Tag Archives: Jonah

Questions!

vine_12475cJonah 4 not only raises questions in our minds, it reports Jonah questioning God as he argues with him. But above all, it leaves us with the questions God asks. Ending the book with a question is unusual. It takes your eyes off Jonah and forces you to reflect on what God is asking. Does Israel understand the merciful character of her Lord? Does she see herself in the prophet who first flees, and then argues with God over the mercy he displays? Do you understand God’s sovereign right to be merciful as he pleases?

These are among the questions we discuss tonight at our Bible study at Trinity Presbyterian Church

“It was because of the Christ that Jonah’s preaching in Nineveh could bear so much fruit, despite the fact that Jonah himself had not been cured of his disobedience. . . . In the Christ God restored that tie with His people in the covenant of grace. In His people He is now bound to the world also– including Nineveh, which he guides. He guides the entire world, to open it up to the glory which is in the Christ.” (S. G. De Graaf, Promise and Deliverance, Vol 2, p. 342).

 

 

Repent!

repent_16175c“There is a mighty proclamation of grace in the book of Jonah, a grace that calls us to abandon our false security and repent. Christ pointed this out very clearly. To Israel’s leaders, i.e. the scribes and Pharisees, he said: ‘On judgement day the men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation and will condemn it, because when Jonah preached they repented; and there is something greater than Jonah here.’”( C. Vanderwaal, Search the Scriptures, Vol. 6, p. 54).

From the Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer time at Trinity Presbyterian Church

The Wrong-Way Missionary

jonahcAn Old Testament missionary—and prophet—who went the wrong way!

“Jonah could not give his life for the sins of the sailors; only the sinless Jesus Christ could fulfill that role in an eternal sense. Here the disparity between Christ and Jonah could not be more apparent. The sacrifice of Christ is clearer and greater than the opaqueness of Jonah’s relatively meager expiation.” (Bryan D. Estelle, Salvation Through Judgment and Mercy, p. 60).

The mid-week Bible study at Trinity Presbyterian Church focuses on Jonah 1 this week.