Jonah

Jonah: Day 20

Those who cling to worthless idols forsake faithful love. Jonah 2:8 (HCSB) What does it matter if a person believes a lie so long as it makes him happy? If a person is happy believing that the sticks and stones he worships, the dead men’s bones he bows down before, …

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Jonah: Day 19

As my life was fading away, I remembered Yahweh. My prayer came to You, to Your holy temple. Jonah 2:7 (HCSB) The death of a faithful saint is a thing to behold. I have been by the bedside of saints: I have looked on, as those who are confident in …

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Jonah: Day 18

The waters engulfed me up to the neck; the watery depths overcame me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. I sank to the foundations of the mountains; the earth with its prison bars closed behind me forever! But You raised my life from the Pit, Lord my God! Jonah 2:5-6 (HCSB) Here we …

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Jonah: Day 17

But I said: I have been banished from Your sight, yet I will look once more toward Your holy temple. Jonah 2:4 (HCSB) Faithful believer, take up the resolve of Jonah to look once more toward God’s holy temple. God cannot stand the sight of sin, this is true. He cannot …

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Jonah: Day 16

I called to the Lord in my distress, and He answered me. I cried out for help in the belly of Sheol; You heard my voice. Jonah 2:2 (HCSB) If the first verse of chapter two teaches us that, wherever we find ourselves, we must pray to the Lord our God, the …

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Jonah: Day 15

Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish. Jonah 2:1 (HCSB) It is hard to imagine this sight: a man praying inside a fish. It is comical and yet horrifying at the same time. I can could imagine two very different film directors taking this scene in two very different directions. …

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Jonah: Day 14

Now the Lord had appointed a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the fish three days and three nights. Jonah 1:17 (HCSB) There has been one thing I have kept in my wallet for years. It is a simple card with a picture of two penguins facing each other. One penguin has a …

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Jonah: Day 13

The men feared the Lord even more, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows. Jonah 1:16 (HCSB) After throwing Jonah to his death, a supernatural calm comes down, and the storm ends, and the seas cease to rage. Then the sailors are filled with fear—literally, ‘they feared the Lord with a …

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Jonah: Day 12

“For You, Yahweh, have done just as You pleased.“ Jonah 1:14b (HCSB) Many of us have a favourite Bible verse, a passage of Scripture to which we turn often. We have repeated and read it so many times that it is sealed forever in our hearts. For me that verse is …

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Jonah: Day 11

So they called out to the Lord: “Please, Yahweh, don’t let us perish because of this man’s life, and don’t charge us with innocent blood!“ Jonah 1:14a (HCSB) The sailors finally give up on trying to sail away from the storm. They grab Jonah and get ready to throw him overboard. Just before they …

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Jonah: Day 10

Nevertheless, the men rowed hard to get back to dry land, but they couldn’t because the sea was raging against them more and more. Jonah 1:13 (HCSB) Here we see the sad truth of human nature. Jonah had already offered them a way to calm the storm and save themselves. All …

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Jonah: Day 9

He answered them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea so it may quiet down for you, for I know that I’m to blame for this violent storm that is against you.” Jonah 1:12 (HCSB) Once again, parallels to the life of Jesus rise up above the waves of the …

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Jonah: Day 8

Then the men were even more afraid and said to him, “What is this you’ve done?” The men knew he was fleeing from the Lord’s presence, because he had told them. Jonah 1:10 (HCSB) The most famous sermon of all time—except the Sermon on the Mount—was by a British colonial evangelist named …

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Jonah: Day 7

He answered them, “I’m a Hebrew. I worship Yahweh, the God of the heavens, who made the sea and the dry land.” Jonah 1:9 (HCSB) There are few questions more important than that of identity: who are you? What defines you in your own eyes? What defines you in the eyes of others? As humans, we …

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Jonah: Day 6

The captain approached him and said, “What are you doing sound asleep? Get up! Call to your god. Maybe this god will consider us, and we won’t perish.” Jonah 1:6 (HCSB) Whilst all hell was breaking loose above, Jonah was sleeping below. This part of the story should set memories ringing in …

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