4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
-Have you ever wondered why the mistakes of God’s men and women are recorded in scripture? David had a nearly unblemished record, why mention his adultery? (2 Samuel 11) Abraham had great faith, why tell us about his attempt to pass his wife off as his sister for fear of an Egyptian Pharaoh? (Genesis 20) The answer is found right here in Romans 15:4. Often in life we have to learn from our mistakes and God is giving us the gift of learning from the mistakes of others so that we can avoid the same snares. A man tempted with adultery can see the end of David’s sin and steer clear. Someone who is acting out of fear of man can feel Abraham’s shame and learn that God is faithful. Just think of all the terrible experiences we can avoid simply by respecting biblical insight.