Does God Change?

ten-commandments-187967__180If it’s been a while since you’ve read the 10 Commandments, I would ask that you’d take the time to look at each one below. As you look at each one, ask yourself, “Is there anything wrong or flawed about this Commandment?”

20 And God spoke all these words, saying:

2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Now, before we go any further, let’s ask the question, does God change? It’s an important question, if we’re to determine whether or not the Law still applies to us.

Is God fickle? Does He say one thing one moment and change His mind the next? Now I will admit God has relented and changed His mind about bringing calamity on nations when they’ve repented; but He has never, as far as I have read, changed His mind about character issues. The Law, as far as I can tell, is all about character.

Malachi 3:5-7
5 And I will come near you for judgment;
I will be a swift witness
Against sorcerers,
Against adulterers,
Against perjurers,
Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans,
And against those who turn away an alien—
Because they do not fear Me,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
6 “For I am the Lord, I do not change;
Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
7 Yet from the days of your fathers
You have gone away from My ordinances
And have not kept them.
Return to Me, and I will return to you,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
“But you said,
‘In what way shall we return?’

Does God still feel the same about sorcerers, adulterers, and perjurers, or has He changed His mind? If you could talk to God right now and asked Him if His feelings about those things above have changed, what do you think His response would be?

Look at verse 6 again, God says He does not change. So if we are to believe that God does not change, than we would have to believe that He has not done away with His condemnation of sorcerers, adulterers, perjurers and cheats. Right?

What does Hebrews 13:8 say about God?

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. “He does not change!”

What does God say about His Law in Matthew 5:18?

Matthew 5:18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

Since Christ has not yet returned, and the heavens and earth are still out there, I have to believe that all is not yet fulfilled. Christ did not come to do away with the Law, but to magnify it. He took it from a physical set of do’s and don’ts to a spiritual compass that leads us to His Kingdom.

I’m not trying to offend, or step on toes, but the Law of God was not fulfilled and done away, it was magnified. Instead of adultery being just a physical act, it was magnified to encompassing lusting in our hearts for another not our own spouse.

Do not commit murder when from being a physical act perpetuated by one man upon another, to hating someone in our heart.

Which of God’s 10 Commandments do we find defective, lacking or in need of being done away?

I would argue that God’s commandments are just as applicable today as they were in the time of Moses. As a matter of fact they are now magnified and so much better.

The Law is not there to condemn us, but to help us. It’s not there to grieve us, but to lift us up. It’s not there to make our lives tougher, but to make them better.

Christ did not die to save us from the Law, He died to save us from the penalty of the Law.

Starting next week, I’d like to begin examining each of the Commandments, and seeing how we might use them to make sure we’re heading in the right direction. I hope you’ll join me to consider these issues.

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  • Ted Koppell once said, “They are the 10 Commandments not the 10 Suggestions.” Can’t argue with that. 🙂 I look forward to reading along with you Mike.

    • Mike

      Thanks Bill. It does seem that a whole lot of people do see them as the 10 suggestions, that’s if they even consider them at all. We seem to be heading down the same path as ancient Israel did, and will not be able to avoid the consequences of that. If we as a people would only turn back toward God we could avoid a whole lot of the pain and suffering that’s heading our way. Good to hear from you.