Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Lesson from Jonah

From the CANON on this blog:

      How the worship of Baal breaks the Ten Commandments

1.    Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Tyrants do not believe in the true God.  Their god is Tyranny.  They cause their subjects to worship and be dependent on them, rather than God.


1.    God is omnipotent and therefore can solve any problem.  He may choose to use the solutions listed below, but he often provides in ways you could have never imagined.  The poor should cry out to God for help, rather than depending on Baal.

From today’s scripture reading:

Fearing for their lives, the desperate sailors shouted to their gods for help and threw the cargo overboard to lighten the ship.

Instead, the sailors tried even harder to row the boat ashore. But the stormy sea was too violent for them, and they couldn't make it. Then they cried out to the LORD, Jonah's God. "O LORD," they pleaded, "don't make us die for this man's sin. And don't hold us responsible for his death, because it isn't our fault. O LORD, you have sent this storm upon him for your own good reasons." Then the sailors picked Jonah up and threw him into the raging sea, and the storm stopped at once! The sailors were awestruck by the LORD's great power, and they offered him a sacrifice and vowed to serve him.

Jonah 1:5,13-16 (NLT)


I have taken a different lesson from Jonah than the daily devotional did.  I have looked at the story from the perspective of the sailors.

Desparate people shout to Baal for help and try to do what they can to lighten their burden by themselves.  When Baal does not satisfy their need,  they try even harder to solve the problem in their own strength.  Hopefully, after the stormy sea is too violent for them, and they can’t make it, they cry out to the LORD.  They are then awestruck by the LORD’s great power, and vow to serve Him.

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