WILL THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE GOSPEL BRING BACK JESUS CHRIST?
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Part 10: Understanding Anger And The Will Of God
Editors Note: Beloved can we truly understand the anger and will of God without our knowledge of the on-going conversion of the Saints? Just what is the on-going conversion? I looked back to the world and now I see that I had not a friend, but in Jesus. I look now and thank God for this friend and the blessings of God. Meanwhile I have forsaken the so-called luck of surviving the perils of life while I resided in the lost world.
In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth
Peace be unto you. To the Church and believing Christians everywhere and those that believe in the Bible as the Supreme authority of God’s Laws. For the record and the sign post many people that confess to be Christians are now during these trying times looking to man, materialism and God knows what as additional authorities on how to get to Heaven. Glory be to God our Father and to His Son our Savior Christ Jesus blessed by the Holy Spirit.
Beloved we must listen and wait on the Lord. Almighty God is merciful and through Him we can understand the road to Peace and Paradise with the acceptance of the Gospel. What are the lessons we can learn from Jonah?
Jonah 4: 4-5 “Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry?”
“So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.”
God does not need to ask a question because He lacks information. Therefore, He actually asks Jonah “Do you think that you really have reason to be angry?” When we look at this inquiry it logically extends to the justification of Jonah for his actions. We also see that the Lord acted in this manner so that Jonah would understand why his prayer would not be granted.
Now Jonah wallowed in dismay. Although his request had been denied he had come to understand that the Lord was going through with His plans. Due to the repentance of the people of Nineveh, God removed his threat of destruction. So we see here that Jonah still baffled, went outside the city and waited.
Later as Jonah waited outside the city the Lord prepared a gourd for his shelter. But when the morning came God prepared a worm that smote the gourd that it withered and died.
Jonah 4: 8-11 “And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.”
“And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd?" And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.”
“Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:”
“And should not I spare, Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?”
After destroying the gourd the Lord allowed the previous conditions to come upon Jonah. Thus the heat of the sun persisted. Next was the miraculous heat wave that engulfed him. Once again we see Jonah wishing to die as there were different circumstances but they still brought on the same emotion.
Meanwhile at verse 10 Jonah is challenged with making a comparative analysis of the gourd and the city and people of Nineveh. How can the loss of a gourd compare with a city of 120,000 people? As Jonah saw “Pity of the gourd” he would have saved it because he found it useful. But God is the Creator thus Jonah should have praised God for sparing a city that one day would play a great part in the history of Israel.
Finally verse 11 explains that the people of Nineveh only knew what they were to do from God’s chosen vessel Jonah the Prophet. So as Jonah still struggled he still carried out God’s plans. Do those called to Higher Service struggle with the tasks God has assigned them? We are in the flesh thus we are human. However, the flesh may see a period and a time of weakness but to leave God for a season can block your blessings. God will not leave us we have to leave him. Who has left and come back to God?
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God writing for the FreedomJournal 26 January 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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