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|NASB||Exodus 32:10 "Now then let Me alone, that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them; and I will make of you a great nation."|
|Exodus 32:10 "Now therefore, let Me alone and do not interfere, so that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them; and I will make of you (your descendants) a great nation."|
|Bible Question: It seems to me that here God is going to destroy the Israelites, yet later, relents. Does this mean God can change his mind?|
Bible Answer: Greetings Diomede,
"Some Scriptures say that God does not change His mind (1 Samuel 15:29). Other Scriptures seem to portray God changing His mind (1 Samuel 15:11). What are we to make of this?"
"On the one hand God is unchanging in His essence or nature (Malachi 3:6) and is unchanging in His eternal purposes (see Ephesians 1). But this does not mean that God is some kind of Robot-Automaton who cannot interact with His creatures and respond to them."
"God promised to judge the Ninevites but then withheld judgment after the entire city repented (see the Book of Jonah). Many people fail to realize that God has what you might call a built-in repentance clause to His promises of judgment. This clause is found in Jeremiah 18:7-10:
"If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it." [NIV]
"What we see here is that God changes His policy toward man when He beholds a change in the actions of man. God is a God of mercy. And when He sees repentance, He responds with mercy and grace. We should all be thankful that God is this way. If God gave us what we actually deserved, we'd all end up in hell."
[Taken from pgs. 139-140, "The Complete Book of Bible Answers, Ron Rhodes, 1997, Harvest House Publishers]
I hope that this helps!
Blessings to you,
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