The LORD hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to break up. Then the sailors became afraid and every man cried to his god, and they threw the cargo which was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone below into the hold of the ship, lain down and fallen sound asleep.
Get up, call on your god. Perhaps your god will be concerned about us so that we will not perish. On whose account has this calamity struck us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country?
From what people are you? Jonah is very grateful for the fact that God has a plan for him and that God chose to be merciful towards him. But then what? Chances are that you will never end up being swallowed by a giant fish like Jonah was :o.
And if we turn to Him like Jonah did, He can turn the suffering into blessing! God has allowed both good and evil to exist in our lives so that He can work out His plan and purpose for us. His desire is always for what is best for you and He will do whatever it takes to get it to you.
But He will never force Himself on you because He is a perfect gentleman and will honor your free will decisions. So, why do we hesitate and fight against His will? Remember to pray for guidance! Learn to fight! Fight what? Fight the temptation to quit.
Hosea illustrated this same character of Israel in his prophecy. The Book of Jonah appears to have served less purpose in the Qumran community than other texts, as the writings make no references to it. The standard thought on the idea of "a day's walk" is that a person averages about 20 miles a day walking. I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice. The best type of discipline is when we're able to change their hearts They didnt even know the Bible history of their own nation! The children of this world, wise in their generation, instantly discern the advantages of city situations, in reference to their particular pursuits.
Fight the temptation to head on back to the world for answers. Fight the temptation to abuse His grace to keep making bad decision after bad decision!
Make changes! Mental changes come first and then good decisions will follow! There are times when we make many bad decisions. God has the last word on everything! He created the universe and, some day, He will destroy this universe and make a brand new one! Because He is God Almighty! Never forget that the very reason we are alive is because of the grace of God. There are times in our lives when God will step in and use His power to either fix what we have made a mess of or not.
A good example of this is drug addiction. God is not going to stop you from using them, and He will often let you suffer the consequences so you see how stupid it is! God created us with a free will and has designed a plan for all of mankind around the decisions that every human will make! He can take the bad decisions of one person and use its results to bless another person. But, He gave us a free will to make our own choices.
Because of this, God will not step in and stop the results of our free will choices. As with drug addiction, the person gives authority to the drugs each time they use them and says no to God. Eventually the drugs can take over the life of the one abusing them.
This should help you understand why Jonah said that it was God who threw Him overboard and not the men on the boat. Jonah knew God stepped in to save him from complete self-destruction. Jonah For You had cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the current engulfed me. Those who regard vain idols forsake their faithfulness, [BD not 1 priority] But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving.
Jonah handles his situation by returning to his vow to God. It is when God removes the source of suffering from our life 2 Corinthians God can now use Him to do something amazing! So much of the Bible describes things in the future or things right in front of us. This is to give us hope or confidence in God. God cannot lie! So what He says is truth! When we do see failures described in the Bible, they are there to show that we all fail but life is not over just because you fail!
There is always HOPE! You just have to turn back to God and listen for His directions!
The stories of people failing in the Bible are to remind us that our Creator understands the things that we go through. Our Creator understands the pitfalls in this life and has designed a plan that allows us to succeed, in spite of these things. So, when He delivers you, the way He has Jonah, you leave those failures behind and move forward to the new things that God has in store for you!
He had great results! He gave them the Word as God told him to, and they turned from their evil ways and believed! Jonah Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them. When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the ashes. Do not let them eat or drink water. And He did not do it. Think about that one for a minute. They turned to God and were forgiven.
Jonah was successful in his mission. This pleased him, right? Jonah But, it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry. Why is Jonah angry? Therefore in order to forestall this I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning calamity. There he made a shelter for himself and sat under it in the shade until he could see what would happen in the city. Do you remember what we learned earlier in our lessons?
The Word only focuses on our failures to show us how bad we are in our flesh and how much we need a Savior! We need a Redeemer!
Jonah had to learn that when God gives you a message, you must deliver it-or else! This prophecy has a powerful message for God’s Church today. Jonah: A Strong Warning to God's Church - Kindle edition by Gerald Flurry, Philadelphia Church of God. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC.