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The Lord Relented

Exodus 32:14

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Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened. (Exodus 32:14 NIV)

Does God change his mind? God’s response to the golden calf and Moses’ intercession on behalf of the people give that impression. But that really only makes sense if God does not know the future and has to change his plans as time rolls along. If, as most Christians believe, God does know the future, and has an eternal purpose, then there would really be no occasion to change his mind.

So what should we make of this passage? The biggest takeaway for me is that it reflects the effectiveness of prayer; it is a lesson in prayer. As believers, we are encouraged to pray, intercede for others, and make requests. And the assumption in prayer is that God hears and responds. Effective prayer makes a difference in how God interacts with us. This would seem to indicate that God has a fairly fluid plan for the world, one that is changeable according to our prayers,

Our Prayer Was Know from Creation

But what that fails to take into consideration is that God knew what our prayer would be from before creation, which would allow him to develop a pretty comprehensive plan; a plan that took into account our prayer. From Moses’ perspective, God seemed to have changed his mind. But in reality, Moses’ intercession was known from the beginning, as was the response God would make to his intercession. Moses’ intercession for Israel did change their history, but it did not change God’s established plan for them.

In prayer, God gives us an opportunity to participate in the administration of the creation. And why does he give us this privilege/responsibility? I believe it provides us with training for our future with him. Just like giving my young children the opportunity to make real choices that affect both themselves and the family helps to prepare them for adulthood.

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Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

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