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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Does God Change?

We read in, 1 Samuel 15:29;

“He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man, that He should change His mind.”

Also 1 Samuel 15:34;

“And the Lord was grieved that He had made Saul king over Israel.”

His purpose, also, is unchangeable; it is called “His eternal purpose” (Ephesians 3:11). He says: “My counsel shall stand” (Isaiah 46:10). He is said, in Scripture, “to repent”; but, in the same chapter (1 Samuel 15), in which it is twice said that God repented, it is also stated: “He is not a man, that He should change His mind.” God is said to repent when He effects such a change in His work as would, in human actions, proceed from repentance. Repentance, in men, implies grief of mind, and change of work.

To destroy the world by the great flood, God remained unchanged. No other language could so impressively represent God’s abhorrence of man’s wickedness to be the cause of the deluge, as that used by the Genesis writer: “And Jehovah repented that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him in His heart.” (Genesis 6:6).
 

Lord Jesus, Rock of Ages cleft for us, We believe Your Word stands forever and You are the same, yesterday, today and forever.

Amen.

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