So here we are, Jonah is running, God is trying to get his attention. Jonah is still not listening. Lets take a look as the story continues.
And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?” And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.
(Jonah 1:7-10 ESV)
The men are afraid, so afraid that they turn to a pagan ritual to determine who’s brought this on. As God has shown through out the first chapter, He is still in control. God makes the lot fall on Jonah. God wanted Jonah off that boat. He wanted Jonah on his way to Nineveh. Jonah is now singled out as the reason these men might die on this boat.
So the men decide to ask Jonah 40 questions, on exactly why this happening. Strangely enough, Jonah does not try to hide who He is. He instead tells them who he is and about the God he serves. Jonah is running from God but is not afraid to tell them about God, seem’s a little audacious to me. He says he fears God which is obviously something he doesn’t fully understand. Just as Jonah though we don’t truly fear the Lord. We sin against God on a daily basis. We know how great our God is, in fact we sing it in church every week. Yet we don’t fear that Great God. We don’t fear him like we should fear a father. Instead we pretend our sins are something that we shouldn’t worry about. So we live like people who are save by a God we only know on Sunday and we have the audacity to proclaim a God we don’t fear.
Finally the men get the point, Jonah is running from God. This great God he had just told them about. The men were terrified that they were in the same boat as Jonah. To the point that they declare WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!!!! They don’t worship God, but they know Jonah has messed up. They know Jonah is in sin. Jonahs witness is gone. Just as with us, our witness is effected when we sin, because non-christians know what we teach and tend to hold us more accountable than our own church leadership. We ruin our witness just like Jonah did. We fail to fear God and to obey His Commandments. Thank God that he sent Jesus to pay for our sins because just like Jonah we would be getting ready to (spoiler alert) to take a plunge to our death.
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