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God Repenting?

There are times the Bible states that God repented for something He had done in the past.

Gen. 6:6-7 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. (KJV)
1 Sam.15:11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night. (KJV)
1 Sam. 15:35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel. (KJV)

Because the wickedness of man’ heart and life had increased to such a degree, it was intolerable to God. It was SO bad that God may have wished that He had never made Him, since man proved so bad; not that repentance can fall on God, for He NEVER changes His mind or alters His purposes, although He does at times change the course and special considerations of His wisdom. Because of man's vile wickedness, and to show His hatred and displeasure at it, He resolved within Himself to destroy him. Although he is my creature, the work of My Hands, I have made him out of the Earth, and made him lord of it; I shall now show my intense hatred of his wickedness, and for the honor of My justice, I shall destroy him, just as a potter takes a vessel he dislikes, when he has made it, and dashes it to pieces. God resolved to send a flood of waters on the Earth, which should wash off man from the earth, like so much dust upon it, just as dust is carried off by a flood of water. God is a remarkable Being, with a great abomination and hatred of sin.

There are multiple times the Bible states that God repented or would repent, of something He was about to do in the future.

Exodus 32:12-14 Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. 13  Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever. 14  And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people. (KJV)
2 Sam. 24:16And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD was by the threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite. (KJV)
1 Chron. 21:15 And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD stood by the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. (KJV)
Psalm 106:45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies. (KJV)  
Jeremiah 4:28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it. (KJV)
Jeremiah 18:8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. (KJV)
Jeremiah 26:3If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings. (KJV)
Jeremiah 26:13 Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you. (KJV)
Jeremiah 26:19 Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? did he not fear the LORD, and besought the LORD, and the LORD repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them? Thus might we procure great evil against our souls. (KJV)
Jeremiah 42:10 If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you. (KJV)
Joel 2:13-14 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 14  Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God? (KJV)
Amos 7:3 The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD. (KJV)
Amos 7:6The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD. (KJV)
Jonah 3:9-10 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? 10  And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. (KJV)
Jonah 4:2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. (KJV)

The Lord repented, He hears His people’s prayer, and often stops from going on with the entire destruction He has threatened. The whole land would not be destroyed, only a part of it was carried captive. Dear one, God does hear the prayers of His people (Jew and Gentile Gal.3:26-29), and He intervenes in the threatened judgment; for the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (Jam.5:16). It seems that when the Lord does repent, He calls a halt from going on with this judgment . . . He does not change His mind, but changes the dispensations of His wisdom,  according to His Mind and His will, because of the prayers of the righteous ones.
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (KJV)
How I love this! Faith in Christ makes ALL believers one in Christ. ALL believers are His heirs, NO one is more privileged or superior to anyone else. All people in Christ are my brothers and sisters, no matter the color of their skin. It is the color of their heart that should interest us. “There is neither male nor female.” Christ make us one in Christ. Isn’t that wonderful?

When God repents, He does not change His Mind; but He has compassion on them, and changes His way and course of wisdom to them, according to His unchangeable will. The Lord is ever mindful of the covenant of His grace for His people, for their good; He remembers the Promises He has made, and He remembers for whom it is made, and never forgets His people. He remembers it is made with His Son, the Surety, Messenger, and Mediator of it. He remembers that He is their covenant God and Father, and will be so forever. He remembers His lovingkindness, which has been ever of old, which is the source and foundation of it.

Something else to consider: the Bible also tells us that God will NOT repent.

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (KJV)
Psalm 110:4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. (KJV) . . . He will never repent of the priesthood of Christ.
Ezekiel 24:14 I the LORD have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith the Lord GOD. (KJV) . . . He will never repent or change the course and method of Providence; but abide by the decree gone forth, and the sentence pronounced, and thoroughly execute it.
Jeremiah 4:27-28 For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end. 28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it. (KJV)
1 Sam. 15:11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night. (KJV) . . . The Lord changes the outward dispensations of His wisdom, but He never changes and alters the methods of His grace; although He repented that He made Saul king, He never repents of His making His saints kings and priests for Himself.
1 Sam. 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent. (KJV)
1 Sam. 15:35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel. (KJV)

Consider: Man is a creature made up of a body of flesh and blood and of a soul. Man is a created and finite spirit; while God, although He has the parts of a human body attributed to Him in a symbolic sense, yet He is NOT to be considered in a physical manner. God is a Spirit (Jn.4:24), eternal, immense, and immeasurable; not a sinful man who goes astray from the womb speaking lies (Ps.58:3). Only God is true, and every man a liar. He is God, He cannot lie, and His counsels of old are faithful and true.
His Promises stand firm in Christ; the Scriptures inspired by Him are absolutely true, and the prophecies of them are, or shall be precisely accomplished, especially what He foretold of the people of Israel. They shall one day be happy, inherit the land of Canaan, and God shall be true and faithful to them.

There is NO way whatsoever, that God would be false and unfaithful to His Word. God never changes His mind, because He knows the end from the beginning (Isa.46:10), never alters His counsels, purposes and decrees, and never varies in His affections to His people (Jew or Gentile), never makes void His Promises to them, nor His covenant with them. His calling of them is by His grace, and His gifts of grace bestowed on them, are without repentance (Rom.11:29) and above all with respect to His people. There is no reason to believe that God would change His purposes or Promises regarding their outward happiness, or that He ever would be prevailed upon to curse Israel, or allow them to be cursed, when He was determined, and had absolutely promised that He would bless them. Dear one, what He hath said, shall He not do it? YES! Absolutely! Whatever He hath spoken, He shall make it good, for there is no variableness nor shadow of turning (Jam.1:17) in His mind; He never forgets His Word, He foresees all events, He is well able to perform all He has spoken, He is true and faithful; so whatever is gone out of His lips will never be altered, but will be most certainly fulfilled (Ps.89:34; Isa.14:24, 27).

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