WILL THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE GOSPEL BRING BACK JESUS CHRIST?
Part 3: Did God Give Jonah More Time?
In the name of God, Master of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: Beloved the world exists in ignorance and confusion not knowing and often uncaring about the impending Last and Final Day. Just how long will God wait on a dreadful and sinful world? We bear witness that the world needs a lot of things for change, improvement and justice. However what is most needed is Jesus. Here is found a centralization of our needs not only for survival but most importantly for eternal life. Allow the Spirit to take charge. But does one have to be anointed with the Spirit of “Conversion” to see this reality? What of the repentance needed throughout the “Black Family the Human family?” When, just when will the “Three Great Religions” merge with Jesus and Christianity? Lastly Brethren will we all be able to accept the will of God and the “Confirmed Destiny” of all the earth? Just what will tomorrow bring?
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.
Brethren what are the lessons to be gained from the study and mediation over the story of Jonah? The Gospel is for all of humankind. Meanwhile the Old Testament time will give way to the New Testament and Christ Jesus. Christ also reflects on the story of Jonah when He talks about his time in the bowels of the earth. The world that Christ lived in rejected His message but Jonah preached repentance to the people of Nineveh and they repented. We will begin with the first chapter however we suggest that you read and study all four Chapters. But first note the following introduction to our scripture lesson.
Jonah was given a task. Assyria a great, but evil empire was Israel’s most dreaded enemy. The Assyrians flaunted their power before God and the world through numerous acts of heartless cruelty. So when Jonah heard God tell him to go to Assyria and call the people to repentance, he ran in the opposite direction. Jonah thought that the people were too wicked to deserve God’s mercy. Jonah’s story is a profound illustration of God’s mercy and grace. Jonah found a ship to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, running from the presence of the Lord. But the Lord sent out a great wind, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea. Then the mariners were afraid. After they cast lots to see who brought this evil upon the ship, the lot fell on Jonah. They asked Jonah what he had done to cause this anger from his God, for they served other gods. They cried unto the Lord and said we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, so they took up Jonah and cast him into the sea.
Then the ship’s crew began to worship God, because they saw the storm quiet down. God is able to use even our mistakes to help others come to know him. How ironic that the pagan sailors did what the entire nation of Israel would not do. The pagans prayed to God and vowed to serve him. Is there a remnant among the pagans?
Jonah 1: 1-4: “Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
In this verse we see that the word of the Lord came unto Jonah. Therefore this work was by inspiration of God as we look at this writing and teaching.
“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it, for their wickedness is come up before me.”
Nineveh was the capital of the Assyrian Empire. This was the same power that God intended to use in the chastisement of the kingdom of Israel at a future date. This capital city was located on east bank of the Tigris River. The city had become so wicked that the Lord wished for it to be removed from wickedness because He had plans to use to city to chastise the people of Israel. Thus Jonah was given the command to cry out against it.
“But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.”
Jonah in his efforts to flee does not attempt to hide his actions however you cannot run away from God. Tarshish was a city in the opposite direction of Nineveh where the Lord commanded him to go. Meanwhile Jonah as do many people today believe that they can escape from the presence of the Lord.
“But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.”
Eventually Jonah will learn that it is an impossible task to try to evade the hand of the Lord by fleeing.
The last verse in this chapter will lead us to a very important message from Christ Jesus. Follow us there.
Jonah 1: 17: “Now the Lord has prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Although some who dispute many things in the Bible dispute this revelation we refer to Jesus. Thus as Jesus recalls this event and drawls parallels we will see a great lesson.
Cont. Part 4: Jesus Still Cries Out To The World To Repent
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God the Father and Christ writing for the FreedomJournal 4 November 2008 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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