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Thankful for One greater than Jonah!

Scripture reading for September 29th:  Amos 8-9, Obadiah, Jonah 1-2

Key Scriptures:  Jonah 1:14-17  “Then they cried to the Lord, “O Lord, please do not let us die for taking this man’s life.  Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for You, O Lord have done as You pleased.”  Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm.  At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to Him. But the Lord provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights.”

Jonah had been instructed to go to Nineveh and preach God’s coming judgment.  Jonah rebelled and boarded a ship for Tarshish.  A great storm arose and God revealed it was Jonah who had caused it.  Jonah told them to cast him into the sea.  They did and this calmed the angry waves.  God provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, where he stayed for three days and nights.  His ordeal mirrors prophetically that of Jesus Christ over 800 years later, who preached repentance to His own people!

God’s amazing plans:  “He (Jesus) answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign!  But none will be given it except for the sign of the prophet Jonah.  For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.  The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented a the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here.””  (Matthew 12:39-41)

 

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The sign of Jonah!

Scripture reading for April 5th: Luke 11:14-36

Jesus’ ministry was marked by supernatural power.  He was a man of prayer who sought God for instructions each day and then walked out what God showed Him to do.  He did not play to the crowd, doing miraculous signs just to please those who watched.  He wasn’t into popularity or fame, but instead was solely focused on His Father’s will.

There were those who were skeptical of Jesus’ spiritual power to cast out demons.  After the miraculous deliverance of a mute man, some accused Him of casting out these devils by the power of Beelzebub, the prince of demons.  Still others wanted to see more signs and the crowds grew in anticipation of a greater show of power.  (Luke 11:14-16) “As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation.  It asks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.  For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.” “ (Luke 11:29-30)

Jesus did not take the popular approach and perform some more miracles for these skeptical people.  He gave them a word picture from the Scriptures about one of their prophets, Jonah, who was running from God and His purpose for his life.  A great storm came upon the boat as he fled and the result was Jonah thrown overboard and swallowed by a great fish. (Jonah 2:14-17)   Jonah spent three days and nights in the belly of that fish before being vomited out on the shores of Nineveh.  The Ninevites repented at his preaching and were spared disaster.  (Jonah 3:4-10)  (Matthew 12:39-41)

The major sign Jesus would give these skeptical people was His own death, burial, and resurrection.  On the third day He would rise from the dead and His resurrection would proclaim He was a greater prophet than Jonah.  These people would be judged for their rejection of His message of repentance. “The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now One greater than Jonah is here.” (Luke 11:32)

Be careful about seeking more signs that Jesus is Messiah.  Believe the grand sign, Jesus Christ alive from the dead after three days!  His death and resurrection prove His power and declare He is the Son of God!  (Romans 1:4)

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