Jonah Flees

Today my sister and I have started reading Jonah together, and we decided to share the Gospel from the passage’s in Jonah that we read each day with you. Head to Joy’s Blog to find her thoughts on the passage!

Today God has given Joy and I Jonah 1:12-13 which says:

12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”

13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before.”

Jonah is running away from God; a bit ridiculous right? How can you possibly run away from God who is everywhere at all times; how can you run away from an omnipresent God? But you can see in verse 12 that Jonah is acknowledging that he has sinned, and he is not running away from it. That happens to us, too; we might not want to share the Gospel with someone as God has called us to do, so we might run away from what God has called us to do. So running away from God doesn’t sound as ridiculous as it is when you’re the one doing it.

But that’s just a side note; let’s talk about the main point: the Gospel! As you can see by the sailors frantic efforts to save Jonah in verse 13, they thought his was going to die (and rightly so). But why was Jonah going to “die”? Why would Jonah actually tell the sailors to throw him overboard? Because he wanted to save their lives; he knew it was the only way. It’s the same with Jesus, who laid down His life to save us. Jesus knew that the only way for us humans to live without God’s wrath was to die for us on a cross. So Jesus laid down His life so that we might have ours given to us.

Many people like to focus on the “do this, do that” aspect of certain stories. In this passage it might be: “don’t run away from God”, just basic things that you can see would be a do or a don’t. But if you look at the sailors in verse 13 you can see that they tried to do something instead of doing it the way God planned (although God also planned the sailors trying to do it their own way), but it didn’t work. It only got worse! And the same goes for us; the more we try to not sin and be perfect so that we might gain our own righteousness, the more we sin and the more we become shameful. So, long story short, just trust in Jesus’ perfect blood to save you of your sins because (trust me) you can’t do it yourself.

I’ve enjoyed the first post like this, and I hope you did too!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

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