The depths and the heights

2 04 2011

We’ve been to the depths with Jonah; now it’s time for the heights.  Two link words lead us there –

This time…

“This time Jonah obeyed the Lord’s command.”  And – “The people of Nineveh believed God’s message…and God had mercy on them.”

(It’s worth an aside here.  Nineveh was not in Israel, so the people were not Israelites but Gentiles. So the question raised is, “Should God’s mercy extend to all?”)

I’m cheering for Jonah – he has turned around, he has obeyed God, the people have responded, God has had mercy.  Result!

But then we loop the loop. 

Instead of celebrating God’s loving intervention, Jonah crashes down.  He moans and complains, he’s angry and upset.  Why?  Because God has shown he is God and that Jonah does not call the ultimate shots.

~

“I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.” (Romans 9:14-15)

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