2021-9-16

Jonah 1:1-17; 2:1-10

Who is good? Who is bad?
Jonah thought God was kidding and he wanted to quit.
Deserter? Patriot?
Jonah wanted to flee. Flee from love. Flee from care.
What is right? What is wrong?
Jonah thought God was kidding and he wanted to quit.

Set sail to Tarshish. He said ‘I am finished’. He would rather die than love his enemies.
Forgiving is lovely until you have someone to forgive.
God chased him with the wind. The ship sinks and he still sleeps. He said, ‘God take me. I am ready to quit.’  One, two and three, sailors tossed him into the big sea.  Jonah was ready to quit. 

Is it God’s punishment?  Is it God’s salvation?
Why would God rescue me?  Why would God not put me to death?
A runaway child who wanted to play hide and seek. 
A prophet? A prisoner of hate?

Engulfed by big fish? Engulfed by Big God?
He cooled his head.  He made a vow, He would make good.  Salvation comes from the Lord.
God straightens out a fleeing prophet.   — Alan Yam

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