journey through jonah
some thoughts on reading through Jonah this morning:
– Jonah made no response to God’s first call; he made up his mind on his own to do his own thing.
– he didn’t just say no; he fled the opposite direction…trying to rub his point in?
– the mariners first cry in distress was a spiritual one; kind of like people still today in times of distress (think post 9/11)
– Jonah remained exceedingly calm during the storm
– Jonah sought death as payment – thinking sacrifice was more important to God than obedience
– the mariners called out to “the LORD” – they recognized God’s doings
– 2:8 – “those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love.” what are my vein idols that do this?
– for such a wicked city, Nineveh repented as a whole pretty quickly. some people are receptive to a wake-up call.
– the people listened to the king…good leadership
– Jonah’s anger in ch. 4 sounds a lot like our religious anger today
– 4:2 – the classic ‘God is love’ excuse, often heard by the ‘spiritual’ (but not religious) folk
– a plant vs. a city – are our priorities in check?