Comment by joseph sianipar — May 7, 2013 @ 3:04 pm
Jonah makes a typical and flawed messenger of GOD who develops jealousy about the turn of events..."that God had changed his mind to forgive the Ninevites". It's like going to pray for a sick friend who you have warned several times about his behaviour and you feel that he deserves that punishment. May God help us see it the way it should.
Comment by Gardiner Nyaigoti — May 7, 2013 @ 9:47 pm
On judgment day we see the repentant saved. Repented in their life time.
Amaizing God's love. I will say God cares for those sinful peoples, God alone.
Sorrow for sin and turning from it are two parts of repentence. God is very merciful, and He tries to lead us to truly repent so that He can give us the life He intended for us to experience. Genuine repentence is the result of the Holy Spirit's patient work and miracles in our lives.
The repentance of the people of Nineveh is demonstration of the fact that we should never write off any person, people, nations, as being too evil and wicked for God to save. He can save to the utmost.
Thank you Isaac, I was just praying to God to improve my mental status so I will be able to study and be able to impart to others the good news of salvaton. Because that's what we are called to do. We sometimes hide because of what we think we cannot do but God will help us if we rely totally on Him.
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When the Lord calls us to preach, It is not revealed the outcome to us, we just have to do our best to present the message in its purity, no sugar coated, and no political correctness. Perhaps this is what happens in America, Perhaps this is why we have a few baptisms, perhaps we are not preaching the imminent judgment of God to the world but entertain people from our pulpits. Perhaps we are trying to compete with the media..if that is the case we are already defeated.
This shows us that our God is able to seek and save lost. What an inspiring lesson for us to learn from! We should all be greatful that we have such a merciful and loving Saviour. Let us all rely on God and his word, and repent of our evil ways.
Thank you Dear Lord, You are truly eager and willing to forgive because You Love us. Before even destroying the people of Nineveh, He sent warning, His Word, ahead. His Word had pierced the persihing souls of these people and had led them to wear sack clothes and fast and pray. He is doing the same thing with us, let us repent from whatever our wicked ways and turn to God with a humble heart. Dear Lord, please instill in us the desire to do Your Will.
A successful mission can only be granted by God.The lesson is "when setting goals God should be involved and let him be the planner and the head of what you want to achieve.By so doing, success is inevitable. After the second calling, Jonah stead fast adhered to God's command, went to Nineveh and preached correctly the message God planned.The mighty Assyrian monarch gave themselves to God. We saw true repentance like what of David, they also put on sack clothed and fasted to be forgiven. Lesson here is that we need to give ourselves fully to God without reserve. Amen
Comment by Kazembe Zyambo — May 10, 2013 @ 5:47 am
Repenting is "turning away from evil." That is the sacrifice The Lord desires to see in me.
"and preached correctly the message God planned" What is God's message for us to preach today? Can it be sumed up like in Jonah case in one sentence?
Comment by goran bosanac — May 11, 2013 @ 12:49 pm
Renford, Yes Isaiah 11 is a great chapter. But, It is speaking of the millennium and not Heaven. This is a time after the anti Christ. The devil is in chains. No longer roaming about. The children referred here are children of people still on earth. Its kind of like it was before the fall, but not quite. Its still needs help and the saints are the ones ruling with Christ as Lord. Peace is the general rule of the day! What a time!There's more, but that should help you.
TOM help futher about Isa 11.. Are saved judging devil and lost in milenium or are they rulling with Christ in that time over living on earth? I remember learning in Adventiist church that in 1000 year there is no one alive on eart but devil alone!?
Comment by goran bosanac — May 12, 2013 @ 12:34 am
Goran, The devil is chained up during this time, this thousand years time. This makes for a peaceful earth, and is full of the knowledge of the Lord . We, those that went to the first resurrection, are back with Christ and ruling and reigning with Him. The lost still have the gospel preached, but it is every where. There is no lack for that. It is the time when men beat their swords into plowing tools. They learned war no more. You can read more in Revelation 20.