1.Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai,
saying, 2 “Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against
it; for their wickedness has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah set out
to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
When we face something that we think is too much
for us, or have something to do that we just don’t feel like doing, many of
us have this feeling of wanting to run away to avoid the responsibility.
Jonah was given a mission to go and preach against a city. But the city he
was told to go was Nineveh, the capital city of Assyria. Assyria was known
for its ruthlessness, brutality, and domineering power. Because of the
increased wickedness occurring in the city, Jonah was told to go and preach
to them. God wanted them to know that He would save them from their awful
judgement and that He was giving them a chance to repent for their sins.
And although Jonah understood this, he ran away from the Lord. He was not
interested in traveling all the way to Nineveh because he had no compassion
We have some insight on Nineveh in Nahum 3:1-4, when Nineveh
is described as, “the city of blood, full of lies, full of plunder, never
without victims!” It was also described to have “many casualties, piles of
dead, bodies without number, people stumbling over the corpses -” Nineveh
was a scary place. It was not a place anyone would just willingly decide to
travel to. Their cruelty was well known by everyone and Jonah did not like
them. After everything they had done, all the sins and evil they had committed,
why should they be blessed and saved? He wanted them to receive the harsh
judgment they deserved. He was unwilling to share God’s compassion with
Nineveh. Many of us are like Jonah. There are some people we often don’t
want to help because of the things they’ve done. But we have to learn to be
compassionate and forgiving, just like our Almighty Father.
What’s hard to believe in the story of Jonah, is how God
cares about the people of Nineveh, even though they were known for their
terrible atrocities and destruction. But we have to remember that our God
is a compassionate God, who gives us a chance to redeem ourselves.
Lord, help us to have the strength and courage to face
whatever trials and tribulations come our way. Help us to take on our
responsibilities and to carry out Your word. Help us to be more willing to
share Your Compassion with others, even when we think they may not deserve
it. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
“The Lord is gracious and
compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.”
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…