Relationship and Obedience – Look Who Get’s It Right

Posted: March 15, 2011 in Relationship and Obedience

“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

It’s a nice quote but where is God in it? Creating relationship with the Father  gives me all the purpose and meaning i require.

Back on track with Jonah…

10Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, What is this that you have done? For the men knew that he fled from being in the presence of the Lord [as His prophet and servant], because he had told them. Because he had told them!!!! i do not run into many people who admit they are running from being in the presence of the Lord. The men on the ship had better sense than Jonah, as they were afraid of a God they did not know and Jonah was simply indifferent to the God he did know.

11Then they said to him, What shall we do to you, that the sea may subside and be calm for us? For the sea became more and more [violently] tempestuous. 12And [Jonah] said to them, Take me up and cast me into the sea; so shall the sea become calm for you, for I know that it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you. These are some unique men. What shall we do to you? i think most men would be much more direct with Jonah and i doubt that they would be offering him the options. Get rid of Jonah and you get rid of the anger of God… right? Jonah at this point would rather die than repent and so he tells them to cast him into the sea. He says i know that i am in sin but i will not or can not change, so away with me. Several years ago i considered that as an option. Death verses Obedience. i could not find anyone that it had worked for so i chose not to pursue it.

13Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring the ship to the land, but they could not, for the sea became more and more violent against them. 14Therefore they cried to the Lord, We beseech You, O Lord, we beseech You, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood; for You, O Lord, have done as it pleased You. 15So they took up Jonah and cast him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. Eventually the men did what was good for the many, but not before they tried everything they could. They did not want God’s anger to hold them accountable for another man’s admitted sin. i guess i would be as they were and not as Jesus was. He willingly paid the price not only for my sin but all mankind. Possibly as i draw closed to Him and become more like Him, i too may one day die for another.

16Then the men [reverently and worshipfully] feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows. In the midst of Jonah’s sin God uses it and gets worship out of men who did not believe beforehand.

1:10 shows that the men were amazed that Jonah would do something to displease his God. They spent their life in fear of their gods, trying to please and pacify them. It is ironic and sad that those who worship the true God – the only God worth fearing – and experience His grace, take advantage of His grace and do not live their life in an effort to please Him.

1:13 shows that the heathen sailors had more compassion than Jonah. They did not want to throw him overboard and tried desperately to get to land without doing that. They begged Jonah’s God’s pardon for what they had to do. This is also a contrast with the man of God who had no compassion on the people of Ninevah.

  1. There is no Hebrew prophet whose life does not foreshadow or typify the Messiah who would come after them to bring in the Redemption which they prophesied… 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.

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