In Today's Scripture
Jonah's effort to avoid God's will; His second commission;
The Lord commanded Jonah: Arise, go to
For a while, events seemed to favor Jonah's vacation plan and gave him such peace of mind that he was soon fast asleep on the ship (1:5). However, favorable circumstances when avoiding the will of God are only temporary and they never lead to a pleasant end. The sailors became fearful when a great storm arose. Then, hearing that Jonah was fleeing from God, in an effort to appease Him, Jonah was thrown overboard, only to be swallowed by a big fish. After three days of soul searching, a repentant Jonah was vomited onto dry land by the great fish. He then became the greatest evangelist of his day, and saw the entire city of
Jesus confirmed the historic truth concerning Jonah when He proclaimed: As Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's (great fish's) belly; so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of
By Jonah's experience in the great fish (Jonah 1:7 — 2:10). Jesus used this historical event as an illustration to tell of His death, burial, and resurrection when the Pharisees demanded a sign from Him to prove who He was (Matthew 12:39-41; also I Corinthians 15:4).
2:8 observe lying vanities =b> pay heed to false worship.
Pray for The English International Shortwave Radio Broadcast in memory of Iva Ann McElroy; and The Spanish Shortwave Radio Broadcast in honor of Pearl M. Schulte · Country: Malta (381,000) about 60 miles south of Sicily Major languages: Maltese and English Religious freedom 97% Roman Catholic; 2% Protestant Prayer Suggestion: Pray and then obediently do what God says (I Chronicles 14:14-16).
Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 103:13