In Jeremiah 18 God takes the prophet to a potter’s shop and gives him a lesson on prophecy. Basically, God tells Jeremiah that the boss is free to change his mind. If God says judgment is on the way but a nation repents, then he won’t do what he intended. If God says he’ll prosper a nation but they turn against him, he’ll repent of blessing them.
We see God has done that very thing, most famously at Sinai (Exodus 32) and Nineveh (Jonah 3). Those and other examples are clear enough, but Bible scholars still debate exactly what prophecies God may have changed his mind on.
The fact that God changes his mind makes biblical interpretation a little harder. But thank the Lord it also offers hope for our lives.
(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley