Perfected in His Presence (Part II) at Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power

April Wow

Genesis 6:8-9

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. (NAST)

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Thanks for taking the time to join me today for a little break and Part 2 of our WOW. Grab your coffee and come on in. Let’s get back to our Creator’s regret because before we can appreciate how He sees us, we need to understand something about the preceding verses that speak of His sorrow, not that we could ever truly understand Him and His ways, but hopefully today’s time will give you a bit more insight and a whole lot more to think about as we get closer to the truth of how He sees us!

So in verse 6, the Word says that the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth and that He was grieved in His heart. In other words, to me it sounds as though He regretted what He had created, but the Hebrew concordance explains this issue a lot better than I ever could. See, history has proven that this is one of those verses (6) that many Bible students have struggled with because God, as we know, cannot change.

Allow me to share with you something I found in the New American Standard Bible’s Hebrew concordance that will hopefully take the confusion away, adding clarity to this portion of scripture, which will move us forward to our actual WOW for this month! I promise! 🙂

Talk about taking the long route, huh? Could you imagine me trying to read the Bible in a year? Not! 🙂

The word “sorry” translates to “nacham” in Hebrew and means: to draw the breath forcibly, to pant, to breathe strongly, to groan. STOP! Wow, I don’t know about you, but when I read that, I tied another knot in my strand of faith because here is proof that He understands all of our emotions! He was up there groaning, inhaling sadness and exhaling frustration! (That’s an Evinda-ism!) Just because He foreknew doesn’t negate His emotions!

Let’s keep going. “The idea of breathing deeply was a physical display of one’s feeling usually sorrow . . .” Hmm, again, can’t you just empathize with that emotion? Does that make Him more approachable for you?

“’Nacham’ is a change of heart or disposition, a change of mind, a change of purpose or a change of one’s conduct. When man changes his attitude, God makes the corresponding change. God is morally bound not to change His stance if man continues to travel on an evil path.”

So in other words, His foreknowledge comes from the ability to know and see into the heart.

In Jeremiah 15:16, it is written that there is a point beyond which God will not go. 1st Sam. 15:29 reveals to us that Jehovah is not whimsical or fickle. And when God did change His mind, it was because of the intercession of man and because of man’s true repentance (Ex. 32:12, 13; Jer. 31:19-20; Jon. 3:10). Over and over again, scripture reveals the same truth: That God is consistent in matters of the heart!

I found another explanation for the use of the verbiage, “God’s sorrow” in the study notes of the New American Standard Bible which states that: “God is not affected by sorrow or other feelings which are common to humanity, but it was necessary for the inspired biblical writers to use terms which were comprehensible to the minds of human beings. We cannot conceive of God except in human terms.

Can I get an “Amen” for that last statement?

They had brought their punishment upon their own heads by their persistent violation of the laws which He had laid down for the government of the world—in a judicial system which was self-operative and from which there could be no escape except through divine grace granted in answer to sincere repentance.”

I hope these things written, albeit in human terms, bring answers to questions and clarity to confusion. In case you’re scratching your head and asking why in the world are we going this deep before we get to our actual WOW, it’s to reiterate this truth for you: God’s foreknowledge in no way contradicts man’s free choice!

Join me tomorrow for part 3 of our WOW, which will replace Wednesday’s Word so we don’t interrupt our flow! 🙂

Evinda

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