We were reading 1 Samuel 15 a while ago. God sends Saul to destroy the Amalekites and all their possessions. Wipe everything out.
But he doesn't, quite. And when Samuel comes to check up on him, he bluffs.
The Lord bless you! I have carried out the Lord's instructions!
And then, some of the most unlikely humor in the Bible.
What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?
And you know the story. It's the beginning of the end for Saul.
In verse 11 God says, I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me...
So Gunnar asked me, Did God make a mistake?
Pretty good question. The language makes it sound like it. As if God didn't anticipate Saul's unfaithfulness. But of course, we know He did. So if it's all part of the big plan, which I'm okay with not understanding, why does God regret it?