Project Bible 365 Day (24) Don’t Be A Jonah The Two Mighty Hands Of The Lord
Perhaps one of the most exciting stories in all of the Bible as far as the Old Testament goes is the story of Hebrew Prophet called of God and his whale of a problem. On the surface the story getting swallowed up by a while seems to be a cute story for the youngsters. However, if you would take time to investigate the story further one would quickly realize that story of Jonah and the Whale addresses both men and boys as well as women and young ladies. The story of Jonah is a very unique one because it deals with a prophet being disobedient to the commands of God.
This is a very uncommon when it comes to the saints and prophets of God because its a very common occurrence when men rely on their own feelings. Jonah was called a prophet called of God. Meaning he was obviously respected by God and in turn Jonah respected God. When God saw that the sin in Nineveh was great he instructed Jonah his prophet to go to the city to speak a word of great warning unless they repent. Jonah disobeyed a command of God, and Jonah decided to run from God. For what reason I don’t know but I do know it is not a very wise decision to run from God. Nothing good happened to Jonah after running from God. In this simple story though we see a measure of judgement and also a measure of love and compassion. When Jonah was on board a ship heading with the sailors to now what we call modern day Spain. Jonah learned that it is dangerous to disobey God. The Bible tells us plainly in the book of Hebrews.
Hebrews 10:31 KJV
31 It is a fearful thing to fall in the hands of the living God. Due to the fact that Jonah fled from the face of the Lord and got on board a ship, God sent a wind after Jonah.
Jonah 1:9-15King James Version (KJV)
9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.
10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of theLord, because he had told them.
11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.
12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.
13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.
14 Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, We beseech thee, OLord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee.
15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from
The storm got Jonah’s attention and amidst the sea he was cast into. God sent a whale after Jonah. The Hebrew Prophet was in the belly of the way for three days. God was dealing with him, one on one. The story also proves an important element of faith. Meaning no matter how far you are out in the sea of despair. God can hear you. When Jonah was spewed out of the mouth of the whale after the time period of three days. God came to Jonah again. He instructed his prophet to go to the city and give them a word of warning. Jonah finally did as God commanded him but it definitely delayed God’s work.
Jonah 3King James Version (KJV)
3 And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,
2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of theLord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.
4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
Jonah 4King James Version (KJV)
4 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.
2 And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.
3 Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.
4 Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry?
5 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.
6 And the Lord God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.
7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.
8 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.
9 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.
10 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:
11 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?
By sparing the city of Nineveh God showed even his enemies great love. People must understand that God has two hands. The righteous hand of love and the left hand of judgement. God is a God of love and judgement. He is balanced. If we as Christians simply live in one section of the Bible and base our faith on it we become like an unbalanced juggler. A man who balances on one foot will eventually fall over because they won’t have enough of a foundation to stand on.
The Sinking Sand comes to mind.
The Story of Jonah also reminds us that if God called us to do something we must not be shy and answer the call….. Jonah the Prophet caused his own tribulation simply by a simple act of disobedience. If Jonah heeded the call of God, he could have avoided getting swallowed up by a whale to which he spent 3 days and three nights.
We as Christians must have the spirit in which we can all say in unison “Not my will, but thine be done.”
This concludes the message for today on Project Bible 365 Day (24) Don’t Be A Jonah, The The Two Mighty Hands Of The Lord.