Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Jonah Flees From the LORD
1 The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 "Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me."
3 But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD.
Back ground please! Jonah was a prophet, (ooh-ooh) just as the Veggie tales song goes. He is mentioned in other books of the Bible, (2Kings 14:25) and was a prophet of the Lord. God had plans for Jonah. He told him to go to Nineveh, the major city of Assyria, and tell them to repent. Jonah decided to run away instead. Now for the geography lesson: Nineveh was500 miles North East of Jerusalem,(Jonah’s home.) That was a very long way. When Jonah decided to flee, he wanted to go to Tarshish, a place in present day Spain. The end of the world, in the opposite direction. When Jonah fled, he did it in a big way.
Why would Jonah flee? First; the Assyrians were tough, mean, aggressive, and had conquered Israel. Jonah’s people hated and feared them. Jonah knew that if he did what the Lord wanted, he would be brutally killed-or worse! Furthermore, Jonah did not believe the Ninevites were worthy of God love. They were evil, they were mean to Jonah’s peep’s, why should he even give them a chance to be saved. Jonah had an ego, he knew he could do great things, he just did not want to do great things to his enemies.
Do we run from God? Do we resist sharing God’s love with our enemies? Are we just like Jonah? You bet! We all try to hide from God from time to time. As we read more we will find out how that works out.
Prayer- God, give me the confidence to do what you ask of me, and the wisdom to remember that you are everywhere. Go Fight-Win Amen.