Scripture: Exodus 32
I read this passage this morning in worship and was somewhat confused. In the middle of the passage Moses petitions God, asking Him to spare His wrath on Israel for making a molten calf and worshipping it. He prays: "LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand? Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit [it] for ever. " It appears that Moses is counselling God and that God heeds the advice of man because afterwards "the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people." (exodus 32: 11-14) Is that consistant with Romans 11:34 (For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?) Would God have wiped out Israel if Moses had not questioned Him? Did God need Moses to call Him to repent? Is it possible for God to have to repent unto Himself? Is it possible for God to think evil thoughts?
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