Alleged Contradictions in Scripture – Part 2

 


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Alleged Contradictions In Scripture

Part 2 – Does God Need To Repent of Evil?

Exo 32:14  And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

1Sa 15:29  And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

Introduction

If “the Lord repented of the evil which He thought to do unto His people”, how can He then tell us “He is not a man that He should repent”? In the very same 15th chapter of 1Samuel we are told:

1Sa 15:35  And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.

This is but one of many examples of how God’s Word is written for the very purpose of blinding the eyes of those who are not chosen by God in this age to believe in Christ and abide in His Words. There is a very clear answer to this and every apparent contradiction in scripture, but it requires Christ’s faith within us to withstand the onslaught of attacks against the word of God.

Before we answer this oft repeated accusation against the Word of God, I want to let you know that I have been asked over and over, maybe by some of you, ‘How can I present the Truth in a way that my family and friends cannot deny it or fail to see it?’ I think that by now we have all come to know that there is no way you or I can make a blind man to see, especially when he has been intentionally blinded by Christ Himself, which is one of the very reasons Christ came into this world:

Joh 9:39  And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind
Joh 9:40  And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? 
Joh 9:41  Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. 

It is obvious that the Lord is not attempting to convert the world at this time. At this time He has sent an evil spirit “that they which see might be made blind [to] the things of the spirit”. It is not because men are not physically intelligent. Some of the world’s most intelligent people are atheists or agnostics for this very reason:

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The words, “Because they are spiritually discerned” makes “the natural man”, religious or secular, furious with resentment. They will always retort with something like, “Oh, so you think you have some kind of superior knowledge?” just as Joseph’s brothers responded to his dreams of ruling over them. The Pharisees certainly did not believe that some son of a carpenter, Christ, was closer to God than they. So they certainly did not think of themselves as being blind. To those Pharisees, Christ’s miracles were nothing more than the dreams of the dreamer of Deu 13:

Deu 13:1  If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 
Deu 13:2  And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
Deu 13:3  Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 
Deu 13:4  Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
Deu 13:5  And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.

We read of Christ’s miracles, and we think those people were incredibly blind to fail to see who Christ was. But the truth be known, you and I would have been right there with that mob crying out “Crucify Him” were it not for the grace of God.

This is what Christ Himself told His own disciples:

Joh 6:44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:45  It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

Once again the Word is given to us in a manner which serves to hide the Truth being conveyed to us. You are blessed to know that the word ‘draw’ is much better translated as ‘drag’, and that what we are being told is that ‘no man can come to [Christ] except the Father drag him’. Not even the Concordant Version has the word ‘drag’ here in this critically important verse of scripture. I have a lot of translations, and I could not find a single translation, not Rotherhams, not Young’s Literal Translation, and none of the literal translations have the word ‘drag’. They all have the word ‘draw’, leaving the impression that Christ subtly draws us to Himself, like a man courting a woman.  The Song of Solomon certainly has a place in our experience with our Lord as our husband, but that part of our experience comes only after our old man has been dragged to the guillotine of the fiery Word of God and decapitated as David decapitated Goliath.Just as in the days when Christ was on this earth, the vast majority of His disciples cannot receive His fiery, purging words which treat this body of flesh as if it “profited nothing”, and “they [go] back and walk no longer with Him”:

Joh 6:58  This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
Joh 6:59  These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.
Joh 6:60  Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?
Joh 6:61  When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?
Joh 6:62  What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
Joh 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Joh 6:64  But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
Joh 6:65  And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
Joh 6:66  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 

This purging and pruning of the Lord’s flock has been taking place in every generation, and it is being accentuated as this age comes to an end. A perverted doctrine of “love, love, love”, with no thought or care for the Biblical definition of what Godly love entails (1Jo 5:2-3], will not profit those who think it is possible to love God without being obedient to His Word. Christ’s own faith is required to please God, and anyone who does not believe that scripture in the Word of God simply has not yet been given the faith to do so. That person “cannot come to [Christ] except the spirit drag him”.

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

“He that comes to God must believe that He is, [but] faith… is the gift of God”, so that whether we believe or do not believe, it is a work that God is working in us “both to will and to do of His good pleasure”. It just happens to please him, at this time, to be in the process of blinding those who think they see and that includes almost every person on this earth (Joh 9:39 and Rev 12:9).

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

The faith, or the lack of faith, are both a work of the God who “works all things after the counsel of His own will”.

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

What an incredible statement! Whether we have the faith to see and understand the words of Christ, or whether we have no faith and He has come to blind us, both are a work which He is performing “after the counsel of His own will”:

Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 
Eph 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Eph 1:5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Eph 1:6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Eph 1:7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 
Eph 1:8  Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
Eph 1:9  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself
Eph 1:10  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 

Here is verse 10 in the ACV version:

Eph 1:10  for an administration of the fullness of the times. To gather together all things in the Christ, things in the heavens and things upon the earth,

If we are given to believe that God has predestined us to “sonship” (uihothesia – G5206), “the Christ”, for an administration of ‘the fulness of times, to gather together all things in (us), the Christ… the church, the fulness of Him who fills all in all’, then we have been given that faith, and most people will think you and I are on a delusional ego trip, just as Joseph’s brothers thought of him when he, as a type of us, was given dreams of rulership. There were many reasons why Joseph was hated of his brothers, and one of those reasons was the same reason you and I are hated of our fellow ‘Christians’.

This is the Old Testament shadow of “an administration of the fullness of the times. To gather together all things in the Christ…”:

Gen 37:3  Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
Gen 37:4  And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
Gen 37:5  And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. 

These verses are also the Old Testament shadow of what Christ tells us in Mat 10:

Mat 10:22  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Our heavenly Father has favored us to know Him and His Word. Our Christian brothers do not know the Christ we know, nor do they know His Word, and they hate us simply because we speak the truth. That is the reason Christ was so hated:

Joh 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
Joh 8:46  Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
Joh 8:47  He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

Joh 8:55  Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.

Gal 4:16  Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

But Matthew 10:22 tells us we will “be hated of all men”, and that is exactly what has happened in every generation since Christ. But that hatred is getting progressively “worse and worse” leading up to “the redemption of the purchased possession”:

Eph 1:12  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 
Eph 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 
Eph 1:14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

2Ti 3:12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2Ti 3:13  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 

The entire Bible is now regarded as mere myth by both government and the vast majority of professing Christian laymen and ministers. The day has now arrived when these words have become an outward reality:

Luk 18:8  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

People have been predicting the imminent return of Christ from the day He ascended up from His disciples into the clouds (Act 1:9). Because it has been so long and because so many predictions have been proven to be false prophecies by false prophets, many Christians have begun to think exactly as the apostle Peter predicted they would:

2Pe 3:3  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2Pe 3:4  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

It is true that it has been a long time since the fathers fell asleep, but what should that tell us, if Christ is within us? Should we therefore assume it is still going to be a long time before “the promise of His coming” to give us “the redemption of the purchased possession”? Or should we not rather live as if “Christ is at hand”? This is what the holy spirit tells us:

Mar 1:14  Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
Mar 1:15  And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

That is the mindset of Christ and of His Christ. Rather than teach that there are many years yet before the kingdom of God arrives, this is how you and I ought to be living our lives:

Rom 13:12  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Rom 13:13  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
Rom 13:14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Php 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

The Christ of Christ does not make false prophecies simply because they never “think above what is written”. But this is written, and it would behoove us to give heed to these words:

2Pe 3:5  For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
2Pe 3:6  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
2Pe 3:7  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 

On Thursday Salon.com made this report concerning the free reign of Satanism in a country that has rejected God and has completely lost its way:

“A Satanist member identified only as Mary Doe was denied an abortion at a Planned Parenthood office last month because of the restrictions, and the Satanic Temple sued the state last month seeking a religious exemption.

“Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves [says] the “informed consent” materials don’t just require women to comply with certain religious viewpoints, but also — in the case of Satanists — to contradict their own belief that women can decide for themselves.

“The question of when life begins is absolutely a religious opinion, and the state has no business proselytizing religious beliefs,” Greaves said.”

If the supreme court of the United States rules in favor of same-sex marriages (two of the justices have already officiated gay weddings), and if this satanist lawsuit goes to the supreme court, it will be consistent with that decision to permit abortions on demand. And why would either the satanists or the supreme court be influenced by a group of “worthless (spiritual) shepherds” who teach that most of those aborted babies will probably end up burning in hell for all eternity if they were not aborted?

That is why God told Zechariah to play the part of a worthless shepherd:

Zec 11:15  Then the LORD said to me, “Go again and play the part of a worthless shepherd.
Zec 11:16  This will illustrate how I will give this nation a shepherd who will not care for the sheep that are threatened by death, nor look after the young, nor heal the injured, nor feed the healthy. Instead, this shepherd will eat the meat of the fattest sheep and tear off their hooves.
Zec 11:17  Doom is certain for this worthless shepherd who abandons the flock! The sword will cut his arm and pierce his right eye! His arm will become useless, and his right eye completely blind!” (NLT)

“The worthless shepherd” is “the mother of harlots” who “sits on many waters” which we are told are the many peoples of this world, who are becoming weary of her rulership and who are, as we speak, turning their backs on her and will very soon “hate her and burn her with fire”:

Rev 17:15  And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
Rev 17:16  And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 
Rev 17:17  For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
Rev 17:18  And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

These are words which ‘are written’ and they are words for which the Lord will not repent:

Jer 4:28  For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.

Jer 25:31  A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.
Jer 25:32  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.
Jer 25:33  And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.

“The slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth… I have purposed it and will not repent”, and yet we read earlier:

Exo 32:14  And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people. 

Jon 3:10  And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. 

Jer 26:12  Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people, saying, The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that ye have heard.
Jer 26:13  Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you. 
Jer 26:14  As for me, behold, I am in your hand: do with me as seemeth good and meet unto you.

How can God tell us “I… will not repent…[I am] not a man that [I] should repent”, and in the same breath, in the same chapter just six verses apart tell us “it repented the Lord that He had made Saul king over Israel”?

1Sa 15:29  And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

1Sa 15:35  And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.

While it will mean nothing to the natural man whom God has given a mind to reject His Word, let’s nevertheless look at what Strong’s has to say about the definition of this word which is translated as ‘repent’ in the King James Version of the scriptures, and see if perhaps there is no contradiction here at all:

H5162
נחם
nâcham
naw-kham’
A primitive root; properly to sigh, that is, breathe strongly; by implication to be sorry, that is, (in a favorable sense) to pity, console or (reflexively) rue; or (unfavorably) to avenge (oneself): – comfort (self), ease [one’s self], repent (-er, -ing, self).

And now look at how it is most often translated:

H5162
נחם
nâcham
Total KJV Occurrences: 109
comfort, 34
Gen_5:29, Gen_27:42, Gen_37:35, 2Sa_10:2, 1Ch_7:22, 1Ch_19:2 (2), Job_2:11, Job_7:13, Job_21:34, Psa_23:4, Psa_71:21, Psa_119:50, Psa_119:76, Psa_119:82, Isa_22:4, Isa_40:1 (2), Isa_51:3 (2), Isa_51:19, Isa_57:6, Isa_61:2, Isa_66:13, Jer_16:7, Jer_31:13, Lam_1:2, Lam_1:17, Lam_1:21, Lam_2:13, Eze_14:23, Eze_16:54, Zec_1:17, Zec_10:2
comforted, 20
Gen_24:67, Gen_37:35, Gen_38:12, Gen_50:21, Rth_2:13, 2Sa_12:24, 2Sa_13:39, Job_42:11, Psa_77:2, Psa_86:17, Psa_119:52, Isa_49:13, Isa_52:9, Isa_54:11, Isa_66:13, Jer_31:15, Eze_5:13, Eze_14:22, Eze_31:16, Eze_32:31
repent, 19
Exo_13:17, Exo_32:12, Num_23:19, Deu_32:36, 1Sa_15:29 (2), Job_42:6, Psa_90:13, Psa_110:4, Psa_135:14, Jer_4:28, Jer_18:8, Jer_18:10, Jer_26:3, Jer_26:13, Jer_42:10, Joe_2:14 (2), Jon_3:9
repented, 17
Gen_6:6, Exo_32:14, Jdg_2:18, Jdg_21:6, Jdg_21:15, 1Sa_15:35, 2Sa_24:16, 1Ch_21:15, Psa_106:45, Jer_8:6, Jer_20:16, Jer_31:19 (2), Amo_7:3, Amo_7:6, Jon_3:10, Zec_8:14
comforters, 5
2Sa_10:3, 1Ch_19:3, Job_16:2, Psa_69:20, Nah_3:7
comforter, 3
Ecc_4:1, Lam_1:9, Lam_1:16
comforteth, 3
Job_29:25, Isa_66:12-13 (2)
repenteth, 3
Gen_6:7, 1Sa_15:11, Joe_2:13
comfortedst, 1
Isa_12:1
ease, 1
Isa_1:24
receive, 1
Isa_57:6
repentest, 1
Jon_4:2
repenting, 1
Jer_15:6

Of the 109 time this Hebrew word appears, 67 times it is translated with some form of the word ‘comfort’.  The first time this word appears in scripture is in Gen 5 where we read:

Gen 5:28  And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:
Gen 5:29  And he called his name Noah [H5146, Hebrew: Noach], saying, This same shall comfort [H5162, nacham] us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.

The name ‘Noah’ is a form of the word which is elsewhere translated as repent, but ‘repent’ is not the primary meaning of this word. ‘Comfort’ is the primary meaning, and while repentance brings us comfort, comfort does not necessarily bring us to repentance. God comforted himself after rejecting Saul, but He did not repent of giving us a type of how the first Adam is rejected for the last Adam. It was God who ordained that Abel replace Cain, that Isaac replace Ishmael, that Jacob replace Esau, that Rachel replace Leah, and that Joseph replace Reuben. All things are being done “after the counsel of His own will, and He has given us all of those Old Testament types, as shadows of how our old man must be sacrificed for the sake of establishing our new man as His elect.

It all adheres to the Biblical principle:

1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 

“The first man Adam… is earthy”, and without Christ will always act earthy. This is ordained of God for the very purpose of demonstrating for all men why “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God”. The reason why is that “corruption cannot inherit incorruption”, and flesh and blood are corruption. Flesh and blood not only act corrupt, flesh and blood act in a corrupt way simply because flesh and blood are “corruption” in which God cannot take comfort:

1Co 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 

The spirit equates flesh and blood with corruption. It does not equate flesh and blood with acting in a corrupt way. Flesh and blood are “corruption” and can act in no other way except the spirit of God drag it to His mind and His actions.

Here is one last verse which demonstrates the primary meaning of the Hebrew word ‘nacham‘:

Isa 57:5  Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?
Isa 57:6  Among the smooth stones of the stream is thy portion; they, they are thy lot: even to them hast thou poured a drink offering, thou hast offered a meat offering. Should I receive comfort [H5162, nacham, the same word translated as ‘repent’ in 1Sa 15:35] in these?

Knowing that the primary meaning of the Hebrew word ‘nacham‘, is ‘comfort’, and that its secondary meaning is ‘repent’, let’s go back to 1 Samuel 15 and look at what we are really being told in verses 29 and 35:

1Sa 15:29  And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

1Sa 15:35  And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.

The Lord had to destroy the first man Adam, and He comforted Himself in knowing that the last Adam would be a living spirit even in King Saul in time. That is the same message we are being given in these words:

Isa 53:1  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
Isa 53:2  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Isa 53:3  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Isa 53:4  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isa 53:5  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 
Isa 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isa 53:7  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
Isa 53:8  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
Isa 53:9  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Isa 53:10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

God ‘creates evil’ (Isa 45:7), and ‘He makes wicked men for the day of evil’ (Pro 16:4), for the express purpose of demonstrating that ‘He made men as “brute beasts [who were] made to be taken and destroyed’. These words apply to all of us, even to the flesh and blood of Christ Himself. “The new man” in every man is “His seed”, and the fruit of His offering of His bruised life.

1Co 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 

2Pe 2:12  But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

Knowing this is all true it is clear that God does not need to repent of the evil He brings upon us via the evil spirits He sends to work the evil which He creates to accomplish His plan and His purpose. God is our Creator, and as such He has every right to do with His creation as He sees fit. This is revealed to us in the very next chapter of 1 Samuel (1Sa 16:14). But it is equally clear that if God is to make clear to His creation the depth of evil, He must tell us that He comforts Himself when He “endures with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath, fitted to destruction”:

1Sa 16:14  But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

The replacing of King Saul with King David, was not ‘plan B’ for God. King Saul was raised up for the very purpose of being “taken and destroyed”:

Rom 9:17  For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose [“as (a) brute beast, made to be taken and destroyed”] have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. 
Rom 9:18  Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
Rom 9:19  Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
Rom 9:20  Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
Rom 9:21  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump [Both ‘Adams’ are “in earthen vessels” – Col 1:27] to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? 
Rom 9:22  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction [our old man]: 
Rom 9:23  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy [our new man], which he had afore prepared unto glory,
Rom 9:24  Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? 

P.S.  Just today (Friday, June 26, 2015) the supreme court has indeed ruled that marriage is to be accepted legally as including same-sex marriages. This outwardly is a great earthquake, and its destructive power will soon become evident. This is just one of the many signs of the times in which we live.

Mat 16:2  He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
Mat 16:3  And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? 

It is now illegal to refuse to serve those who want us to partake of this perverse lifestyle. As of this day it is now illegal for a florist to refuse to cater a same sex marriage, for a baker to refuse to cater a same sex marriage, or for a student to profess his or her faith in the Word of God. As of today it is now illegal to teach your children that homosexuality is an abomination to God. God has placed it in the power of the wild beast to carry out His purpose of replacing the great whore with His faithful wife, the new man/spiritual body, and the beast has once again demonstrated that He hates the woman (that great whore, Babylon) who has had the hegemony over him for so long. He is now in the process of burning her with fire, and it will take the miraculous hand of our heavenly Father to take us up to His throne and protect His elect when His great wrath and destruction comes upon the great whore.

Rev 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

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