posted on Dec 14, 2010 - 05:06 PM
“I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.” (1 Samuel 15:11)
"...and the LORD regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel." (1 Samuel 15:35)
Ok, so I know I've been making a lot of threads lately, but this question has been bothering me for some time. Why does it say that God regrets what He does? If He is perfect, no decision He has ever made should be regretted.
Is this just part of the more primitive understanding of God in the OT, where He tends to be pictured more anthropomorphically? I remember God also saying that He felt sorry that He had even created man when the whole world became full of sinners (interestingly, the story of the flood of Noah appears in many other pagan mythologies at the time). Another place says the Lord is a jealous God, again what does this mean? Anthropomorphic imagery?