One of the things that hit me most in Jonah’s commission is that no one is without sin.
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one. (Psalm 14:1-3)
It appears that it was not only Nineveh’s wickedness that has come up before God (Jonah 1:2), but also Jonah the prophet who was commissioned by God to preach and enlighten Nineveh.
Jonah’s faults are many:
He rejected God’s commission and fled away thinking that he can go away from the presence of the Lord (Jonah 1:3).
He resented God’s mercy and compassion towards His creation (Jonah 4:1-2).
His resentment to God’s mercy led him to ask for his own death (Jonah 4:3).
Perhaps Jonah’s sins are greater than that of the people of Nineveh.
God said that they “cannot discern between their right hand and their left” (Jonah 4:11), while Jonah knew God very well; he knew His power, strength, mercy, and compassion (Jonah 4:2). Jonah was so close to God that the Bible says that he went away from the presence of the Lord.
The fall from being in the presence of God and having such knowledge about God to a series of sins leads one to think that Jonah’s sins are surely greater than Nineveh’s.
For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more Luke 12:48
I am so happy to announce that the book is finally out. I’ve been working on it for a while now, and at last the book has seen light!
What is in this ebook?
(1) Meditations about Jonah: His personality, His actions, and His prayer.
(2) What early Church fathers’ have to say about him.
(3) Simple illustrations.
How is this book different than others?
I’m sure you’re thinking, “What?? Another book about Jonah??”. Well, to be honest yeah, it is another book about Jonah, but just like with any Christian book, there is always a repetition of titles, but the content usually differs drastically. How many wrote about “Love”, and how many others wrote about “Prayer”, but just like Gregory of Nyssa said, “we are the New Testament Church, we should be like bees. Although weak, they fly in gardens feeding on nectar to create honey. Same with us, we should fly in the gardens of spiritual edification and feed on its nectar full of wisdom to produce honey that brings the chiefest sweetness to all who taste it.” (Paraphrased)
Yep, you got it, Jonah! 🙂 I actually got the idea of the title from an article, you can read it here.
Jonah is a unique person, I posted about him twice; here and here. When I wrote about him earlier, I mainly focused on his anger, and how he wanted to end his life. This time I want to focus more on one verse of his beautiful prayer in the whale’s belly.
When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple. (Jonah 2:7)