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 Category:  Spiritual Non-Fiction
  Posted: April 27, 2020      Views: 32

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Jonah was corrected by God
"In Praise of Jonah" by Deniz22

What’s to praise about Jonah? Everyone knows he ran away from God, even though he was a true prophet of God.
Dereliction of duty, defiance of God, disregard for the salvation of a city of lost souls; these are all legitimate charges against this AWOL Prophet of God.

God’s response was to send His MPs after Jonah and we will show their effectiveness in getting Jonah reinstated in the Army of the Lord.But first, let us consider some reasons why Jonah was so opposed to going to Nineveh:

1. The people of Nineveh were evil, warlike and brutally savage. One of their favorite modes of torturing captive survivors of their many conflicts included skinning a man alive. Then the grisly “trophy” was hung on the wall of Nineveh to warn enemies to beware. This gruesome practice was also used on other cities in order to extort tribute from them.

2. Scholars suggest the real possibility Jonah’s five brothers experienced this kind of ghastly death at the hands of the Ninevites. It is certain, in any case, many of Jonah’s Jewish brethren underwent similar horrendous tortures before dying.

3. One might think Jonah would be happy to be chosen to pronounce Divine Judgement on this wicked city. However, Jonah knew God. He knew God warns sinners so they might be saved. Understandably, humanly speaking, Jonah wanted the Ninevites destroyed, not saved.

God’s answer to Jonah’s human reaction was to send His MPs to put the Prophet back in the line of duty, while he was making a beeline in the opposite direction.

The M of these Divine agents was a MIGHTY wind which acted as a three-pronged wake up call!

Running from God will sap our energy every time.

1. It literally woke the sleeping prophet

2. It resulted in the hardened sailors coming to know the true God (a reminder                 
    to Jonah, God cares even for sinners who worship worthless gods)

3. It showed Jonah there is no running from God and those who try, are soon in
    over their heads!
 
The Divine agent P of God’s deployed MPs affected Jonah in eight ways;

1.Reminder to Jonah; only a sacrificial plunge into the sea saved the sailors.  (Jesus plunged to His death voluntarily and sacrificially into the sea of humanity to save sinners!)

2. Jonah fully expected to perish: He was stubborn but not a coward

3. Jonah prayed

4.Jonah got a whale of an answer prepared by God

5. Jonah praised the Lord for His gift of imputed righteousness
“But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.” Jonah 2:9”

6.Jonah preached God’s warning to Nineveh and the whole city repented

7. Jonah pouted  (But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry. So he prayed to the Lord, and said, “Ah, Lord, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm. Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!” Jonah 4:1-3

8. God did some pointed preaching to the petulant prophet for his and our spiritual profit.  Jonah 4:9-11
 
1. Jonah was honest with both God and man. No phony cover up of spirituality.

2. he shows us it is God’s Word which saves people and not the messenger.

3. He reminds us how God loves His enemies enough to warn them of destruction

4. He reminds us of how we need God’s correction to serve Him effectually

5. He shows us God still hears our prayers when we are at the bottom of a sea of trouble brought on by our disobedience.

6. the Fear of the Lord is a good thing! The sailors were afraid, Jonah was afraid, and Nineveh was afraid. All of these experienced God’s power after they were afraid.

Hebrews 4:1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.

Psalm 19:9 (KJV) The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

Matthew 12:40 (NKJV) For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Chuck Swindoll points out Jesus linked His name with the Prophet’s at his lowest point. Now, isn’t that just like Jesus?
 


 
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