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Jonah: Belief Contradicted by Behavior (Part 34)

Never were such orthodox words spoken with such animosity and fury:  “I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity”!

Jonah knew the character of his God — and God’s character made him furious!  He knew that if he had gone to Nineveh in the first place, his God would give the Ninevites the chance to repent, be forgiven, and not be annihilated.  He knew that.  And that’s why he fled.

He knew that his God would not do what he wanted Him to do.  He knew that his God would show mercy and even — shocker! — express love to those hated Assyrians!  “I TOLD YOU SO!” were Jonah’s words to the Almighty.

Jonah does not cover up his anger with religious jargon or polite platitudes.  He rails at the Lord for being . . . the Lord!  And in the process of his rant, Jonah says some important things about God:

(1)  He is a gracious and compassionate God;

(2)  He is slow to anger and abounding in love;

(3)  He relents from sending calamity.

Those are some incredible attributes of the God of creation.  Laudable attributes.  But not to Jonah.  And certainly not now.  (to be continued)

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord: Psalm 147

Psalm 147

Praise the Lord.screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-6-59-48-am

How good it is to sing praises to our God,
    how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
    he gathers the exiles of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars
    and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
    his understanding has no limit.
The Lord sustains the humble
    but casts the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;
    make music to our God on the harp.

He covers the sky with clouds;
    he supplies the earth with rain
    and makes grass grow on the hills.
He provides food for the cattle
    and for the young ravens when they call.

10 His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
11 the Lord delights in those who fear him,
    who put their hope in his unfailing love.

12 Extol the Lord, Jerusalem;
    praise your God, Zion.

13 He strengthens the bars of your gates
    and blesses your people within you.
14 He grants peace to your borders
    and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.

15 He sends his command to the earth;
    his word runs swiftly.
16 He spreads the snow like wool
    and scatters the frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
    Who can withstand his icy blast?
18 He sends his word and melts them;
    he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.

19 He has revealed his word to Jacob,
    his laws and decrees to Israel.
20 He has done this for no other nation;
    they do not know his laws.

Praise the Lord.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2017 in doctrine of God

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 90)

Psalm 90

A prayer of Moses the man of God.screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-6-57-12-am

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
    throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
    or you brought forth the whole world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You turn people back to dust,
    saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
A thousand years in your sight
    are like a day that has just gone by,
    or like a watch in the night.
Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—
    they are like the new grass of the morning:
In the morning it springs up new,
    but by evening it is dry and withered.

We are consumed by your anger
    and terrified by your indignation.
You have set our iniquities before you,
    our secret sins in the light of your presence.
All our days pass away under your wrath;
    we finish our years with a moan.
10 Our days may come to seventy years,
    or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
    for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
11 If only we knew the power of your anger!
    Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due.
12 Teach us to number our days,
    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

13 Relent, Lord! How long will it be?
    Have compassion on your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
    that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
    for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
    your splendor to their children.

17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
    establish the work of our hands for us—
    yes, establish the work of our hands.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2017 in attributes of God

 

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