Saturday, November 8, 2014

OT DAY 62 - Would God Change His Mind? (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

Today's Reading: Genesis 18:21-33

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Bible Study

      Today's passage is a tricky one. It is a classical example that we as human beings can question God's judgment and then God can change His mind. Is that a good thing to know? 

Let's take a look at what Professor John Goldingay says (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Goldingay) :
    
     We might think that God does not have to make tricky decisions, that for God everything is black and white, but this story makes explicit a point underlying the whole biblical story.  For decade after decade in Israel's story, God has to make tricky decisions about whether people's conduct has become so bad that action can no longer be postponed.  Such decisions involve a judgment call.  Abraham's questioning brings that out.  God sometimes does bring judgment on a city even though there are fifty faithful people there
     Here is where it is so significant that the conversation between Abraham and God is a kind of prayer.  It means a person such as Abraham can always question the judgment call and ask whether it should go the other way.      

John Goldingay. Genesis for Everyone - Part Two. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010, p.25.



      Do you know God really listen to your prayers and your prayers might change God's mind?  

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe":  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmax47l2hLU

Spiritual Journal

    The title I heard from Jesus today is: Would God change His mind?

    What I got from Jesus today is an encouragement for us to pray more and more fervently because God surely listen to our prayers. More than that, God sometimes even change His mind because of our prayers.

    Today's passage also give us a good example of how merciful Abraham is that he wants to save that two cities even though God wants to destroy that. Yes, we pray and God might change His mind. But, the problem is that we might not know His bottom line to things and people. 

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to be good prayer warriors trusting that you listen to our prayers and our prayers might change your mind.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.



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