Zechariah 1:6 says”But did not my words and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, overtake your ancestors? “Then they repented and said, ‘The LORD Almighty has done to us what our ways and practices deserve, just as he determined to do. When you and I don’t learn from our mistakes and failures we tend to repeat them and become stagnant as though we don’t need to learn anything else. One thing that God detest and that is a person who does not have a teachable spirit.
In Zechariah we see that he needed to learn from his past mistakes, his Hebrew forefathers had failed to show Yahweh, God warned Zechariah to take heed and not follow in their footsteps, but how many of us have followed in others footsteps because we thought they knew what they was doing? Or because they seem to have knowledge about it? We all can say yes we have surely done it.
Israel had been warned for many years to warn the future generations about what will come. God sent prophets to speak to them and cautioned them and still they turned a deaf ear. The people failed to repent even though they repeatedly did as they wanted. And so here we see Zechariah who found himself in a very similar predicament.
What was Zechariah going to do? Was he going to become teachable? Or was he going to ignore what the people did in the past and make the same mistakes and not learn from history? And so Zechariah spoke to the people and said these words, Just as the Lord of host determined to do to us, according to our ways and according to our deeds, so He has dealt with us.
In today’s world and in our very own lives we see over and over the same mistakes time after time, and yet we haven’t learned from those mistakes. What would happen if we all learned from our past mistakes and did a new thing?