Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Jonah 1:15-16,17 and Paragraph Summaries (timeless)

Jonah 1:15-16
1:15 - So they picked up Jonah, threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped its raging.
The discipline/tribulation from God lifts with obedience.
Man acts in faith; God responds.

1:16 - Then the men feared the Lord greatly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.
Man's reaction to seeing the hand of the Lord first hand.

Paragraph summary
By faith, the men obey, and as a result, God rewards with salvation.

Jonah 1:17 and Paragraph Summary
1:17 - And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.
God controls nature.
God works miracles in preserving man.

Chapter 1 boiled down to a sentence: God orchestrates events to accomplish His will, which is always good! The best, even! God's hand will always move us from self focused to God focused, which is to draw us closer to Him, which is for our best.

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