Jonah 3:9 Who knows whether God will not turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, so that we might not perish?”
The scripture above is most often misunderstood along with a number of other scriptures from Exodus and the rest of the Bible where God seems to change His mind when in fact nothing could be farther from the truth. I have seen Atheist, Jew and Christian alike be dumbfounded when I state that the Bible is one context from Gen. 1:1 through the very last Amen of the Book of the Revelation.
God is the one that has inspired the whole of scripture. Word pictures of God always break down at some point because there is nothing like God to compare Him to but the best illustration I know of for the writing of the scriptures is a CEO and His Secretary. When the CEO dictates a letter it is not he that writes or types the document and yet it carries his autograph. In similar and yet different manor God gave the message of the Bible to the writers.
There are three attributes, known in some circles as the three omni's of God. He is omnipresent, omnipotent and He is omniscient. The last is the attribute I'll be dealing with here. Pro. 15:3 & 11 and many more verses in the scriptures give us instance of God's ability to know everything. Now add to this Jer. 1:5 5 Before I formed you in the belly I knew you, and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and you can see my premise, "God foreknew everything that has ever happened. This premise is, of course, backed up with every fulfilled prophecy in the Bible.
There is another element to build where I'm going with this, that is the immutability of God. 1Sam. 15:29 Also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent; for he is not a man, that he should repent. This, again, is but bone of many verses that show us God does not change His mind. This just leaves a lot of folks stewing in pickle juice when in fact the matter is quite simple, if you ead your Bible through a few times and then prayerfully meditate on what you have read.
The scriptures of the Bible are Goad's word for man to learn from. From the very beginning God has been teaching mankind about Himself and He continues instructing us today. In Jer. 1:5 we see that God knows what is to be before it occurs. When the Israelites sinned and God threatened to kill them He already knew that Moses would seek to give his life in their place but Moses did not know that he would. When Jonah ran from the LORD, God was not surprised. God was teaching Moses to shepard people and Jonah to obey Him.
God is perfect and there is no fault to be found in Him. In 1John 1:5 we see this point stated by God of Himself. God knows what He is going to do and He chooses, often, to do it through His Bond Servants, you and I. First He must bring us to the point that we are willing servants because as a people, we are stiff-necked.
My request is what God has charged you to do already, "Study to show yourselves approved.” (2Tim. 2:15)