The Lord does not change
A verse that is often used by the Hebrew Israelites to prove that the Gentiles, non Israelites are not included in the salvation of God is Malachi 3-6
Malachi 3-6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
They will often use this verse in response to the assertion that the word of God in the new covenant as gone out to the Non Israelite nations (the Gentiles) and that the Gentiles have been grafted into Israel through Jesus.
They will often use the ‘precept’ that Jesus was ONLY sent for the lost sheep of Israel
Matthew 15-24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
They claim that this shows that God does not change and as he only deals with Israel and Jesus was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel and as he does not change then he will never deal with the non Israelites he will only deal with Israel.
Yet again the Hebrew Israelites have taken one verse and twisted it to make it appear to mean what they want it to.
However just a basic study of this verse shows this assertion incorrect.
Firstly God has NOT always dealt with Israel. Israel only came into existence through Jacob the grandson of Abraham. Until this point Israel did not exist which very clearly shows God has not always dealt with Israel. If he hasn’t always dealt with Israel then the assertion he doesnt change means he only deals with Israel cannot be correct. The covenant God made with Israel is NOT the one made with Israel’s fathers.
Deuteronomy 5- 1And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them. 2The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. 3The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.
So clearly the understanding regarding God does not change is simply incorrect.
God made covenants with Adam, Noah and Abraham and NONE are the same as one another.
We also know that God made a NEW covenant with Israel NOT as he did with the Israelites in the wilderness which yet again shows this understanding incorrect.
Jeremiah 31- 31Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD
When we have a look at the context of the verse in Malachi we will see that it is actually referring to the house of JUDAH.
Malachi 3-4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.
They had gone away from following God. The priests were offering polluted tithes and offerings to God (which is actually what Malachi 3 is all about.) They were taking the good tithes for themselves which was against God command of the levites to offer the best
Numbers 18- 29 Out of all your gifts ye shall offer every heave offering of the LORD, of all the best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof out of it. 30 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, When ye have heaved the best thereof from it, then it shall be counted unto the Levites as the increase of the threshingfloor, and as the increase of the winepress.
But they were offering the lame and polluted instead so God had rejected their tithes and offerings.
Because of this God warns them that a judgement would come upon them.
Malachi 3- 5And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.
But God tells them that he doesn’t change
He explains that they have gone away from him BUT If they returned back to him then he would return back to them.
Malachi 3-6For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Malachi 3- 7Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
God here states that if the house of JUDAH will return to him he will return to them. He has not changed. He doesn’t change. He would be faithful to the covenant he made with them if they would only be faithful to him. God is specifically talking to the house of Judah at this point and reminding them that he had not changed his covenant with them.
God even tells them that if they bring their tithes he would bless them
Malachi 3- 10Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Which is what he promised in his covenant.
This has NOTHING whatsoever to do with God not changing meaning he has only dealt with Israel and so only deals with Israel and so non Israelites cannot obtain salvation.