Everyone makes mistakes and we can all learn from our mistakes. Experience is a teacher but it is not the best teacher and it is a hard way to learn. The best teacher and an easy way to learn is from the Word of God and wisdom of God which can teach us from other people’s mistakes. The wisdom from God will also teach us before the fact instead of after the fact (and pain). The mistakes people made are included in Scripture for our learning and warning. Romans 15:4 says, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” A similar exhortation is in 1 Corinthians 10:11 which says, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” With that in mind I’d like to share a teaching and say, “Thank you,” to (the late) Dr. George Evans and Dr. Mark T. Barclay for this lesson and sober warning they entitled, “SEVEN REPENTERS.”
Seven men in Scripture said, “I have sinned”(confessed). Six were judged (or experienced a tragedy) and one was not. The six that were judged only said, “I have sinned” after God put His finger on it (pointed it out to them). The one who wasn’t judged but blessed said it BEFORE God put His finger on it. Judge yourself and you will not be judged 1 Corinthians 11:31, 32.
1. PHARAOH – Exodus 9:27, 14:28; 15:4 Pharaoh and his army were drowned in the Red Sea.
2. BALAAM – Numbers 22:34; 31:8 Died in the enemy’s camp, slain by the sword.
3. ACHAN – Joshua 7:20; 7:25 Stoned for his sin.
4. SAUL – 1 Samuel 15:24; 31:4 Suicide.
5. DAVID – 2 Samuel 12:13; 12:23 Death of his sons.
6. JUDAS – Matthew 27:4, 5 Suicide (hanged himself).
7. PRODIGAL – Luke 15:21-24 Restored and blessed.
I think I’ll follow the Bible’s wisdom which says, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy Proverb 28:13.”