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Three Day Fast - Conversion
Vs 9 “But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Deliverance belongs to the Lord.”
Three types of conversion can be visible in the book of Jonah-(a) Conversion of the loving God, (b) Conversion of the people of Nineveh and (c) Conversion of Jonah, the prophet. Today’s Bible portion shows how conversion occurred in the disobeying prophet. We may focus on some of the elements of his conversion.
Jonah becomes aware about the omnipresence of God.
When Jonah was fleeing from God he tried to hide himself. So he went down into the hold of the ship and slept. He disclosed his identity to the sailors of the ship and said: “I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land” (NRSV1:9). HE chose death over going to Nineveh so that he said to the sailors to throw him into the sea. When he knew that he was not dead, he prayed to God thanking for his deliverance. Through the prayer he admits that God is present in the deepest part of the sea.
Jonah wants to be in God’s presence and his temple.
After their disobedience to God in the Garden of Eden, man and his wife hid themselves from God, among the trees of the garden (Gen3:8, 10). When Jonah went away from God, he hid himself. Now he was swallowed by a big fish and in its belly. Prophet went through utmost suffering. He saw his death face to face. It should be a time of despair. But Jonah finds hope in God. He anticipates going into God’s temple to worship.
3. Jonah reclaims the view that God is the true saviour.
God of the Bible is the liberator and redeemer. Two major events of the whole bible are exodus event and Christ event. Exodus event explains the deliverance of Israel from the slavery of Egypt. Through Christ event, whole humanity gets delivered from the clutches of sin. In the midst of adversity and suffering, Jonah experiences the true God and declares:” salvation comes from the Lord” (V: 9).
Oh Omnipresent God, we admit that we can’t hide anything from you. In the midst of adversities, help us to feel your presence and thank you for your saving hands which appears at the right time. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“Conversion is a complete surrender to Jesus. It’s a willingness to do what he wants to do.” –Billy Sunday (American athlete turned evangelist) Rev Joe John, Chundale St Peter’s MTC, Wayanad Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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…
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