SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 2010-05-02; "When GOD Repents"

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May 2, 2010
Sheepfold Ministries, pastor Phil Roland

Various Texts
"God is issuing a Call for His People to repent. He isn’t calling sinners, nor the ungodly to repentance. He’s calling His faithful saints to deep soul-searching, self-examination and self-denying change to following in Jesus steps.” Pastor Phil

Numbers 23:19
"God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19

          A. God isn’t like us: He never does wrong - Numbers 23:19
"God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
1. The Bible has “Truth in Tension”
          2. Scripture doesn’t contradict itself – John 10:35b
              Jesus’ words: “the scripture cannot be broken”
          3. Our finite minds see contradiction - Isaiah 55:9
             ”For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways
     higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
B. If Scripture says it twice, its important - 1 Samuel 15:29
               “And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a
                   man, that he should repent.”
C. You can count on God’s Word coming to pass - Ezekiel 24:14
“I, the LORD, have spoken it; It shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will
 not hold back, Nor will I spare, Nor will I relent; According to your ways
And according to your deeds They will judge you," Says the Lord GOD.'"
D. Mankind changes, God never changes - Malachi 3:6a
                "For I am the LORD, I do not change;”

          A. Sixteen Times the Bible States: God Repents
                    1. The Flood - Genesis 6:6 “And it repented the LORD that he had
                             made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.”
2. Mankind strays, God sends calamity - Exodus 32:14
“And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do to
  his people.”
3. Deuteronomy 32:36
   “For the LORD shall judge his people, and repent himself for his
     servants, when he sees that their power is gone, and there is
     none shut up, or left.”
4. 1 Samuel 15:11
   "I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned
WHEN GOD REPENTS, cont., p.2

    away from me and has not carried out my instructions." Samuel
    was troubled, and he cried out to the LORD all that night.”
5. 1 Samuel 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.”
6. 2 Samuel 24:16; 1 Chronicles 21:15
   “And when the angel stretched out His hand over Jerusalem to
     destroy it, the LORD relented from the destruction, and said to
     the angel who was destroying the people, "It is enough; now
     restrain your hand."
7. God repented and prolonged the king’s life - Isaiah 38:1-5
   “In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the
    prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, "Thus
    says the LORD: 'Set your house in order, for you shall die and not
    live.  Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to
    the LORD, and said, "Remember now, O LORD, I pray, how I have
    walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done
    what is good in Your sight." And Hezekiah wept bitterly. And the
    word of the LORD came to Isaiah, saying, "Go and tell Hezekiah,
   'Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: "I have heard
    your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will add to your days
    fifteen years.”
8. Jeremiah 15:6
   “You have forsaken me, says the LORD, you have gone backward:
     therefore will I stretch out my hand against you, and destroy you;
     I am weary with repenting.”
9. If he nation repents, God’s repents - Jeremiah 18:8
    “and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and
      not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.”
10. Hear the warning, turn away from evil - Jeremiah 26:3
     “If so be they will hear, and turn every man from his evil way, that
      I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do to them
      because of the evil of their doings.”
11. Jeremiah 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.”
          12. Jeremiah 26:19a
    “Did not Hezekiah fear the LORD and seek his favor? And did not
     the LORD relent, so that he did not bring the disaster he
     pronounced against them”
13. Jeremiah 42:10
      “If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull
       you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent
       me of the evil that I have done unto you.”
14. Amos 7:3;6
    “So the LORD relented concerning this. "It shall not be," said the LORD.”
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15. Jonah 3:10
     “Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way;
       and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would
       bring upon them, and He did not do it.”

      “Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and
       saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for
       the LORD had compassion on them as they groaned under those who
       oppressed and afflicted them.”
          A. His very nature is compassion
                    1. He knows your pain and distress
                    2. He loves and cares about you
                    3. He hears the cry and groaning of your heart
          B. God sent His Son to save us from our sins – John 3:16
                    1. Before Jesus, a judgment of death was over all mankind
                    2. God repented of His curse against us and sent His Son

          A. Moses spends 40 days on the mountain seeking God - Verse 7
             “And the LORD said to Moses, "Go, get down! For your people whom you
                 brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves.”
1. While Moses is on Sinai, the people revert to Idolatry
                    2. God decides to destroy the children of Israel
                    3. Moses Intercedes – Ex. 32:11a
                       “Then Moses pleaded with the LORD his God. . .”
4. God repents – v. 14
                        “And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto                                   his people.”
B. Intercessory Prayer can turn God’s head and heart! – James 5:16b
              “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”      
                    1. Amos Intercedes 2X for rebellious Israel – Amos 7:1-6
                    2. Two times God repents
          C. God’s primary call is to His Saints to Repent and Intercede
              If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and                          pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear
                 from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chron. 7:14
                    1. State of the US Church – Matt. 24:9-14, esp. v. 12
                       “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will
                             grow cold,” These are Jesus’ Words
                    1. Read Poem: “The Power of Prayer”
                    2. Pray for the US Gulf and its people


Moses prayed, his prayer did save,
          A nation from death and from the grave.
Joshua prayed.  The sun stood still.
          His enemies fell into vale and hill.
Hannah prayed, God gave her a son;
          A nation back to the Lord he won.
Solomon prayed for wisdom.
          Then God made him the wisest of mortal men.
Elijah prayed with great desire,
          God gave him rain, and sent the fire.
Jonah prayed, God heard his wail;
          He quickly delivered him from the whale.
Three Hebrews prayed, through flames they trod
          They had as a comrade, the “Son of God.”
Elisha prayed with strong emotion;
          He got the mantle and a “double portion.”
Daniel prayed.  The lion’s claws
          Were held by the angel who locked their jaws.
Ten Lepers prayed: To the priests were sent;
          Glory to God!  They were healed as they went!
Peter prayed, and Dorcas arose
          To life again, from Death’s repose.
The Thief who prayed. . .for mercy cried,
          He went with Christ to Paradise.
The Church, she prayed, then got a shock;
          When Peter answered her prayer with a knock!
Abraham stopped praying, cities fell,
          With all their sins into Hell!
The Disciples kept praying, the Spirit came
          With cloven tongue,” and revival flame!
Conviction filled the hearts of men;
          Three thousands souls were “born again!”
When Christians pray, as they prayed of yore
          With living faith, for souls implore,
In One Accord, united stand-----
          Revival fires will sweep the Land!
And sinners shall converted be,
          And all the world God’s glory see!



An eagle was observed perched on a block of ice just above Niagara Falls. The carcass of a lamb had frozen to the ice, and the eagle was confidently tearing away at the frozen feast. The swift flowing current was carrying the unusual sight closer and closer to the great precipice. The cries of the other birds and animals of the danger that lay ahead were to no avail. It was as though the eagle was saying,
“I have great and powerful wings!”
“I have great and powerful wings!”
“I can leave anytime I wish!”
“Don’t bother me about the danger!”
The torrent of water rushed the block of ice over the great falls!
The eagle spread its wings to mount up over the impending doom, but it was too late!
His claws had frozen to the block of ice!

We clutch fiercely to what we think is real:
Unlimited credit
Second Mortgages on inflated value properties
Lottery promise dreams

One day, like the eagle, we will plunge to our doom. . .The Gulf Oil spill is just a pictorial reminder of the sin-darkened hearts that cleave wrongly to the addictive stuff of this life.

If God can do it, so can we!