All three chapters of the tiny ignored book of Nahum are now done. Let me end it today with 2 thoughts. First, the rhetorical question: Did you notice that Nahum ends with a rhetorical question? Do you know what the only other book in the Bible to with a rhetorical question is? Jonah. Jonah 4:11 … Continue reading Rhetorical-ness, God’s Not a Fickle Dummy, & the Full Expression of Jonah & Nahum
This past month the Desiring God Blog has been phenomenal. Below are two of the posts that hit me square in the face, I pray they hit you too. Running With Jonah “Not called,” did you say? “Not heard the call,” I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear … Continue reading Running With Jonah, Judas, or Darwin?
I worked in a downtown church in Atlanta for all 4 years during my seminary education, and I found that it’s very popular among downtown pastors to talk about how to reach the “urban centers” of the world, and it seems that there were as many ways to reach downtown Atlanta as they were pastors … Continue reading How Relevant Should the Church Seek to Be?
After reading and studying the book of Jonah recently, I've seen something I've never noticed before. Taking a step back from the book it is perhaps a bit surprising to see two whole chapters worth of attention given to “getting Jonah to Nineveh” and a few verses given to “Jonah activity in Nineveh” and another … Continue reading God Working for your Neighbors Through your Heart
Well, we’ve gone through the whole book of Jonah in throughout the past two weeks here, and it’s been fun. We’ve seen Jonah act like a godly prophet receiving the Word from God and preaching the Word from God to Nineveh, and we’ve seen Jonah act like a wicked little child throwing a temper tantrum … Continue reading One Greater than Jonah is Here
“Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city. Now the LORD God appointed a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade … Continue reading God and Our Enemies
“But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. And he prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast … Continue reading RIGHT KNOWLEDGE = RIGHT LIVING? NOT IN JONAH’S CASE!
“The people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them. The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, ”By the decree of … Continue reading If God Saved Them, He Can Save Me
“Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, ”Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. Jonah began to … Continue reading How to Impact a Trendy, Cool, and Hip Urban City
God responds to Jonah’s prayer in Jonah 2:10. It says, “And the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.” Now there is not a lot that is cool about vomit, but this vomit, is awesome because it is a foreshadow of what’s to come with Jesus. You see, the … Continue reading Glorious Vomit in Jonah 2
When we come to Jonah 2:7 we see a change take place. In 2:6 we left Jonah deep in despair, sinking and sinking further into the ocean, with no hope and a growing realization that he’s probably going to die soon; and at the end of 2:6 we see God save Jonah. See it? “…you brought … Continue reading God Shows Up for His Glory – Always
After reading Jonah 1 and Jonah 2, do you notice how different Jonah is in chapter 2 than chapter 1? Before in chapter 1 Jonah was trying to avoid contact with God in any way he possibly could whatsoever, but here in chapter 2 we see a completely different Jonah. We see a Jonah that … Continue reading Boldness in Messy-ness
Jonah 2:1-6 says – “Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish, “I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the … Continue reading The Redemptive Nature of God-Ordained Trials
Obviously this chapter is well known to many of you because you’ve heard the story of Jonah being swallowed by the fish before. I wonder though, do you think this is a bit too much? I mean, swallowed by a great fish and remaining in its stomach for three days? Some people respond and say, … Continue reading God Constantly Pursues the Praises of His Name in the Hearts of His People
So that’s it, Jonah 1 is done. I think the overwhelming theme of this opening chapter is Irony. Think about it. It’s ironic that Jonah ran away from God only to find God chasing him down. It’s ironic that the pagan, non-Christian sailors told Jonah to pray, when Jonah was running away from God. It’s … Continue reading The Overwhelming Opening Irony of Jonah 1