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September 11 - Morning

“But God said to Jonah, ‘Is it right for
you to be angry about the plant?’ ”
JONAH: “It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry
I wish I were dead.”
THE LORD: “But the Lord said, ‘You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not
tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight
and died overnight. And should I not have
for the great city of Nineveh, in which
there are more than a hundred and twenty
thousand people who cannot tell their right
hand from their left—and also many animals?’ ”

- Jonah 4:9-12

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Destroy 120,000 People, but Save the Plant!!


The lesson to be learned from the story of Jonah is found when comparing:

  1. Jonah’s anger for Nineveh being spared with Jonah’s anger with the plant perishing.
  2. God’s question to Jonah concerning his anger for Nineveh’s salvation (“Do you do well to
    be angry?”) with God’s question to Jonah concerning his anger for the plant perishing
    (Do you do well to be angry for the plant?”)
  3. Jonah’s consideration that death was better than life when he realized Nineveh had
    been spared with Jonah’s thinking that it was better to die than to live when he
    realized the plant had perished.
  4. The Lord’s “concern” for 120,000 people plus all the animals in “the great city of Nineveh”
    with Jonah’s “concern” for a single “this plant."

Jonah became concerned for a plant and emotional with “pity” when it died, yet:

  1. Jonah did not design plans for it
  2. Jonah did not plant seeds for it
  3. Jonah did not water it
  4. Jonah did not cause it to grow
  5. The plant grew up quickly overnight
  6. The plant existed for less than 24 hours
  7. The plant was only a plant

Yet, Jonah was so invested and interested in the plant that he responded emotionally to the
fact that it perished when invaded by a worm. Realize that even before the plant grew, Jonah
had already built himself a shelter to provide himself shade in the scorching sun. The loss of the shade from the plant was not the loss of Jonah’s shelter and its shade! Jonah was “concerned”
about the plant and Jonah took “pity” on the plant. When the plant perished Jonah became just
as angry and emotional as when God spared 120,000 people and their animals from invasion
by a foreign army. Jonah was concerned about a single plant and a single worm instead of being concerned about God’s 120,000 people and invading militaries of the nations. Jonah had lost
touch with reality and was more interested in his theological agenda and his own trivial interests
than with the people he was sent to warn. Warning people and turning them to the Truth was
the very reason God sent prophets in the first place.

Why does God mention the animals in the last line of the book of Jonah? Maybe because even
the animals were more important and more valuable than Jonah's dead plant.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“There is but one God the Father of whom are all things and we in him and one Lord Jesus Christ by whom are
all things and we by him.”

- Sir Isaac Newton



Something to Ponder??
“It is hard to resist the impression that the present structure of the universe, apparently so sensitive to minor alterations in
numbers, has been rather carefully thought out.”
– Paul Davies, Australian Cosmologist
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Tsiytsiyt (Hb) - Tassel (Eng), Fringe (KJ) - Israel was to put Tsiytsiy (Numbers 15:38-40)
on the corner of their clothes so that they would remember God's Word.
Tsiytsiyt is derived from the root tsiyts meaning a blossom which grows on a branch
before the fruit is formed. Just as blossoms turn to fruit, the application of God's Word
produces fruit in our lives.
  Tacitus (56-117 AD), a Roman senator and historian,
wrote of Jesus:
“Nero punished with the utmost refinement of cruelty,
a class hated for their abominations, who were commonly called Christians. Chrestus (Christ), from whom their name derived, was executed at the hands of the Procurator Pontius Pilate in the reign of Tiberius.” 
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Is my selfishness preventing me from doing or saying the right thing?
I will replace a selfish thought or action with an act of love that considers others before myself.
  "Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves."
- Proverbs 11:17
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Daniel 4 Matthew 7 Ezekiel 44
Prayer for Today
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Relaxation and refreshing Testimony to the
Power of God


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Namibia - liberal theology in Lutheran and Anglican churches started in the 1800's
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The ages or dispensations of history.
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The clay impressions from Gedaliah son of Pashhur and Jehucal son of Shelemiah. Both these men (Gedaliah and Jehucal) are mentioned in Jeremiah 38:1 when they threw Jeremiah into a cistern in the courtyard of the royal palace. These dime-size pieces of clay were used to seal documents in the palace of the king of Judah until the Babylonian fires of 586 destroyed the documents and glazed the clay into these hardened
remainswe have today called bullae.
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