Now You Get It

Jonah and Gods command in context.

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In Jonah’s defense, what God called him to do was not as simple as the tasks we fall short of today. Please understand that the book of Jonah was written in a very hostile time. The City of Nineveh was where modern-day Iraq now sits. The task that God was calling Jonah to do was a very difficult task. God set the kingdoms up through David, then there was a division in the kingdoms. There was the northern kingdom, which was Israel and the southern kingdom, which was Judah. Jonah was a prophet of God, living in the northern kingdom, where all the kings were extremely evil. They were not doing godly things. In fact, they were “runaways” themselves. Jonah was a prophet of God in this very hostile and evil environment. His job description was to speak into people’s lives based on what God had told him to speak.

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Humanity’s Disease; God’s Cure

Read and share, being Christ-like requires discipline and obedience.

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By David
Ettinger

The Nature of Humanity
Humanity’s natural state is to oppose God. By nature, human beings want to go their own way and not have to submit to authority, especially that of the Creator.

Isaiah 53:6 sums this up well: “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each
of us has turned to our own way.” Romans 8:7 confirms this: “The mind governed
by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do
so.”

Thankfully, God addresses humanity’s disease of disobedience by giving us
the rest of Isaiah 53:6 (emphasis added): “We all, like sheep, have gone
astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him [the Messiah] the iniquity of us all.”
Jesus is humanity’s salvation, or “cure.”

This theme (humanity’s disease, God’s cure) runs throughout the Bible,
but my…

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