Sunday, January 26, 2014

A Very Reluctant Prophet

Jonah ran
Far from his calling
Swiftly in the opposite direction
From where the Lord prescribed
The Ninevites were enemies of the Jews
The thought of them repulsed Jonah
The antithesis of all he held dear
They had brought nothing but misery to his people

Yet God loved them
And the Lord called Jonah to them
To proclaim His living and active word
Jonah’s rebellion caused the sea to quake
When he was thrown into the violent waters
The sea's turmoil ceased

God sent a great fish
It swallowed Jonah whole
Three days and three nights passed
Jonah repented in the belly of the sea creature
In the belly of the whale He offered God
His sorrow and his praise

The obedient fish spewed Jonah
Upon the shore
To the Ninevites he marched
Proclaiming God’s word
Forty more days and Ninevah will be overturned”

A spirit of repentance swept across the land
Multitudes dwelt in the valley of decision
Salvation embraced this wicked city
Jonah’s gloom returned
He longed to die
His heart remained bitter
But God loved this great city

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