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  • Excerpt from “Tracking Kings” – Following the Kings of Israel and Judah

     

     

    Chapter 7 – “A Stone of a Lasting Standard” – David (reign -40 years – BC 1055–1015), pp 47-48

    …Shortly after David’s victory over the Amalekites, a desperate Amalekite came to Ziklag and was granted permission to approach David with news of Saul and Jonathan’s death. Believing that he was doing David a favor, he announced that he had assisted King Saul in ending his life on the battlefield. Even though the stranger had handed David Saul’s crown and bracelet, the entire story had been fabricated. In reality Saul had taken his own life (ISam.31:4) and the Amalekite had evidentially arrived on the battlefield after the fact. David was perplexed as to why the stranger seemed to possess no fear of falling on God’s anointed. Due to David’s high regard for Saul’s position and the death of his dear son, he had the man executed and then spent time grieving over the deaths of the king and Jonathan. After his time of lamenting, “…he bade them teach the children of Judah [the use of] the bow: behold, [it is] written in the book of Jasher” (ISam.1:18). The death of Saul and Jonathan appears to have triggered David’s memory of this ancient work.1  David sought God and was told to go up to Hebron (community). Upon arriving at Hebron anxious leaders soon acknowledged David as Israel’s new king.

    From our perspective of David’s family in Hebron it appears to be anything but ordinary. The Bible does not hesitate in introducing us to David’s six wives and sons – all living in Hebron: (1) Ammon (faith­ful) by Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, (2) Chileab (restraint) of Abigail, (3) Absalom (father of peace) by Maacah (oppression), (4) Adonijah (my lord is Jehovah) by Haggith (festive), (5) Shephatiah (Jehovah judges) by Abital (fresh), and (6) Ithream (residue of the people) by Eglah (heif­er).2    (IISam.3:2–5)

    corresponding end notes for above (pp 403-404)

    1. The mention of this book in itself is most interesting. (1st) It has historical significance, even though it is not part of our inspired text. (2nd) It is mentioned here and in Joshua 10:12–13. (3rd) The title of the book, Jasher, is not a proper name (such as the name of a man) rather, it basically means the book of the upright, or righteous man, or the acts of true Godly people following God. (4th) This book of many writers is a vast collection (91 chapters) of about 90% Scripture covering a period of time from Adam through the Judges. It was a kind of secular chronicle of a major section of Old Testament history. (5th) In our text at hand David is referring to the dying words of Jacob to Judah. In Jasher 56:9 we read, “…only teach thy sons the use of the bow and all weapons of war, in order that they may fight the battles of their brother who will rule over their enemies.” One has to certainly admit that King David was very familiar with the book of Jasher.
    2. Old Testament polygamy appears to have been something God tolerated rather than endorsed. Note the following prophetic passage which foretells of Israel’s desire for a king and its associated warnings:

    When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that [are] about me; 15 Thou shalt in any wise set [him] king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: [one] from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which [is] not thy brother. 16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way. 17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.” (Deu.17:14–17) In the new Testament we read: “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. (Mat.19:4–8)

    Josephus remarked, “For it is an ancestral custom of ours to have several wives at the same time.” In paragraph 19 he recorded that King Herod was married to nine wives at the same time. (Op. cit., volume III, book 17, section 1, paragraph 3, p.472) Wherever we find polygamy we find trouble, confusion and, in the case of the Old Testament, hearts turned many directions away from God.

     

    (pp50-51)

    … Although outsiders may have seen David as being invincible, God quickly taught him that he was a sinner prone to sin just like all the rest of us. God exposed David’s sinful nature and actions to him through Nathan when Nathan addressed David’s affair with Bathsheba (IISam.11–12:7). David’s lament of this entire scenario can be found in Psalm 51. Before fast forwarding in David’s life, one quick observation of God’s revelation must be addressed: After the death of the infant child from this affair, listen to David’s God-given convictions, “But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” (IISam.12:23) Even way back we read of the innocence of children: Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it. (Deu.1:39).

    There is no question but that God has special provision for the in­nocent children and this provision has the same destination as the re­deemed adults!5

    corresponding end note (pp 404-406)

    1. A wonderful study can be found in examining what God has to say about the “book”. Moses would pen –

    And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. 32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. 33 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book. (Ex.32:31–33)

    Under God’s guidance David would record –

    For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. (Psa.139:13–16)

    In the New Testament God reveals additional information by using Paul and John.

    And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow labourers, whose names are in the book of life. (Phil.4:3)

    He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. (Rev.3:5)

    For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? (IJn.5:4–5)

    And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Rev.13:8)

    The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. (Rev.17:8)

    And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. (Rev.20:12–13)

    And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Rev.21:27)

    And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Rev.22:19)

     

    Scripture teaches that at birth one’s name is placed in God’s special book. Unless this same soul dies in infancy (please note ISam.12:16–23), at some unknown point and age this same name is removed from God’s book because of that soul’s sin. Apart from God’s help, that same soul’s name is forbidden back into the book and will remain in said condition through out eternity. The only thing that can re-write that name back into God’s book is a personal cleansing and pardoning by God upon that same soul if and when that same soul personally hears about, believes upon, and trusts in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Based fully upon the merits of Christ, the name therefore remains in God’s book forever!

    Availability

    Although this publication is available from Amazon and Barns and Noble, may I suggest contacting me at Rllroger1948@gmail.com, roger@rogerluther.com, or feel free to call 810. 569.3327.  Also, consider visiting the publisher’s web site. There you will discover an abundance books that will surely grab your attention, edify your soul, and lift up The Lord. pho. 864.836.4111 ext. 104  (the office)fax: 864.610.8047   sspillman@truepotentialmedia.com  or https://www.facebook.com/TruePotentialMedia / or tppress.com   /Digital copies are now available from the publisher, Amazon, or iTunes books. The cost is $9.99.  Tracking Kings sells for $19.95+ S.&H.

    God Bless,

    Roger

     

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  • The Book of Life, As It Effects Babies, The Mentally Challenged, And the Rest Of Us

    There is only one authoritative source for this small but profound doctrine. It is God’s Word. The text is II Sam.12:7-23. Instead of being with his army, for some unknown reason David was back in Jerusalem. From his vantage point, David gazed upon the beautiful young Bathsheba as she bathed. Eventually lust gave way to fulfillment.

    As the war progressed with David’s army even a greater one grew back home. When Bathsheba announced of her pregnancy to David he devised a scheme to rid himself of dealing with her husband and facing open shame as king. Little did he realize this only compounded matters between him and God. God sent the prophet Nathan to expose David’s sin and to pronounce God’s immediate future upon him because of it. Part of God’s plan was for the baby not to survive. [Stay with me now!] Soon after the child’s birth, the infant became seriously ill and David started fasting on the child’s behalf. On the seventh day the child finally died. The servants went in to tell David but were afraid of his possible reaction. After learning that the child had died David arose, cleaned himself, worshipped, and sat down to food. His actions confounded those around. Listen as David responded, “And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell [whether] GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?  But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me. (2Sam.12:22-23)”

    Rest assured that not only is death a one-way door but God has special provision for innocent children and others who are born with mental limitations that prevent them from understanding sin. Their destination is not some type of baby limbo but rather it is the same place as the rest of the redeemed. In many ways, the work of the Holy Spirit was vastly different in the Old Testament from that in the New Testament. Although time will not permit us to examine this in detail, please remember that one functions of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament is that of permanently sealing the redeemed. However, in the Old Testament we observe that the Holy Spirit came upon people to accomplish things (like delivering a message) and then departed. The only Old Testament exception to this is with David. David was completely aware of this and I believe that it is one reason we find it mentioned in David’s lament about this entire mess in Psalm 51. Note carefully verse eleven

    Even Moses, thousands of years ago, had a tremendous theological understanding of such a book. Listen to what he expresses to God after realizing Israel’s terrible sin. “…Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.  32  Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.  33  And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.” (Ex.32:31-33)” From this we note several important things in regards to the book. This book is real and that resides in Heaven. God designed it, and to this very day, retains a perfect record within its covers!  Thus far, we have established that God removes the first time anyone sins, even once, his or her name.

    As we move to the New Testament, clues about this book add to its splendor! “And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow labourers, whose names are in the book of life (Phil.4:3).” Paul considered those who served with him as having their names in, what Moses referred to as “thy book”, Paul now calls “the book of life”.

    Without a doubt, another glorious fact about this most intriguing subject is recorded the last New Testament book. “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels (Rev.3:5).”

    Now we must add, to our little growing doctrine,  the eternal truth that God promises never to remove the name of anyone who overcomes. The prevailing question is – and how does one become an overcomer?   The answer“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (IJn.5:4-5)  The object that needs overcoming is our sinful condition and the way we come over to God’s side is by accepting The Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. In Revelation 13:8,  we note, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” A time is rapidly approaching unlike any before. During this era, all, with the exception of those in this book, now referred to as belonging to the “Lamb,” will be forced by earthly powers to worship a satanically possessed false messiah. Since “all” on the earth will be required to worship him and those in the “book” will not, we must conclude that the latter will be far beyond all earthly searches. In Revelation 17:8, we note a reference to this “book” in events during this great tribulation period. “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” It is noteworthy that not only will this member of the satanic trinity be cast in “perdition” but also all those on the earth do not have their names recorded in “the book of life”.

    Although there is no general judgment described in Scripture, every soul, who has or will tread upon this earth, will at one point pass by the creator and face judgment! In the following passage, we read about the great white throne judgment. “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (Rev.20:11-14)” The text reveals a number of things but please follow along as I point out only a few. At this judgment only the unredeemed will be present, God’s record “books” will be present, “the book of life” will be there, all passing by will be judged out of the “books” not out of “the book of life”, and all present will have the same destination.  Without question, God keeps perfect records and pronounces perfect judgments!

    Revelation has two final references. “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Rev. 21:27)” “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book.(Rev. 22:19)” 

    Now let us tie all of this together. God has a book called “the book of life.” Scripture teaches us that at birth every soul has their name recorded by God in this book. At some point, a child’s indwelling sinful nature comes alive and causes that soul to rebel against God. When this rebellion occurs so does sin and with sin comes the erasing of that person’s name from God’s book. From that unknown point onward, that same soul needs God’s redemption in order to have his name placed back into God’s family register.

    Without any question, the Bible clearly teaches that prior to salvation, one must one must acknowledge their sins, repent of their sins, and trust the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. On the other hand, children who die in a state of innocence have not sinned, therefore, they cannot, and need not, be redeemed. Once a sinning soul is redeemed, or bought back, God re-enters that soul’s name back into His book and assures the recipient that, not only will he never be removed again but also that He was granted eternal citizenship in His city with Him, His entire family, and all the celestial beings! Only those in God’s book have God’s gift!

       Compiled by Dr. R. L. Luther

     


  • Second follow up on mysterious back yard objects

    Today (12-06-17) I spoke once again with Howard at M.S.U. diagnostic services in Lansing, Mi. It was encouraging to hear that the specimen he received was in the same condition as when I sent it; however, he went on to announce that his associates are even more puzzled than when they only had the jpgs and mpegs. Secondly, after briefly discussing the known elements, he said, “There is the possibility that these objects are not as rare as we think but it could be that no one has ever seen them before.” As soon as he has time, Howard plans to personally deliver the object to the geological department rather than send it through campus delivery services. He agreed that in January I should phone for an update.

    Right now, if I do not have this issue resolved by spring I might consider starting a dig in the back yard.

     


  • First reply from M.S.U. Diagnostic Services about our mysterious formations

     

     

    A few days ago (11-14-17) I spoke with Howard at M.S.U. Diagnostic Services in Lansing about the mysterious rock-like formations that appeared within a four-hour period in our back yard. After sharing the earlier received jpegs and mpegs with fellow technicians, he remarked that no one has ever seen anything like these nor do they have any guesses as to their identity. Howard is now determined to get this resolved as much as I do, thus, he requested a specimen and later that day one was in the mail headed his way. He went on to express that he planned to contact and share this weird matter with the biological research department.

    By the way, on the 13th of this month, I discovered three new ones near the area where we frequently walk. Why we had not stepped on them is beyond me!

    I am very confident that this matter will soon be resolved.

    As soon as I receive news, I will pass it on.

     

     


  • Our Mysterious Backyard Find


    Sunday night, October 22, 2017, around 9pm I took our dog (Toby) out to the backyard. When I slide the door open Toby jerked the leash assembly out of my right hand and headed east to the privacy fence, in pursuit of what was probably a raccoon or a rabbit. Nevertheless, when I caught up with him and headed back, my flashlight caught numerous white objects scattered out in an area approximately 10 feet wide 25-30 feet in length in the middle of our back yard. I scanned around a bit and went back into the house.

    Early the next morning I went out back for a better look. My brain had a difficult time accepting this strange phenomenon. These mysterious rock-like things, of about 1-1/2 inch in length, reminded me of limestone driveway gravel but it was easy to note that they were not. Each object was different from another in shape, although, they had many things in common. Their irregular texture revealed that they were made of little tiny compressed particles of about .030 of an inch in diameter. I have no knowledge of the composition of these odorless particles but I sure would like to know.

    As crazy as it sounds, and due to the fact that they are easily crumbled, each object appears to have a unique relationship to its location because none of them had particles nearby on the ground. This leads me to believe that they could have their origin from the earth or from the sky.

    Still another strange fact surfaces: About four hours earlier my wife and I were in the backyard untangling some extension cords. We were in some of the exact locations as the white objects and never noticed them, if they were there. Still another possibility stands up. Due to the rapid growth of about four hours or so, is it possible that one could have witnessed the growth of these bazaar things?

    Later that morning (Oct. 23rd.) I took one to a local home improvement center where contractors gather. Since no one had ever seen anything like this, the owner recommended the nursery on M 52. I left one at the nursery and later in the day they contacted me and were just as perplexed as I was, with the exception of one thing – they were positive it was not from fertilizer.  After I admitted that our yard had not been fertilized  in 1 1/2 yrs., the nursery owner gave me the phone number an extension agent. After several calls around our area, I phoned the agent, Mr. Bob Bricault, at MSU Diagnostic Services. He currently has all that you see below. I await their response.

     

    PS:  Please excuse the mentioned year of 2015 in the video clip. I should of had more coffee before returning to the yard.

      

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  • Roger’s Roller Coaster

    giphy                                        {Introduction}

    While discussing numerous things with a dear friend at church, Mr. “G.” brought up a subject and then said, “No pastor ever writes about these things. They could be encouraging to other believers.” He was referring to an autobiography of a pastor’s life, more specifically, my own.
    Unknown to him, he had successfully managed to instantly flatter and humble me. You see, one of my main objectives in life is to do whatever is needful to encourage the brethren and be pleasing to God but his suggestion seemed to be beyond the realm of my consideration and accomplishment. After all, I have a retirement home to customize, places to go, and an air boat to finish! Even though the flood my negative reasoning grows, I still occasionally hear his words. Months have come and gone since our initial conservation and, would you believe this morning (2-9-16) at breakfast, while reading the second chapter of Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth, Mr. “G’s” suggestion flooded my mind as strong as when first heard! I surmised that since it had been the farthest thing from my mind, and then suddenly overwhelmed my train of thought during Scripture reading, God must be behind this. The moment I submitted to proceeding with the challenge, a high level of peace flooded my soul.
    Thus, I prayerfully begin a long series of anecdotes, deeply praying that God will get the glory and His saints receive some level of strength on the journey of life. Although some focus will be upon me, the greatest focus will be upon Jesus. This will not be a run of the mill typical autobiography.
    Later this week we have preexisting plans to visit relatives in Florida for a few days. Upon returning, I will begin the journey I simply call “Roger’s Roller Coaster.”

     


  • An Interesting Obituary

    Here is an interesting piece sent to me by a friend … well worth the read!

    In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from The public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”
    The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the Beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 Years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
    From bondage to spiritual faith;
    From spiritual faith to great courage;
    From courage to liberty;
    From liberty to abundance;
    From abundance to complacency;
    From complacency to apathy;
    From apathy to dependence;
    From dependence back into bondage.”

    The Obituary follows:
    United States of America”, Born 1776, Died 2016.
    Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the last presidential election:
    Number of States won by: Obama: 19   Romney: 29
    Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000   Romney: 2,427,000
    Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million   Romney: 143 million
    Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:
    Obama: 13.2   Romney: 2.1
    Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government Welfare…”
    Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of Democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase..
    If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal’s – and they vote – then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
    Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory Romney won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country. Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low Income tenements and living off various forms of government
    Welfare…”
    Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of Democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase..
    Summing up the above quotes, if Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal’s – and they vote – then we can say Goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

     


  • Repentance part#3 Does God Repent?

        Two weeks ago, we started looking at this extremely important and, in my opinion, the most neglected Biblical doctrine we have – that of repentance. You may be saying, what about the doctrine of salvation. My dear friends, according to Jesus there is no salvation apart from repentance – (Luk.13:3) “ I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

      God only knows how many times the unsaved have experience pressure produced by despair and run before Him crying out and experiencing a temporal emotional release. It is at this very moment the devil, if given the opportunity, confuses that soul into believing they have just experienced salvation. Apart from truly crying out to God with a broken heart because of their sinful condition and asking God to mercifully, forgive them, and then inviting Him into their hearts as their personal Savior, the personal consequences may be life-long. Except God intervenes by using His word, more than likely through His people, there is a 100% possibility that the rest of their lives will be spent living being submerged in spiritual deception. Thus, it becomes commonplace for believers, who have witnessed their actions, to interact with them as believers when in reality they are not.

    We will continue to address the above issue in upcoming studies but for now let us focus on something deeply connected with this doctrine that is often thought about but rarely studied. Does God repent? It boggles some minds remotely consider this thought.

    The late scholar, Dr. Herbert Lockyer, says, “The word “repent” in its various forms occurs 45 times in the Old Testament, and carries the underlying thought of contrition. Two words are translated repent.”[1] The first word means to sigh or groan; the second word is that of lamenting or groaning. The first word appears about 40 times in the Old Testament and, in most cases, refers to God.

    Once again, does God repent? The answer is both yes and no! In order to assist our understanding in the repentance of God, it is needful to see God as compared to humans. (Num. 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?”

    I. First, we will look at “no” – God does not repent because some of His statements are unconditional.

      A. The first is noticed in Genesis 3:3 –  “But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”

    B.  God had personally instructed Saul through Samuel, (1Sa. 15:3) “Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.” Do to Saul’s disobedience in this assignment, God immediately used Samuel to addresses him once again. (1Sa 15:18-29) “And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed. 19  Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD? 20  And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 21  But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal. 22  And Samuel said, Hath the LORD [as great] delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams. 23  For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from [being] king. 24  And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. 25  Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD. 26  And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. 27  And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. 28  And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, [that is] better than thou. 29  And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he [is] not a man, that he should repent.” 

    C. God’s prophecy to David about the Messiah

    (Psa.110:1-4) “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. 2  The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. 3  Thy people [shall be] willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning:
    thou hast the dew of thy youth. The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”
    NOTE; Heb.7:21

    D.  Because of Israel’s sins:

    (Jer. 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.

     E. God’s unchangeable covenant with Abraham

    (Gen 12:1) “ Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: Gen 12:2  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: Gen 12:3  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

     F. The unchangeableness of some of His actions and decrees

    “God’s repentance is the unmovedness of Himself, while others move and change. The Divine finger ever points to the same spot;

    but man has moved from it to the opposite pole. But as in all repentance there is sorrow, so, reverently be it said, in that of God. It is God’s sorrow of love, as, Himself unchanged and unchanging, He looks at the sinner who has turned from Him.”[2]  Mal.3:6 –  For I [am] the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”

    II. Next we’ll look at “yes” – when God repents because some of His statements are conditional.

    A. When “no” and “yes”  seem to meet –  Adam and Eve knew about God’s mercy and grace early on. Although Adam and Eve’s children had been e instructed in the ways of God, each exceeding generation continued to move farther away from God. Thus, we read of God’s broken and his intentions. (Gen. 6:3-5) “Gen 6:3  And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 4  There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare [children] to them, the same [became] mighty men which [were] of old, men of renown. And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually. 6  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.  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

    B. When people repent of their evil, He repents, or turns from punishment and realizes for the penitent the blessings of His promises. – (Jer 18:5-10) “Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 6  O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay [is] in the potter’s hand, so [are] ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. 7  [At what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy [it]; 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. 9  And [at what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant [it]; 10  If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.  Thus God can repent and relationships, fellowships, and circumstances can change.

     C. As illustrated in of Nineveh

    God told Jonah, (Jon 3:2) “Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.”  Later in Nineveh we hear, (Jon 3:9) “Who can tell [if] God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?”  At the end of His mission in downtown Nineveh, (Jon 3:10) “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.”

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    In Summary:

    There would seem to be a contradiction in Scripture. The Bible says in some places that God never repents. In other Scriptures we discover that God does repent. The statements are not a contradiction. The Bible is never contradictory.

    God’s repentance was and will continue to be  dependent upon His conditional and unconditional covenants made with humankind.

    From these few examples, you see that God repents only when the people encounter, and react with a positive response, to His statements that are conditional. He turns from judgment if people change. He also turnsto judgment if people do not obey His Word.

     

     

     



    [1] Herbert Lockyer. All the Doctrines of the Bible  pg.170

    [2] BIBLE HISTORY OLD TESTAMENT VOL. 4 ISRAEL UNDER SAMUEL, SAUL, AND DAVID TO THE BIRTH OF SOLOMON by Alfred Edersheim,  pg.69


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