I will therefore put you in remembrance, though you once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt…
1. Great is the sin of those who despise repeated truths. A Christian must not have an itching, but a humble and obedient ear. Every truth, like a lease, brings in revenue the next year as well as this.
2. Christians must not only receive, but retain also the truths of God. Our memories must be heavenly storehouses and treasuries of precious truths; not like hour-glasses, which are no sooner full but they are running out. To help us in remembering heavenly truths, let us —
(1) Be reverent and heedful in our attentions, as receiving a message from God.
(2) Love every heavenly truth as our treasure; delight helps memory (Psalm 119:16), and what we love we keep.
(3) Our memories should not be taken up with vanities. The memory which is filled only with earthly concerns, is like a golden cabinet filled with dung.
(4) Let instruction be followed with meditation, prayer, conference, and holy conversation; by all these it is hid in the heart the deeper, and driven home more thoroughly (Deuteronomy 6:6, 7; Psalm 119:97).
3. There is a constant necessity of a conscientious ministry. People know and remember but in part, and till that which is imperfect be done away we cannot spare ministerial remembrances.
4. The forgetfulness of the people must not discourage the minister. A boat is not to be cast up and broken in pieces for every leak.
5. The work of ministers is not to contrive doctrines, but to recall them.
(W. Jenkyn, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
WEB: Now I desire to remind you, though you already know this, that the Lord, having saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who didn't believe.