Friday, January 25, 2013

One Greater Than Jonah

Jonah 1:1-4:11

Jonah did not want to go to Ninevah. It was an Assyrian city, and the Assyrians had been enemies of his people for years. At first glance, Jonah's flight from God doesn't make sense. If God tapped you on the shoulder and said, "I want you to go and declare my judgment upon your enemies," you might jump at the chance. But, Jonah knew something about God. "I knew that You are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to become angry, rich in faithful love, and One who relents from sending disaster." (Jonah 4:2)  It is sad how poorly we read the Old Testament, how many of us don't get that the God of the Old Testament is the God of the New Testament and that "The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9) Jonah knew that if he preached to his enemies, they might repent, and then God would forgive. He didn't want that. He wanted his enemies judged. Do you? Or are you ready for God to forgive and deliver them, just as He forgave and delivered the Ninevites from His own wrath?