“Do you see how Ach’av has humbled himself before me? Since he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring this evil during his lifetime; but during his son’s lifetime I will bring the evil on his house.”
The Father is often mischaracterized as having a dualistic nature, or at least a different nature from the Son. This is false and can not be true if we are to believe in the gospels and the rest of the Apostolic Writings. Messiah is seen as meek, gentle and merciful, while the Father is seen as wrathful and harsh. These understandings get a different perspective when the Bible is read as a single narrative and one takes the time to compare all the various accounts. Messiah cracks a whip and drives people out of the Temple. Messiah tells a young man to come follow him and not even bury his dead father. That seems callous, doesn’t it? The Father forgives Israel for building and serving the golden calf while he was giving the Torah to Moshe on Mount Sinai. That would be like a man keeping a wife who cheated on him at their weeding party or during their honeymoon. Yes people died after Moshe came down, but the whole nation could have been destroyed. Israel continued to sin and stray with idols and yet they were never completely destroyed. Which brings us to this account, where the wicked king profits from the murder of an innocent man and because he truly humbles himself, the Father pushes off the punishment do to him. This is a king who presides over and is involved with idolatry in Israel. I don’t know how much more merciful and gentle his treatment can get. The Father is moved by a broken heart and a contrite spirit. We can’t know the depths of His mercy, so we should always be ready to come before him in sincere repentance.