Three more books today. Closing in on the end of the Old Testament. Yay.
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Most folks know that Jonah was told by God to go to Nineveh. He fled as far away as he could possibly go. God get’s involved by “hurling” a great wind upon him. Jonah explains that he is a Hebrew. The other men on his ship figure out that the storm they are experiencing is Jonah’s fault.
Jonah is thrown into the sea to calm the storm. God “appoints” a fish to swallow Jonah.
Jonah prayed. God spoke to the fish and it vomited jonah upon dry land.
Jonah does go to Nineveh and calls out for repentance. They do. There is fasting and sackcloth. The people do repent. God saw it and relented the disaster that he had said he would do (temporarily.)
Jonah was not happy that God relented… he was angry. Jonah says “I knew you would be gracious and merciful… slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”
God shows Jonah through the shade of a plant that he should care for people.
Micah 1 – 2
The Lord is coming! He will conquer and rule. Those who have been oppressors will be oppressed.
Micah 3 – 4
Zion will be rescued in the end.
From Bethlehem, will come a ruler! Awesome reading stuff like this and knowing the fulfillment in Jesus. He shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength and majesty. He shall be their peace.
How shall we come before God. He requires us to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God. Actions and attitudes that we often do not embrace.
Wait upon the God of our salvation. He will not retain his anger forever. His steadfast love and compassion that was promised will be shown as true.
Nahum 1 – 3
Nineveh is finally punished for its faithlessness and disobedience. What was temporarily delayed when Jonah went… not comes to being. God’s wrath is avenged. While Nineveh is this great and mighty city… God is sovereign and must be worshipped and followed.