANT!"
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 (See?... he's giving emphasis to the importance of being born again!)
In my favorite Bible study, I noticed how many times Isaiah 44 and 45 records the words, "This is what the Lord says" or "I am the LORD, and there is no other." (psst...it's A LOT! About a dozen times)
God's repetition in these chapters makes it so clear that he wants to be known. He wants it clearly understood how powerful He is...and His Sovereign position over all creation.
I've heard it said that certain educational studies have shown that we need to have things repeated 18 times in order to internalize them. What a good reason to make Scripture memorization a priority. Ooo...how many ways can you spell...C.O.N.V.I.C.T.I.O.N. Ouch!
So, what does this all say about God's words and my confidence in them? God's words are TRUTH! He is in control...always has been and always will be...I can and should have full trust and confidence in HIM...alone!
As I repeat cyclical, often trivial words to my children this week...I will be thinking of these TRUTHS that God patiently repeats to me...His child! I'm so thankful He is patient with me...and says it AGAIN, and again, and AGAIN!