Ignatius (107AD) Bishop of Antioch

Monday, October 02, 2017

When it all seemed a bit much for me today, I got to read a little of what Ignatius, the Bishop of the Christian church in Antioch faced, and wrote shortly before being fed to the lions in a public arena in Rome (107AD) ...

"...nearness to the sword is nearness to God; to be among the wild beasts is to be in the arms of God; only let it be in the name of Jesus Christ. I endure all things that I may suffer together with him, since he who became perfect man strengthens me." ....

"We have not only to be called Christians, but to be Christians,"

Perhaps things aren't so bad for me, or for Christians here... I have so much to be thankful for, and there is so much work to do!

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You're Not Alone!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Jonah 2:1-2

1 And Jonah prayed to (The Lord) Yahweh, his God, from the belly[1] of the fish, 2 and said,

“In my distress[2], I called to (The Lord) Yahweh,

And he answered me.

I cried out for help[3] from the belly[4] of Sheol[5] (which is hell, or the grave),

(And) you heard my voice.

 

Application

Jonah discovered that, even in the worst situation of his life, he wasn’t alone.  He finally turned to the Lord Yahweh, instead of running away from Him.  In his position of weakness and helplessness, he prayed to Yahweh, and there is a plethora of things that come to mind:

a)     He was in the belly of the fish, and, even there, God was with Jonah.  There’s no place that I can escape from God.

b)    God wasn’t angry with Jonah.  Instead, God answered him.  Scripture doesn’t just say that He heard, but that He answered.  God doesn’t just listen to my prayers, but he responds… He answers.  My relationship with God is meant to be two-way… and if it’s not, God’s not the one who’s at fault.

c)     Jonah cried out in his distress… and one assumes regret for not doing what God wanted.  God finally had Jonah in a place where He could use him…. And that's where Yahweh wants me (not in the belly of a fish, but surrendered to Him).

d)    No matter how bad my situation, I can call out to Yahweh, God, and He will hear and answer.

Prayer

Father, please help me in all the things I’m praying for.  Please take the weight of the load.  I give it to you.  Please open my ears, so that I hear Your voice, and please help me to obey.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen


[1] מֵעֶהmeʿah – Strongs 4578 – (n . m) – “viscera/internal organs/inward parts/heart/bowels/intestines/belly/inward parts/digestive organs/organs of procreation/womb/place of emotions or distress or love/external belly/anguish”

[2] “I called from distress to me” – צָרָהtsarah – Strongs 6869 – (n . f) - “distress/distresses/trouble/troubles/calamity/anguish/affliction/rival wife/competitor/straits/adverity/vexer/rival wife”

[3] שָׁוַעshavaʿ – Strongs 7768 – (v) – “to cry our (for help)/shout/plead for relief/ask for something in desperation/call for help/cried/cried for help/shout for help”

[4] בֶּטֶןbeten – Strongs 990 – (n . f) – “belly/womb/body/abdomen/hunger/craving/seat of hunger/heart”

[5] שְׁאֹולshâʾowl/shâol – “Sheol/hell/underworld/Hades/the grave/a place under the earth where the dead live”

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A Bit Fishy

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jonah 1:16-17

16 And the men were afraid… great fear of (The Lord) Yahweh (came on them).  They offered a scrifice to (The Lord) Yahweh, and they promised[1] vows[2] (to serve Him).

 

17 And (The Lord) Yahweh appointed[3] a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly[4] of the fish (for) three days and three nights.

Application

Recapping… The seamen, who were afraid of the storm, and even more afraid of what Jonah’s God could do, picked Jonah up, and threw him in to the sea.  Immediately the sea became calm, and they were still more terrified than they had previously been… This time of The Lord Yahweh.

Great fear came on them, and they offered sacrifices to the Lord Yahweh.  Then they also made vows to Him, one assumes to worship and serve Him.

The thing to me is that when God acts, there’s always a redemptive purpose.  Jonah might have been running away from Him, But God used the opportunity to bring a crew-full of seaman to know Him and commit themselves to Him.

Meantime, God appointed a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah ended up in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights.

I can’t get the three days and three nights, that Jonah spent in the belly of the fish, out of my mind.  I believe that there is a clear pointer, here, of what Christ did when He spent three days and nights in the tomb… There is, therefore, anticipation that this can’t possibly be the end of the story.

Prayer

Father, thank you that You sent Your Son, Jesus, to die for my sins and my failure to meet Your standard of perfect.  Thank you, that although I was the one who ran away from You, that You caused Your Own Son to spend the three days and three nights in the tomb, before You raised Him up.  Thank you that You intend to raise me up on the last day, and please help me to live in anticipation of that glorious day.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen


[1] נָדַרnadar – “to vow/make a vow/vow a vow/make a binding promise/made/takes/vow/vowed/vows/you will vow”

[2] נֵדֶרneder – Strongs 5088 – (n . m) – “vow/vows/votive offering/free will offering”

[3] מָנָהmanah – Strongs 4487 – (v) – “to count/reckon/assign/tell/determine/destine/appoint/prepare/to be counted/be numbered/be reckined/be assigned/muster/take census/be counted among/number/appoint/ordain/appointed/share a portion/present”

[4] מֵעֶהmeʿah – Strongs 4578 – (n . m) – “viscera/internal organs/inward parts/heart/bowels/intestines/belly/inward parts/digestive organs/organs of procreation/womb/place of emotions or distress or love/external belly/anguish”

 

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It Couldn't happen Today!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jonah 1:14-15

 

14 And they called out to (The Lord) Yahweh and they said, “(We) beg you, (Lord) Yahweh, please don’t let us perish[1] for the soul of this man, and don’t put innocent[2] blood on us.  Because, now, (Lord) Yahweh, You’ve done just as You pleased[3].”

 

15 And they picked Jonah up[4] and threw (him) down[5] into the sea.  And the sea stood[6] (still) from its raging. 16 And the men were afraid… great fear of (The Lord) Yahweh (came on them).  They offered a scrifice to (The Lord) Yahweh, and they promised[7] vows[8] (to serve Him).

 

Application

I’m not sure that we can understand this predicament.  I mean, imagine being on a passenger liner, and one of the passengers, in a bad storm, says, “Throw me overboard, and the sea will calm down.”  The captain would be called, the passenger put in a straight-jacket, and the captain would order him to be locked in his cabin for his own safety until the vessel reached port… even if the ship and all those on board were at risk from the wind and waves.

Still, these seamen asked God not to hold them accountable to Jonah’s blood, and begged Yahweh not to let them perish.  Then, next thing, Jonah was in their arms and being thrown over the railing into the sea, with the words from the men, saying, “Yahweh, you’ve done just as You pleased!” … and the sea immediately calmed down.

Yahweh is in control of every situation, whether natural, self-inflicted, or caused by others.  Jonah had run from God, causing the storm.  It would appear that God told him that he should be thrown into the sea… but I notice he didn’t just jump overboard.  Then the crew of the ship tossed him to the sharks, so to speak.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done, or what happens to me, God is still with me, and He is able to rescue me.

Prayer

Father, I need You so badly.  I need Your direction.  I need Your encouragement.  I need dreams and vision for the future.  I need Your supply, Your healing, and for You to work in me and in those around me.  Please let me know Your presence.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen


[1] אָבַד – ’abad – Strongs 6 – (v) – “perish/vanish/go astray/strayed/wandering/be destroyed/exterminated/blot out/not exist/die/be exterminated/put to death/squander/enemies/foes/enemy to your enemies/be lost/expel”

[2] נָקִי, נָקִיאnaqiy, naqiyʾ – Strongs 5355 – (adj) – “clean/free from/exempt/clear/innocent/free from guilt/free from punishment/free from obligation/go unpunished/guiltless”

[3] חָפֵץ, חָפַץ - chaphets – Strongs 2654 – (v) – “desire/delight/take pleasure/enjoy/affair/event/matter/favours/have any pleasure/pleased/wish/take pleasure”

[4] נָשָׂא - nasaʾ, nacah – Strongs 5375 – (v) – “lift up/carry/take/bear/be carried/exalt/take away/forgive/incur/rise up/rouse/bring upon/be arrogant/provide/take up/raise/suffer/respect/honour/support/provide/take up/long for”

[5] טוּלtuwl – Strongs 2904 – “to hurl/cast/to throw away/carry away/hurl/to throw/cast/cast out/to be hurled/hurled down/best thrown/cast down/be thrown down”

[6] עָמַדʿamad – Strongs 5975 – (v) – “to present/be presented/be in charge/prop up/sustain/accuse/be still/endure/to stand/to remain/endure/take one’s stand/be in a standing attitude/be steadfast/stand forth/tarry/delay/continue/stand up/rise up/be erect/present (someone) before//appoint/ordain/establish”

[7] נָדַרnadar – “to vow/make a vow/vow a vow/make a binding promise/made/takes/vow/vowed/vows/you will vow”

[8] נֵדֶרneder – Strongs 5088 – (n . m) – “vow/vows/votive offering/free will offering”

 

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A Few Thoughts

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Jonah 1:12-13

 

 

12 And he said to them, “Pick me up[1] and throw me down[2] into the sea, and the sea will become calm[3] against[4] you, because I know, this great storm[5] is boiling[6] against you beacuause of me. 13 And the men rowed[7] for dry land[8], but they weren’t able, because the sea was moving and stormy against them.

Application

Some things to note:

a)     Jonah owned up to the problem.  He took accountability for his disobedience.  No matter what I do, I will always be in God’s will when I speak the truth and own up to my mistakes.  Only God is perfect, and I’m not God.

b)    I assume that Jonah heard from God before he told the men to throw him into the sea.  I’m not sure that it was an easy solution, and you don’t hear that Jonah objected hard when they decided to try even harder to reach dry land.  When God speaks, I mightn’t like what He says, but I’ll always be better off by obeying Him.

c)     Jonah prophesied that the sea would become calm come once they’d thrown him in it.  The sea was raging against everyone on the ship, not just Jonah.  Sometimes the storm may be in my life because of the actions of someone else.  I need to seek God as to what to do in every situation, and remember that His peace is with me, even in the storm.

Prayer

Father, thank you that You are with me, and that You that You will never leave me nor forsake me.  Thank you that You are with me whether I’ve caused the problem, or whether someone else has caused it, and, either way, you are working it all together for good.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen


[1] נָשָׂא - nasaʾ, nacah – Strongs 5375 – (v) – “lift up/carry/take/bear/be carried/exalt/take away/forgive/incur/rise up/rouse/bring upon/be arrogant/provide/take up/raise/suffer/respect/honour/support/provide/take up/long for”

[2] טוּלtuwl – Strongs 2904 – “to hurl/cast/to throw away/carry away/hurl/to throw/cast/cast out/to be hurled/hurled down/best thrown/cast down/be thrown down”

[3] שָׁתַק – shathaq – Strongs 9284 – (v) – “become calm/quiet/quiets down/to be quiet/be silent/grow calm/grow calm after a storm/die down/grow peaceful/become quiet/

[4] מִן, מִנִּי, מֵעַלmin, minniy – Strongs 4880 – (prep) – “from/than/away from/some/from out of/among/too/after/besides/because/toward/above/agaisnt/on the side of/so that not/from/since/after/made of/made from/on account of/above/either… or/some of/more than/too much for/part of/because of/than/by means/since/more than/no more/rather than” +  עַל, עַל־כֵּן, עַל־מוּתʿal – Strongs 5921 – (prep) – “upon/among/before/toward/against/when/during/in additions to/on the ground of/according to/on account of/on behalf of/concerning/beside/together with/beyond/above/over/notwithstanding/next/at/down upon/down from/up to/from/because that/although/under”

[5] סַעַר  –סְעָרָה  ca‘ar, câ‘arah – Strongs 5591 – (n . m or f) – “tempest/storm/whirlwind/galeviolent weather storm/hurricane/ storm with focus on whirling wind that causes destruction”

[6] בָּשַׁלbashal – Strongs 1310 – “boil/cook/roast/bake/ripen/grow ripe/be boiled/be sodden/brought to ripeness/boiled at all/produced ripe/seethe”

[7] חָתַרchathar – Strongs 2864 – (v) – “to dig/dug/to row/rowed/dig through. Dig down/dig into”

[8] יַבָּשָׁהyabbashah – Strongs 3004 – (n . f) – “dry land/dry ground/land”

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Consequesnces

Friday, March 24, 2017

Jonah 1:10-11

 

10 And the men were afraid… great fear (came on them), and they said to him, “Why have you done this?” because[1] the men knew that he was running from the presence of (The Lord) Yahweh, since[2] he told them.

 

11 And they said to him, “What are we do to you (so that) the sea will become calm[3]?” because the sea was moving[4] and stormy[5].

APPLICATION

The men were afraid… and it was a great fear…  This is another interesting point, because the men were already afraid because of the storm.  However, at this point, their fear had increased disproportionally, and they were terrified… i.e. more afraid of what Jonah’s God might do than they were of the storm, before.  Now, they knew its cause.

They asked why Jonah had done this, and the Scripture says that they already knew he was running from the Lord Yahweh, because he’d told them.  Then they asked him what they could do to him to calm down the storm.

It’s evident from this story, the story of the flood and the one about Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5, that God does sometime bring an account for people’s actions.  It would be horribly wrong to say that all disasters are directly caused by sin, because Job, for instance, was THE most righteous man alive, and look what happened to him… not to mention Jesus.  However, better to live God’s way and to fear Him, than to suffer the potential consequences of disobedience and poor decision.

Prayer

Father, please help me to live, and do things, Your way.  Please guide me in the paths of righteousness, even if it’s only to ensure that Your name is honoured among people.  Please bless me and my family, enlarge our territory, that Your hand will be with us, so that we don’t cause pain.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen


[1] כִּי, כִּי עַל כֵּן, כִּי־אִם, כַּמָּהkiy – Strongs 7563 – (conjunction) – “whenever/whether/that/for/as though/as/because/but/then/certainly/except/surely/since/for if/but rather/except that/only/nevertheless/surely/for though/for therefore/burning/branding/physical marking of the skin to show sign of ownership by another”

[2] כִּי, כִּי עַל כֵּן, כִּי־אִם, כַּמָּהkiy – Strongs 7563 – (conjunction) – “whenever/whether/that/for/as though/as/because/but/then/certainly/except/surely/since/for if/but rather/except that/only/nevertheless/surely/for though/for therefore/burning/branding/physical marking of the skin to show sign of ownership by another”

[3] שָׁתַק – shathaq – Strongs 9284 – (v) – “become calm/quiet/quiets down/to be quiet/be silent/grow calm/grow calm after a storm/die down/grow peaceful/become quiet/

[4] הָלַךְhalak – Strongs 1980 – (v) – “went/walk/walked/walks/alking/walking around/to go/going/gone/come/led/travel/go about/follow/get rid of/depart/departs/departing/continue/proceed/escort/move/go away/die/moving/live/manner of life/to traverse/to walk about/to lead/bring/lead away/carry/cause to walk/take control/drive/receive/change of state/fly/flash down/flash” back/swallow/concern/bandit/crawl/increase/flow/parade/prowled//sprouts/stalks/vagabond/vanishedrobber/wander/wanderer/went/patrol/pressed heavier”

[5] סַעַרca‘ar – Strongs 5590 – (v) – “to strom/to rage/storm-tossed/scattered them with a storm/strormed/stormier/blown away”

lication

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What Did You Do?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jonah 1:8-9

8 And they said to him, “Tell us, now!  Trhough who, (and) for who, (has) this evil (come) to us?  What’s your work[1]?  And from where do you come?  What’s your land?  And what’s[2] this people you (come) from?”

 

9 And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew[3].  And I fear God, (The Lord) Yahweh of heaven, who made the sea and the dry ground dry land[4].”

Application

The lot had fallen to Jonah, and now the people on board the ship wanted to know what he’d done wrong to bring this trouble on them.  They asked him a whole heap of questions about his work, the land he came from, and the people he came from.

However, none of this would have come as a surprise to Jonah, since he was running away from God, and knew exactly why the trouble had come to them.  He told them that he was a Hebrew and that he feared God, Yahweh of heaven… who made everything… including the sea and the dry ground.

I find it interesting that, at this moment, Jonah declares his fear of The Lord Yahweh.  Up until this point in the story, he’d done anything but Fear Him.  He’d deliberately disobeyed Yahweh, and ran away from Him… But now, Jonah remembers who God is, and what He’d done.

Perhaps it would be a good thing for me to start fearing God in everything, rather than wait until everything’s on the line.  There’s not much of a witness in living any way I please, running away from God… like Jonah, my words must sometimes seem empty.  I need to have substance to my character.  Having said that, God wasn’t done with Jonah, and He’s not done with me either.

Prayer

Father, please teach me how to fear You in all I do, not just in church on Sundays, or when I’m trying to get a point across.  Please help my character and behaviour to reflect You at all times.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen


[1] מְלָאכָהmâlaʾkah – Strongs 4399 – (n . f) – “work//workers/workmen/occupation/business/property/workmanship/service/public business/anything/article/made/cattle/craftsmanship/details/duties/labourer/performed/project/purpose/something/supplies/task/use/used/possessions/something useful”

[2] אֵי – ey – Strongs 335 – (interrogative adv) – “what/where/whence/shich/how/whether/why/to what purpose”

[3] עִבְרִיʿIbriy – “Hebrew/Hebrew women/Hebrew man/descendant(s) of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob/of Eber/ = ‘one from beyond’”

[4] יַבָּשָׁהyabbashah – Strongs 3004 – (n . f) – “dry land/dry ground/land”

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Wake Up!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jonah 1:6-7

 

6 And the commander[1] of the seamen[2] approached him and said to him, "How (can) you be asleep[3]?  Get up (and) call to your God.  Perhaps, God will think[4] of us, and we won't perish. 

 

7 And (each) man said to the other, “Come, and let the lot fall, so we can know (why) this evil is upon us…”  (Then) they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.

Application

Jonah may have been happy to sleep.  However, the ship's captain wasn't quite so enamoured by the idea.  They were all up on the deck, praying, while Jonah didn't seem to care.  He told Jonah to get up, and call on his God... perhaps Jonah's God was going to act in response.

Naturally enough, Jonah didn't want to call on God.  In all probability, unlike the other men, , Jonah had actually heard a message from God, personally.  And, in response, Jonah had decided to run away.  Little wonder he didn't want to say much.

The crew determined that someone had done the wrong thing, and that was why they were now in so much trouble.  So, they cast lots to wee who the culprit might be, and the lot fell to Jonah.

I might be able to run from God. The problem is that when I'm running from God, I'm not going to want to talk with Him.  In addition, even though I'm running, I'll never get away, and my rebellion will certainly catch up with me.

Prayer

Father, please help me to obey You, as soon as I hear Your voice.   If there's any area where I've been running away from You, or disobeying You, please show me.  Help me to think, say and do what You want.  Fill me with Your Spirit.

In Jesus' name.  Amen


[1] רַבrab – Strongs 7227 – (adj / n . m) – “many/great/greater/greatly/abundant/mighty/enough/more//large amount/abounding/much/long time/multitude/abundance/greatness/abounds/numerous/masses/plenty/populous/powerful/precvalent/severe/very/widespread area/long/all/commander/military officer/captain/champion/chief/leading officers/official/archer/bowman/person who shoots arrows”

[2] חֹבֵל chobel – Strongs 2259 – (n . m) – “sailor/seamen/pilots/shipmaster/captain”

[3] רָדַםradam – Strongs 7290 – (v) – “to be asleep/be unconscious/fall into a heavy sleep/be fast asleep/cast into a dead sleep/deep sleep/dead sleep/fallen sound asleep/fell into a deep sleep/sleeping/sound asleep/be in a heavy or deep sleep/to lose consciousness through sleep”

[4] עָשַׁת, עָשַׁתʿashath – Strongs 6245 – (v) – “be shiny/to be smooth/gleam/sleek/grow sleek/to think/act favourably/take notice/remember/think about”

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A Big Storm

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Jonah 1:4-5

4 And (The Lord) Yahweh threw down[1] a great wind to the sea, and there was a great storm[2] in the sea, and the ship was thought to be[3] about to break up.  5 The sailors[4] were afraid and (each) man cried out for help[5] to his gods.  But Jonah went down (into) the remotest part[6] of the ship[7], lay down[8], and fell asleep[9].

Application

The Lord Yahweh saw what had happened, and He threw a great storm down onto the sea… so much so that the sailors thought the ship was going to break up.  The sailors, seasoned seamen, who had doubtlessly faced many storms without even a hint of fear, were terrified.  They were all praying to their gods for the storm to cease, but to no avail… hardly surprising since their gods had no power against The Lord Yahweh.

Meanwhile, Jonah got up, and went down into the remotest part of the ship, in to the hold somewhere, where he lay down, and fell asleep.

Already, twice in this book, Jonah has turned the other way when people were perishing…. The first because of their sin, and the second because of the storm and their ignorance of God.  Worse than that, Jonah was the indirect cause of the storm, and he still didn’t care.

I can’t afford to hide away and go to sleep while people perish.  I’ve been put here for such a time as this, and my role is to bring the good news to people, and usher them into God’s kingdom.

Prayer

Father, please forgive me for sleeping while people are perishing.  Please forgive me for running the other way, when you’re calling me to bring Your word and Your hope to others.  Please speak clearly so that I know what You want me to do, and give me the courage to immediately obey.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen


[1] טוּלtuwl – Strongs 2904 – “to hurl/cast/to throw away/carry away/hurl/to throw/cast/cast out/to be hurled/hurled down/best thrown/cast down/be thrown down”

[2] סַעַר  –סְעָרָה  ca‘ar, câ‘arah – Strongs 5591 – (n . m or f) – “tempest/storm/whirlwind/galeviolent weather storm/hurricane/ storm with focus on whirling wind that causes destruction”

[3] חֲשַׁבchashab – Strongs 2804 – (v) – “to think/account/be regarded/have an opinion about/thought to be”

[4] מַלָּחmallach – Strongs 4419 – (n . m) –  “sailors/mariner/seaman/sailor/person whose vocation is to work on ships”

[5] זָעַקzaʿaq – Strongs 2199 – (v) – “cry/cry out/call/call for help/assemble/call to assemble together/be called/summon/issue a proclamation”

[6] יְרֵכָהyârekah – Stongs 3411 – (n . f) – “rear/remote parts/remotest parts/rear part/extreme rear/recesses/distant border/remote area/summit/depth/below/flank/side recesses/extreme parts/far/hold/inner recesses/innermost part/within”

[7] סְפִינָה  - câphiynah – Strongs 5600 – (n . f) – “ship/vessel/sea-going vessel”

[8] שָׁכַבshakab – Strongs 7901 – “slept/lay/lay down/to lie/lie down/lies down/lay down/rest/sleep/sleeps/taking/tip/lain/lain downmake your bed/recline/lie on/rest/relax/lie – i.e. have sex with/slept with/rest/make lie down/lodge/to be laid/made to lie down or over/lie with/be slept with/be lain with/make lie down/to be laid”

[9] רָדַםradam – Strongs 7290 – (v) – “to be asleep/be unconscious/fall into a heavy sleep/be fast asleep/cast into a dead sleep/deep sleep/dead sleep/fallen sound asleep/fell into a deep sleep/sleeping/sound asleep/be in a heavy or deep sleep/to lose consciousness through sleep”

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Get up! And Go!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Jonah 1:1-3

1 The word of (The Lord) Yahweh happened (to come) to Jonah, the son of Amittai[1], saying, 2 Get up! Go to Nineveh[2], the great city, and call out against it, because their wickedness has gone up before me.”

 

3 And Jonah got up to run away[3] to Tarshish[4], from the presence[5] of (The Lord) Yahweh  He went down (to) Joppa[6], found a ship going to Tarshish, he gave the fare[7], and went down into (the ship), to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of (The Lord) Yahweh.

 

Application

The Lord Yahweh appeared to Jonah, and told him to get up and go to Nineveh, the great city, and to call out against it because of the people’s wickedness.

So, Jonah did get up, but, instead of going to Nineveh, he went to Joppa to run away from God’s presence.  In Joppa, he found a ship going to Tarshish, paid the fare, and boarded the ship to go with them to Tarshish… away from God’s presence, and in contrast to the Lord Yahweh’s command.

I guess I know the story, but already it’s possible to see that trouble is brewing.  When God speaks, it’s not a wise thing to hear God speak, and then do something else instead.  Jonah was told to go to cry out against the wickedness in Nineveh, but it was too much for him, and he ran away.

God wants to speak to me… and I want to hear… but, when He speaks, the most important thing is that I obey without asking questions, and certainly without running away.  God is good and generous.  His intentions are always in my best interests.  When I obey God, I actually do the best thing for me.

Prayer

Father, please speak clearly, and please give me the courage to immediately obey You.  I ask for Your power and Your grace in every area of my life.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen


[1] אֲמִתַּי – ’Amittay – Strongs 573 – (n . m proper) – “Amittai, name of Jonah, the prophet’s father = ‘my truth’”

[2] נִינְוֵהNiynâveh – Strongs 5210 – (n proper) – “Nineveh, situated on the east bank of the Tigris River, 400km north of Babylond and capital of ancient Assyria/‘abode of Ninus’”

[3] בָּרַחbarach – Strongs 1272 – (v) 0  “fled/flee/fleeing/fees/ran away/passthrough/gone away/put to flight/to go through/flee/run away/put to flight/chase away/extend/hurry away/hasten/cause to flee/to drive away/come quickly/drives his away/drove him away”

[4] תַּרְשִׁישׁ, תַּרְשִׁישׁTarshiysh – Strongs 8659 – (n . m Proper n) – “Tarshish = ‘region of the stone’ OR stone of the region/yellow jasper’” – Bilhan the Benjamite’s son/a wise man close to King Ahasuerus of Persia/a city in Phoenicia/a city somewhere near the Red Sea (site inknown) where shipes were constructed at Ezion-geber wer to sail to. = “precious stone/semi-precious gem/(possibly) chrysolite/yellow jasper, beryl, topaz or other yellow coloured stone”

[5] לִפְנֵי, לִפְנָי, פָּנֶהpaniym – Strongs 6440 – (n . m) – “face/presence/faces/sight/person/mouth/surface/open/appearance/formerly/before/in the presence/from before the face of/in front of/forward/from the presence of/from before/ from before the face of/before and behind/to the front of/from before time/against/ahead/anger/appearance/attendcountenance/direction/faced/favour/intended/lifetime/long/meet/personalpersonally/preceded/ours/outer/over/request/respect/table/tops/under/vanguard/whole”

[6] יָפוֹ  - yaphow – Strongs 3305 – (n proper) – “Joppa, name of a maritime town on the southwest coast of Palestine, in territory of Dan… was the primary port of Jerusalem during the reign of Solomon = ‘beautiful’”

[7] שָׂכָרsakar – Strongs 7939 – (n . m) – “wages/hire/reward/pay/pay back/compensation/service/fare/fee/passage-money/name of a person”

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