Resources from Jonah

Runaway Jonah, and the Convenient Ship

Aug 10 SAD sight! Sere is a servant of God running away from his work. As well see the stars wandering from their spheres. When we read that he fled from the presence of God, we do not suppose that Jonah thought that he could get away from God as to his omnipresence; but he wanted to escape serving in the divine presence: he wished to avoid being employed by God in...

Jonah 1:3

Jonah’s Object-Lessons

Jun 11 I WANT to lay the stress especially upon these three sentences in my text, —      “God prepared a gourd.”      “God prepared a worm.”      “God prepared a vehement east wind.”      The life of Jonah cannot be written without God; take God out of the prophet’s history, and there is no history to write. This is equally true of each one of us. Apart from God, there is...

Jonah 4:6-8

Jonah's Resolve, or "Look Again"!

Dec 14 WHAT a complex creature is man! Those who fancy that they can fully describe him do not understand him. He is a riddle and a contradiction. As says Ralph Erskine— “I’m in mine own and others’ eyes A labyrinth of mysteries.” Here, for instance, is a confession from David. “So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou...

Jonah 2:4

Travelling Expenses on the Two Great Roads

Apr 2 As a general rule, wherever we go, whatever we do, we must “pay the fare thereof." Expenditure is connected with every act, work, and operation. The sun does not constantly flood this world, and all its sister spheres, with light and heat, without some kind of consumption within itself; nor doth the earth yield her fruits of harvest except at the cost of the matter of which it is composed....

Jonah 1:3

Labour in Vain

May 1      THESE mariners manifested most commendable humanity. They were not willing, even though it were to preserve their own lives, to cast overboard an innocent man; therefore they first used their best endeavours; and when these failed they made a solemn appeal to God, entreating him not to lay upon them innocent blood: and then, since necessity hath no law, Jonah as a last resource was given up to the boisterous element, but not till...

Jonah 1:12-13

What Meanest Thou, O Sleeper?

Sep 14       OF all the men in the ship, Jonah was the person who ought most to have been awake; but nevertheless, he was not only asleep, but fast asleep; all the creaking of the cordage, the dashing of the waves, the howling of the winds, the straining of the timbers, and the shouting of the mariners, did not arouse him; he was fast locked in the arms of...

Jonah 1:5-6

Who Can Tell?

Sep 18      This was the forlorn hope of the Ninevites: "Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?" The book of Jonah should be exceedingly comfortable to those who are despairing because of the wickedness of their times. Nineveh was a city as great in its wickedness as in its power. If any of us with little faith...

Jonah 3:9

Salvation of the Lord

May 10      Jonah learned this sentence of good theology in a strange college. He learned it in the whale's belly, at the bottom of the mountains, with the weeds wrapped about his head, when he supposed that the earth with her bars was about him for ever. Most of the grand truths of God have to be learned by trouble; they must be burned into us with the hot iron...

Jonah 2:9