Relationship and Obedience – Contradictions! ARG….

Posted: March 31, 2011 in Relationship and Obedience

Jonah’s Lesson (4:5-8) So Jonah goes out of the city to pout and see if maybe God will destroy them. Pouting? Okay so i have pouted a time or two. It is hot so God causes a plant to grow and give Jonah shade. The text says Jonah was “extremely happy about the plant.” Then, when the plant withers, Jonah wants to die. Doesn’t it seem a little odd that Jonah would be so happy about the plant and so distraught over a plant’s death? In my opinion, Jonah is all mixed up in his priorities, but then who am i to speak.

In this story i see God’s omnipotence as He controls the wind, the sea, the fish and the plant. And all of His power is directed toward a single goal – the reclamation of sinful humans – both Jonah and the Ninevites.

I think this book shows that Jonah knew a lot about God. He presumed on God’s grace and assumed his deliverance while still in the fish. Jonah knew God was compassionate and gracious and would not destroy the Assyrians if they repented. So, although Jonah knew about God, he did not want to obey him. It could even be said that Jonah disobeyed in the name of justice. The Assyrians certainly had committed enough atrocities that they deserved judgment, and Jonah wanted them to get their due. But he was ignoring the sovereignty of God and disobeying God. He also was displaying a double standard. He was forgetting that Israel had been forgiven many times for her sins and that he himself had just been forgiven for his disobedience. He was a walking contradiction. Walking contradiction! i so have a problem with walking contradictions.

I work very hard not to be a walking contradiction, but…. i am especially stirred up by Christian walking contradictions. i am staying away from examples or specifics so that i do not offend anyone who may read this. If the shoe fits wear it? Okay so i’ll use one example. We get people who come into the cafe and order a diet drink of some sort and then purchase a snickers bar with it. Contradiction? Mixed signals at the least.

I see Jonah as a good example of how we tend to judge others and consider ourselves to be better than others. Jonah’s life illustrates his failure to forgive and love. Jesus summed up the whole law in one phrase, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Jonah clung with pride to his heritage as a Jew, the chosen people of God, and he condemned the Assyrians. I think Jonah mistakenly thought that he deserved the favor of God. He called on God for deliverance without repenting of his evil. Why did God choose Israel? Because they were the biggest nation? Because they were more spiritual than the rest? No. He chose them out of grace. If you read Eze 16, you will see a good description of what Israel was like and what God did for them. It also describes how they became proud and forsook God. They certainly did not deserve the special relationship with God.

Well i think i’m done with Jonah even though there is much more. Tomorrow is Ann Maries birthday so i do not want to be a walking contradiction who says that she is a gift from God and yet treats her as ordinary so as much as i can tomorrow will be about her. We are going away for a couple of days. As i said tomorrow is all about her and then the remaining two days are about me and I Am. While i am taking steps in the natural i have no clear-cut thus saith the Lord. i am very focused on taking my thoughts captive right now and this is proving to be a challenge with what is happening in the natural. Nothing i have not seen before but certainly things that i had hoped i would never see again. But God!
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