June 10, Reading 2 – Jonah 3, 4


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SAA Notes

The Assyrians were a savage and cruel nation who practised terrible barbarities on the peoples they raided. Jonah wanted judgment, not mercy for them! Our thoughts are not God’s thoughts! Isaiah 55:8

SJA Notes

* Loving God, please open our hearts to hear Your word today.

“And the people of Nineveh believed God.”

This is a wonderful picture of revival.

And at the heart of it, as always, is a trust in God and in what He says (believing what Jonah told them the Lord had said).

We are reminded of Abraham as we read in Genesis 15,

“And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.”

This is an active hard-won daily trust in God, a faith accompanied by good works.

We see from this passage in Jonah that all the people of Nineveh patterned the same, casting away their sinful practices, and instead walking in obedience before the Lord.

Here is a word for us.

Do we pray for a revival in the hearts of those around us such as what happened in Nineveh?

Not the count of people so much as the true conversion seen in the outworking of obedience, the turning from darkness to light as eyes are opened.

Do we ask God for help in believing in Him as Abraham did, as the people of Nineveh did? – That His word is true, that He is the one and only God.

* Great God,

Please save those around us, please revive dead hearts for Your glory!

And Lord, please help us to grow in our trust and belief in You, in what You say.


June 9, Reading 2 – Jonah 1, 2


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Jonah prophesied about 50 years before Amos and Obadiah. He lived in the Kingdom of Israel, north of the Kingdom of Judah. Jonah’s prayer has much in common with the great prayers of men like David – Psalm 86. Jesus uses this passage to teach His resurrection. Matthew 12:39-41

SJA Notes

* Loving God, please open our eyes to see Jesus today from Your word.

“I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice.”

Jonah is a broken character of a man, given to anger and unresolved frustrations, railing at the world around him and railing at his Lord God.

But here we have a most wonderful passage.

It is a passage that can give the seeker hope, the downtrodden and lost and lonely – The Lord answers prayer! He loves us with a love that has no end!

Deeper still, here Jonah’s word echo the passage of our King Jesus – Who went to the cross, and who went deeper still for us.

Three days and nights Jonah was in the belly of the great fish.

“Then I said, ‘I am driven away from your sight; yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.'”

We see Jonah pointing us to Jesus, God in the person of the Son being forsaken by His Father (God in the person of the Father).

Jesus Himself tells us about this in Matthew chapter 12,

“For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

Our King took the punishment for each sheep in His flock, He took the totalled weight of the sin of every one of God’s people from Adam through to those who will be alive at the last trumpet – And He took that sin to the cross, and as with Jonah so with Jesus, three days and nights in the deep.

Jonah was not Jesus. He did not save anyone. But he points us to Jesus – Who did effectually and intentionally save His people. Once for all time.

* Mighty God,

Thank You for this day. Please help us to go about Your will as we submit underneath it.

Thank You for Your word. Please write it on our hearts as we read and dwell on it.

Thank You for Your saving work to and in us. Please save those around us.

Our hearts go out to the lost and lonely, please call them home our Good Shepherd.