Drinking Deeply

Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 12:03 AM

Salvation belongs to the Lord

I've been reading a lot of Jonah.

Jonah's a very interesting book. Most books of prophecy are focused on the specific evils of a nation or city and God's response (or lack thereof, see Habbakuk). But Jonah is particularly interesting in that Nineveh is mentioned only once at the beginning, and then again in chapter 3. The book of Jonah is focused much less on Nineveh and much more on Jonah's response.

Actually, that's really not really accurate. The book is about God all the way through, and He uses Jonah as a means of revealing more of His character.

I think the general idea behind Jonah is "Salvation belongs to the Lord." (Jonah 2:9)

The crux of the book is found in God saving Nineveh, protests of Jonah notwithstanding. He saves whom He saves, and sometimes that includes our enemies. Salvation belongs to the Lord.

And along with that, there are continual indicators of the sovereignty of God over all things:

Jonah 2:1 And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah.

Jonah 4:6 Now the Lord God appointed a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort.

Jonah 4:7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered

Jonah 4:8 When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching east wind

What really is interesting is that the Lord decided to save the Ninevites through the preaching of Jonah, and all that Scripture records as the message of Jonah was a simple, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”

No Gospel message, no call for repentance, no proclamation of hope. Yet the Ninevites put us to shame (who certainly have a fuller revelation), by believing God and proclaiming a fast.

But anyhoo thought that was interesting.

Salvation belongs to the LORD!

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