Thank You, Holy Spirit.
Luke 11:32 “The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.” Mt 12:41.
“My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”
We have heard so much “sleeping” stories about Jonah that most have come to tag anyone with a sleeping issue as “Jonah”. But there is more to that story than that.
Move with me as we delve deeper into the life of Jonah the Prophet.
Jonah 1:1-3←In this verse the “Word of the LORD” came to tell Jonah to go to Nineveh and Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish.
Why did Jonah do this? Let’s see what he has to say in Jonah 4:1-2.
Jonah was asked to go to Nineveh to warn the people of their wickedness against God and Jonah fled the scene because he wanted the people to be severely punished by God and knowing of God’s tender mercies and forgiveness, he knew very well that should the people cry to God for mercy before/during his arrival at Nineveh, God will forgive them. (Jonah 3:4, 3:10, 4:1)
Lessons to be learnt;
# Selflessness: Not being self centred when working with GOD. Jonah, by his act, was trying to satisfy his own will against the WILL of God and he was severely chastised for it. Jonah 1:17
# Discipline: God disciplines His own, putting them to order when they exhibit character flaws – i.e, emit characters contrary to His…Jonah’s was selfishness.
# Obedience: As God’s own, we’re expected to be totally obedient to His commands else we will be made to obey the hard way just like Jonah. The Word Jonah didn’t obey in Jonah 1:1-2→3, he obeyed (after a harsh dilemma) in Jonah 3:1-2→3.
You’ll agree with me that obedience is sure better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22) and this GOD is still the same today and forever. He hasn’t stopped chastening. So, brethren, you’ve still got the chance to repent of your disobedience now.
Mark 8:38 “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Proverbs 8:33 “Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.”