Sunday, April 14, 2013

Jonah Is Focused Now

Jonah 3:2-3 KJV
Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey.

Sometimes we read things without really asking the questions that make a thing make sense. A casual reading implies that the whale spit up Jonah on some shore next to Nineveh. Some Bible students over the years have had the great fish swimming all the way around the Horn of Africa to get Jonah closer to Nineveh. Others have had it swimming up long rivers.[1] The fact is that there is no shore next to Nineveh and that the fish must have vomited him on a shore two thousand miles away from Nineveh. Think of the distractions Jonah faced in doing the will of God now:
  • There would have been a month or two traveling
  • There would have been weariness in travel
  • There would have been numerous cities, towns and villages encountered
  • There would have been countless souls spoken to along the way.

Jonah got God's message well this time. Nothing got in the way of the will of the Lord. Nothing kept him from his assignment.

May we be so determined to be in the will of God. And may we not have to go to the belly of hell to get there.

[1] Even then he would still have been more than 1200 miles from the city.

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