Jonah 4 So, one might think Jonah would get excited when the whole city of Nineveh repented of their violence and false religions. But no. Jonah was ticked off. Why? Because he decided the God was too gracious, too merciful, too patient, and too loving. He certainly didn't think so when he was surrounded by… Continue reading Jonah’s drama, God’s mercy
Jonah 3 Chapter 3 starts off in much the same way as chapter 1: "The word of the Lord came to Jonah." It's almost like God says, okay, let's try this again, a second chance to get it right. I am so grateful for second chances! Even in teaching, I find I improve so much… Continue reading A do-over.
Jonah: When all else fails
Then Jonah prayed. Jonah 2 What does it take for us to turn to God? Jonah had to book passage on an outbound ship, survive a terrifying storm, convince a bunch of sailors to pitch him overboard, and get swallowed by a great fish where he was tangled in seaweed and looking death in the… Continue reading Jonah: When all else fails
Jonah: Swallowed and wallowing
Jonah 1:17 And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. Full stop. Let me think about this. Jonah figures he would be better off dead than to obey the Lord and preach in Nineveh. He did not seek the Lord in this decision, and he did not consider what might happen to… Continue reading Jonah: Swallowed and wallowing
Jonah: the sailors.
Their gods, his god, the God, the LORD. There is a flow to the story of the sailors of the ship bound for Spain that is worth considering. When Jonah paid his fare and went below deck to take a nap, it was just another day at work. ( aside: How could Jonah sleep knowing… Continue reading Jonah: the sailors.
Jonah: Arise and go or arise and run?
Jonah 1:1-16 If you want action, Jonah is the story for you. In the first 15 verses Jonah hears from God, runs from God, gets on a boat with sailors who served many gods, sleeps through a storm, gets caught in his disobedience, and gets tossed overboard. At the same time, God is also active.… Continue reading Jonah: Arise and go or arise and run?
Jonah: The setting.
Jonah Jonah opens with the Lord telling Jonah to "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before Me" (Jonah 1:2). What was so great about Nineveh and why was God interested in it in ~750 BCE? Archaeologist Henry Layard's image of Nineveh. Nineveh was… Continue reading Jonah: The setting.