There are two times in the TaNaKh where it is mentioned of God repenting. While religious teachers and theologians tell you that it DOES NOT mean God sins, or that God is ignorant of some things, the truth is that it has to be, at least, one of these. I remember as a pastor being asked several times why God created Satan, or why God judged man if he knew Satan and man both were going to rebel. The truth is that he didn’t know. Well, that’s at least half of the truth.
First, you must understand that God is not what you have been led to believe. Even if you consider yourself a “believer” God is NOT what you have taught he is. The first issue is that the very first verse of the Bible is erroneously translated. The “first verse” of “Genesis” is “אבְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית בָּרָ֣א אֱלֹהִ֑ים אֵ֥ת הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם וְאֵ֥ת הָאָֽרֶץ” which is transliterated “Bereshit bara elohim et ha’shamayim va’et ha eretz”. In English this is directly translated “In a beginning created Gods (plural) the heavens and the earth.”
Much different than what you have been convinced of, huh? So, first understanding that, even in the Hebrew mythos, there are many Gods which took part in this beginning. It is also notable to recognize that this same noun, elohim, is used to convey who it was that came looking for the human in the Garden, and couldn’t find him. How, then, could elohim be all powerful and all knowing if the “man” he created went against the rules he established, AND was somewhere that God was unable to find him?
Religion will try to tell you that it doesn’t mean what it says. They attempt to reason away exactly what it says to support their beliefs, rather than alter their beliefs to align with what is written. It is clear he didn’t know where Adam was. It is obvious he didn’t know his creation would become so wicked except for Noah. It is undeniable he was unaware Saul would be such a horrible king.
But why did it repent God that he had made man? Why did it repent him that he had selected Saul to be king? Because both instances exemplified his own failure to be who he was. Man became so wicked as to warrant him destroying the world with a flood because he had not bent the knee (the true meaning of bless) to reveal his fullness. He was arrogant, and jealous, but his arrogance led him to be jealous. So, he understood he had to make right what he had fucked up. His anger wasn’t at man. His anger and sorrow was with himself. Likewise, in rejecting Saul he was rejecting his own creation, realizing he had been negligent in the care and attention he gave to the manifestation of Saul. He didn’t see the reflection of his I AM presence in the king he had chosen, and when he realized how impure he was himself, he had to let go of the dross brought out by his own impurity.
I AM, too, a God. I AM a God also repenting to myself. I have created some situations and things that don’t reflect my Divine image and likeness, and all because I have been negligent in my commitment to being the I AM that I AM. My failure to be Jehovah Rapha unto myself has caused a wedge between my Divine Feminine reflection and my Divine Masculine embodiment. It is MY fault, because I AM the word, and she is the flesh. I didn’t fulfill my good word, and all because I have not applied my knowledge to heal myself.