Sunday, May 15, 2016

Jonah 1:10-14 (timeless)

Jonah 1:10-14
1:10 - Then the men became extremely frightened and they said to him, "How could you do this?” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.
Man shows no concern for the collateral damage his fleeing from God may cause.
Man can be uncaring and hard hearted.

1:11 - So they said to him, “What should we do to you that the sea may become calm for us?”—for the sea was becoming increasingly stormy.
God increases the pressure upon men so that His will is done.
1:12 - He said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea. Then the sea will become calm for you, for I know that on account of me this great storm has come upon you.”
Man knows his sin.
Man acknowledges his guilt, if God grants him.

1:13 - However, the men rowed desperately to return to land but they could not, for the sea was becoming even stormier against them.
Man fights against the direction from the Lord.
God increases the discipline/tribulation to turn man to His will.
Man cannot win in a battle with the Lord.

1:14 -  Then they called on the Lord and said, “We earnestly pray, O Lord, do not let us perish on account of this man’s life and do not put innocent blood on us; for You, O Lord, have done as You have pleased.”
Man knows right from wrong and appeals to the Judge of the earth for clemency.
The Lord does as He pleases.
Man knows the penalty (death) for the taking of a life.

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In the battle between man and God, God always wins and has His way.

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