The Pentateuch (Look at me with the big words!) reports in the book of numbers:
(Numbers 23:19 NRSV) God is not a human being, that he should lie, or a mortal, that he should change his mind. Has he promised, and will he not do it? Has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
1st Samuel says almost the same thing:
(1 Samuel 15:29 NRSV) Moreover the Glory of Israel will not recant or change his mind; for he is not a mortal, that he should change his mind."
God doesn’t change his mind.
The Pentateuch (two times with this big word?) reports in the book of Exodus:
(Exodus 32:14 NRSV) And the LORD changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.
Jeremiah brings up something very similar:
(Jeremiah 26:19 NRSV) Did King Hezekiah of Judah and all Judah actually put him to death? Did he not fear the LORD and entreat the favor of the LORD, and did not the LORD change his mind about the disaster that he had pronounced against them? But we are about to bring great disaster on ourselves!"
God changes his mind.
Hmmm – I can live with that tension. What are your thoughts?