Monday, September 8, 2008

Jonah - Ends

Jonah 4:6-11 Then the LORD God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine. But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered. When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah's head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, "It would be better for me to die than to live." But God said to Jonah, "Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?" "I do," he said. "I am angry enough to die." But the LORD said, "You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?"

I tell ya, I'm a little disappointed in how this one ends. No big wars, no babies born in the lineage of Jesus, just a little bit of common sense knowledge that we sometimes find so hard to grasp. God uses such a small thing to teach Jonah yet another lesson.

Keeping in mind that Jonah is in the middle east and that the weather can get pretty hot, what a relief some covering would be to someone sitting directly in the sun. This is what Jonah was given - a covering for his head. But then the worm came and ate his covering - Now, all of a sudden Jonah wants to kill himself again.

God proves the point that we get upset over losing things that weren't ever ours to begin with It all belongs to Him. So true does His people.

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