Reading Note – 1 Kings 13 – Does God Change His Mind?

The Fine Art of Listening to God

For some strange reason, God instructed the prophet not to eat anything when he went to speak to Jeroboam. For some strange reason, the other prophet took it upon himself to get the prophet to eat. So he lied that God had told him to feed him. The 1st prophet accepted this and ate with the 2nd prophet. But apparently, God hadn’t changed his mind and he punished the 1st prophet for disobedience. I suppose he should have made sure he had God’s instructions correctly – assuming that God does change his mind.

So, Does God Change His Mind?

God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? – Numbers 23:19

This verse is part of a prophecy the Balaam spoke. Balak hired Balaam, a prophet of God, to curse Israel, but Balaam ended up blessing them. Balak was upset, so God gave him this message through Balaam; that He has blessed Israel and he will not take back that blessing, because he always does what he says he will do. So, this says nothing about whether God can change his mind about instructions. It simply says that he keeps his promises.

Still, in all the years I’ve been reading the Bible, I’ve never seen God give an instruction and then take it back. I would be glad to get examples if anyone has them.


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