Monday, August 25, 2008

Jonah 4

"But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. He prayed to the Lord, 'O Lord, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, O Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.'

But the Lord replied, 'Have you any right to be angry?'

Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. Then the Lord God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort and Jonah was very happy about the vine. But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered. When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah's head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die,' and said. 'It would be better for me to die than to live'

But God said to Jonah, 'Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?'

'I do,' he said. 'I am angry enough to die.'

But the Lord said, 'You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?"

Build a bridge and get over it Jonah!!!

This reminds me of a picture of a child who is pouting because he did not get his own way. Although His Father knew what was best for the whole family, one child did not get his own way, and acts selfish.

God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but desires rather that they turn from their ways and live a righteous life. Jonah was accustomed to God's special mercies to Israel and wished his wrath on his enemies.

We are not God, nor should we judge others! Let's take care of the log in our eye, work on our own problems. God will provide enough for us and will take care of our enemies as well.

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