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September 10 - Evening

"“When God saw what they did and how they
turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.”

– Jonah 3:10

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
When the Unchanging God Changes His Mind    

The word "relented" (NIV, ESV, NAS) is translated "repented" (American Standard, KJ),
"changed his mind" (NRSV, Message, Good News). God altered his plans because the
people altered their behavior. The same thing is true in Jeremiah 18:8:

"If that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it."

This is always true of God responding to a people's repentance by turning from judgment.
God is free to alter his response without having to be placed in the same category as the
typical deities worshipped in the Near East during the days of Jonah and Nineveh (759 BC).
These gods could be manipulated and managed by humans who would meet certain needs
the gods had or appease the gods with rituals. But, the God of Israel was not erratic, could
not be manipulated and certainly did not have any needs.

When the same word that is translated "relented" or "repented" or "changed his mind" in
Jonah 3:10 concerning God's willingness to altering his plan of destruction is used concerning
God's covenant with Abraham, it reads like this:

"God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
– Numbers 23:19

"He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind." -1 Samuel 15:29

In both these verses the reference is to God honoring his promise made in a covenant with
Israel. You will not lie or change the covenant he promised. But, that does not mean God
cannot change his mind or alter his plan in response to human behavior, especially when
they are turning away from evil and towards God.

  Christian Quote from Church History

Martin Luther commenting
on Galatians 2:20:
‘Who loved me and gave himself for me,’ said:
“Here Paul shows us the
true way of justification
and a perfect example
of the assurance of faith. Anyone who can with
a firm and constant faith
say with Paul,
‘I live by faith in the
Son of God, who loved me
and gave himself for me’
is happy indeed.”



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Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Monogenes (Gr) - "Only Begotten" or "One and Only" - is a term used by ancient Greeks to refer to an unique being. Monogenes is a compound word made from:

  • Monos meaning "only, alone, without others"
  • Genos meaning "offspring, stock"

Monogenes then means "only offspring" or "only physical stock."

  Jesus healed a cripple
man at the Pool of Bethesda (John 9:1-4) in Jerusalem north of the Temple.
This pool has been
excavated and the
remains can been seen.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I recognize God's warnings and discipline?
I will make a correction in an area that God has been warning me.
  "Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray."
- Proverbs 10:18
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

Pool of Bethesda - This is a model of Jerusalem as it appeared in 70 AD. Notice the two pools that made up the Pools of Bethesda. The south and north pools can be seen, along with the five colonnaded porches that surrounded it. Each of the four sides had a colonnaded porch. The fifth colonnaded porch would be the covered dam that separated the two pools.
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The Broad Wall was built during Hezekiah’s expansion of the city. Jews from the northern tribes of Israel, who had been overrun by the Assyrians in 721 BC, migrated down to Judah and the city of Jerusalem for protection at this time. They settled outside the city walls to the west on the Western Hill. To protect them and their residences Hezekiah fortified the western part of this newly expanded city around 721 BC with a wall. The uncovered remains of this wall are 23 feet wide and 213 feet long. (click on image for larger size)  
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