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Jonah: Belief Contradicted by Behavior (Part 8)

I think Jonah might have been an introvert.  Seriously.  He had gone down below deck.  Perhaps he was seasick.  Perhaps he was hiding.  It appears he was taking a nap.  It’s exhausting to run away from God!

Above deck an ecumenical prayer meeting is taking place.  The sailors are calling out to their gods even as they are tossing all the cargo overboard.

But the one piece of cargo that is napping below deck is causing the ship to sink!  The rebuke from the ship’s captain is direct:  “How can you sleep?  Get up and call on your god!  Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish!”

Jonah’s conscience (an interesting side study in this book) allows him to sleep like a baby.  A baby running away from his god.  It’s kind of hard to call on one’s god when in rebellion.  Disobedience has a way of stifling one’s prayer life.

“All hands on deck!” in Jonah’s situation meant everyone must, right now, call on their chosen deity to save them from perishing.  And Jonah appears to not care about the life of these sailors — or himself.  An infection of apathy has taken root in Jonah’s heart.  (to be continued)

A prayer for today:  “Lord of the winds and the sea, show me my apathy toward Your concerns for this drowning world.  Please take away from me my spiritual slumber and re-deploy me in Your service!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.”


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Posted by on August 8, 2017 in Jonah


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Happy Tax Day!!! A memory and a joke . . .

Friends: For most of us April 15th is the worst day of the year. We have to pay taxes! Just the word “taxes” makes us grit our teeth.

For me, April 15 reminds me of a very Screenshot 2016-02-26 07.14.38happy day in my life. You see, back in 1985 I passed the oral defense of my Ph.D. program at Drew University, and the three professors who examined me (or rather my dissertation on “The Pneumatology of John Nelson Darby”) gave me the thumbs up sign. I had finished my doctoral program, by God’s grace, successfully!

My bet is April 15th is not a great day for you for reminiscing. How about for laughing at a tax joke?

Screenshot 2016-02-26 07.16.38A letter was received by the IRS a few years ago that read: “A number of years ago I cheated on my taxes. My conscience has been troubling me terribly. That’s why I’m including an extra check for $100. If my conscience continues to bother me, I’ll send a check for the rest!”

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Posted by on April 15, 2016 in taxes


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