Emotions

Thursday, Nov. 3                      

Most of us believe that God does not change.  That is supported in Scripture.  Malachi 3:6 says:“For God does not change.”  Heb. 13:8. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”  God’s omniscience also supports this.  Since God knows everything—past, present, and future, He obviously would not need to change His mind because of events or decisions made by men.  There are, however, Scriptures that would seem to contradict that.  After the golden calf incident Moses pleaded for God to spare the Israelites and God listened.  “the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster that he had threatened.”  Ex. 32:14.  After God had chosen Saul to be king he failed miserably, and God replaced him with David.  He said “I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instuctions.”  1 Sam. 15:11.  The Hebrew root word for words like “relented” and “grieved” express an emotion, not a decision.  In the two cases cited and others, the texts reflect how God felt about the issue.  The decisions made took place in eternity past, long before the events ocurred.  Since we are made in God’s image, we have emotions, and we can understand God having emotions.  A God without emotions would be intolerabl.  Just think ab out it.. No love, no mercy, no grace.  Oh-Oh.  No salvation.

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