Throughout the history of Israel God used prophets to call his people back to him from idolatry. Sadly, the people generally did not listen. We are introduced to the prophet Jonah in the reign of Jeroboam, son of Jehoash.
“Jeroboam son of Jehoash king of Israel became king in Samaria, and he reigned for forty-one years…He was the one who restored the boundaries of Israel from Lebo Hamath to the Dead Sea, in accordance with the word of the Lord, the God of Israel, spoken through his servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath Hepher.” (2 Kings 14:23-25 NIV)
Although we know Jonah best from the book that is named after him, he is mentioned in connection with the northern kingdom and a prophecy about the restoration of the boundaries of Israel. Continue reading “Our compassionate God”
Jonah’s story has fascinated readers for centuries.
Called to preach to the Ninevites (Jonah 1:1-2), Jonah runs away, boards a ship and finds himself in a terrific storm (Jonah 1:4). Jonah is thrown into the sea, swallowed by a great fish, and vomited onto the shore three days later (Jonah 1:10-17). Continue reading “Jonah faces monsters”
“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to 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, a three-day journey in extent” (Jonah 3:1-3 NKJV).
If you ask the average person about the book of Jonah, they might respond, “Isn’t that the story about the man who was swallowed by a whale?” It is likely that that is the only feature of the book which they know. Continue reading “Urban evangelism”
The whale is not the whole story of Jonah Continue reading The God of love
God will lift us up, if we will submit to him. Continue reading Flight of the dove