Text: Revelation 12; Jonah 1-2
Jonah is a short but powerful story. He is a prophet of God, called by God to speak forth God’s words – one of God’s special, hand-picked servants. What a privilege, and at the same time, what a burden. The story begins:
Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord. (Jonah 1:1-3)
Jonah does not want to go where the Lord has commanded and so he rebels. The rest of the tale is quite remarkable and shows how the Lord will not let him off the hook (big fish and all that). But, the way it starts – with Jonah’s rebellion – is very common. It is a challenge to us all. Jonah is told to go proclaim God to a people he does not care for. So Jonah refuses. Have we been told to tell people we don’t care for the Good News of God? Have we done as we have been told? Want to go on a sea cruise?
in Him, Mike