The Character of God

The Lord Yahweh showed me this: there, he was forming a locust swarm at the beginning of the growth of the spring crop. There—the spring crop after the king’s reaping. When it had finished consuming the grass in the country, I said, ‘Lord Yahweh, please pardon, how can Ya’aqob stand, because it’s small.’ Yahweh relented about this. ‘It won’t happen’, Yahweh said.

The Lord Yahweh showed me this: there, he was calling for an argument by fire. It consumed the Great Deep and it was consuming the plots. I said, ‘Lord Yahweh, please spare, how can Ya’aqob stand, because it’s small.’ Yahweh relented about this. ‘It won’t happen either’, the Lord Yahweh said.
(Amos 7:1–6, The Bible for Everyone: A New Translation)

Amos’ intercession for people who did not deserve mercy and Yahweh’s response to that plea reveals a key factor about Yahweh’s character. Not only is Yahweh a God of mercy, but he is also a God who listens to those who pray to him—and he responds.

(JoAnna M. Hoyt, Amos, Jonah, & Micah, ed. H. Wayne House and William D. Barrick, Evangelical Exegetical Commentary (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2018), 260.)

Simply stated, God is merciful and God can change his mind based on what he hears from us. Even in the Old Testament.

Almost forgot: my seminary-trained pastor told the lovely story in his Palm Sunday sermon about the Passover lamb being taken into the Holy of Holies and sacrificed on the mercy seat on the Ark. I guess that when your stated goal is to “depopulate hell” details aren’t as important as making a good illustration.

One of my smartest wardrobe moves was purchasing a gun belt probably 12 or 13 years ago. I don’t carry guns anymore (too old) but it is definitely the best belt I ever owned.

I get why folks would prefer to go metric. I mean, I’m a scientist. I get it. But I wouldn’t want to move to Celsius for weather temps. It’s more compressed and thus conveys less information.