Jonah 4; 10 – 11
10 Then the Lord said, “You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow,
And should I not have concern 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 Jonah 4; 10-11
The gourd thou hadst pity on was but one; but the inhabitants of Nineveh, whom I have pity on, are numerous.” It is a great city and very populous, as appears by the number of the infants, suppose from two years old and under; there are 120,000 such in Nineveh, that have not come to so much use of understanding as to know their right hand from their left, for they are yet but babes. These are taken notice of because the age of infants is commonly looked upon as the age of innocence. So many there were in Nineveh that had not been guilty of any actual transgression, and consequently had not themselves contributed to the common guilt, and yet, if Nineveh had been overthrown, they would all have been involved in the common calamity; “and shall not I spare Nineveh then, with an eye to them?” God has a tender regard to little children, and is ready to pity and succour them, nay, here a whole city is spared for their sakes, which may encourage parents to present their children to God by faith and prayer, that though they are not capable of doing him any service (for they cannot discern between their right hand and their left, between good and evil, sin and duty), yet they are capable of participating in his favours and of obtaining salvation. Matthew Henry Commentary
God by faith and prayer, that though they are not capable of doing him any service (for they cannot discern between their right hand and their left, between good and evil, sin and duty), yet they are capable of participating in his favours and of obtaining salvation. Matthew Henry Commentary
God cares for those who are not able even to appreciate or understand that care. KJV Commentary
It only made sense that God would take pity on human beings, who are made in God’s image.
The lesson of this little book is that God loves the world—not just the Jews, but the Gentiles as well. God claims to be the Creator of all peoples, and this alone is sufficient to establish His love of His creation. Should our love have any narrower restrictions ?
My Own Reflections
Since my mother’s death March, 8 in 2012 God has put on my heart to pray for the loss souls within my family. Prior to my mother death she and I will meet regularly and pray for the sick, the local church, the leaders of the church, family issues, and those that don’t know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savour. In my journal I wrote these words, on March 06 2012, “ I thank Linda the nurse on duty for all her serves she brief me about palliative care was coming in the afternoon. Than it hit my like ton of bricks mother going to die. Maybe it was the Frisian stubbornness along with the thick hair or my fathead, or my mother once call my a knuckled, likely it was the intense. Several months of caring for her was drawing to a close. The end of era and beginning of a new chapter was in the horizon. I felt like I was at the lower scale of despondency, and If I’d descend to another depth Il’d have had to climb up two rung on a ladder to be at lowest point of despair. It was not caring for her or the suffering she went through enough suffering. She was a mentor, teacher, my Gamaliel and most important we‘re passionate prayer warrior. We would pray regularity for the lost souls leaders, pastors, and elders. The sick and homeless. I was about lose prayer partner she and I was a passionate prayer warrior especially for the lost. When I arrived home. I wept! Susan held and said very little. When you’re at the lowest point of despair it good of have a friend who says very little in times trouble water good for Susan ! Jeremiah 12; 5 “If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, Then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, How will you do in the thicket of the Jordan? On this day, my responsibilities caring for mother officially came to a close. A new era is on the horizon.
As believer we sometimes thinks, the comfort of life is a blessing that from God. Yet, the hardships and trials produces the greatest fruit while comfort of life produces very little fruit, C.S. Lewis Often God speaks loudest in pain “ Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
Often, the devil uses comforts to distract us from God’s work; for example, praying often we remember the sick, we remember the pastors and the leaders, we remember the afflicted, the government for wisdom insight in which we should do and must do. Yet, as followers of Christ how often do we take time to pray for those who do know Christ atoning work? What more important praying for the sicks or those who do not know Christ atoning work? As follower of Christ where is our priority? Perhaps as Christians we got accustomed to our comfortable life styles , maybe these words wrote in the movie God Is Not Dead, “Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn’t want them turning to God. Their sin is like a jail cell; except it all nice and comfy and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to leave. The door’s wide open. Till one day, time runs out, and the cell door slams shut, and suddenly it’s too late.” Maybe our success is God’s failure What seems a to be a failure is God success as C.S. Lewis quoted, “ Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”
May be we as Christians should like heart Calvin, when he wrote theses word to the King of France. “ And I toiled at the task chiefly for the sake of my countrymen the French, multitudes of whom I perceived to be hungering and thirsting after Christ.” Remember Christ said similarly words from Mark 6; 34, “ He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.”
The scripture declares these words, “ After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; 10 and they cry out with a loud voice, saying,“ Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
Perhaps the followers of Christ are being reshaped by God, and He is reshaping our own temple as C.S.Lewis states, ” Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But, presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
My brother sent e mail in response about e mail I sent to the family about healing moment within our family. He wrote these words “This Psalm sprung to my heart when I read your email.” Written by Joseph M. Scriven an Irish poet who wrote What Friend We Have Jesus to her mother gravely ill at the time; note the first stance, “ All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer! Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer!”
This come from my heart and burns !!!