A Clair Auker

Bearing the Bad News

After Absalom’s death, Ahimaaz asked Joab’s permission to carry to King David what he thought was good news, “how that the LORD hath avenged him of his enemies” (2Sa 18:19). Apparently Ahimaaz was recognized as a good-news messenger, as the king later said, “He is a good man, and cometh with good tidings” (v27). so Joab, knowing the king would receive the message as bad news, told Ahimaaz, “Thou shalt not bear tidings this day, but thou shalt bear tidings another day: but this day thou shalt bear no tidings, because the king's son is dead.” Joab then sent Cushi to bear the tidings.

Does God Repent?

Does God repent? According to some Scriptures (such as num.23:19; 1Sam.15:29), the answer is, "no, God does not repent." Other Scriptures (such as Gen.6:6; 1Sam.15:11,35) tell us, "Yes, God does repent."

How shall we reconcile these seemingly opposite answers? Also, how can an unchanging, immutable God repent?


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