I am going to type up a little intro for this video and then I am going home for the evening. Wait. First I am going to grab some artwork from the internet in order to insert a picture here in the text and then I will go home and save the typing for tomorrow. Hold on. I think I should just head home and wait until tomorrow to do it all. Actually, if I can finish it all now then I will be able to other things tomorrow.
Decisions, decisions, decisions.
We all struggle with decisions and we often look back and regret some of the choices we made. Sometimes these are small regrets, while other times we would almost give anything to go back and make some changes. At least we know that God never changes his mind…or does he?
This week we will be learning about the Flood from Genesis 6. One of the most difficult issues in the text comes in verse 6 where it reads, “And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.”
He was sorry. Some translations say that he regretted making man. Did God mess this one up? Did he make a bad decision? Does he change his mind?
I hope to give you some guidance in this video as to how to approach this question theologically. I don’t know if your lesson will deal much with his verse or if anyone in your class will really press this issue. I want you to be ready to give an answer, though.
Study well. Pray much. Teach like you believe what is written in the book. Rest in grace.
Here is an article from Christianity today that gives a good perspective on how to see the love of God even in the midst of what looks like a harsh response to human activity.
When we consider the issue of God changing his mind, Exodus 32 comes to mind. This is the text that tells us that while God was ready to wipe out his people, at Moses’ pleading he relented. IMB president David Platt preached a great message on this text last year at a “Together for the Gospel” conference in Louisville, KY. You can watch a video of that message here.
I copied a few pages from Wayne Grudem’s, Systematic Theology regarding the unchangeableness, or immutability, of God. This is a good resource to help you think through some of the things that I bring up in the video. Grudem says it better than me, for sure.