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生闷气的传道者

(2007-09-15 13:25:15)
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生闷气的传道者

 



读经:   约拿书四章

这个有趣的故事中另有一个奇突的转变。这个宣讲审判和悔改信息的传道者,如今却静坐一边,要看看这城的结局到底如何(5节)。神愿意赦免尼尼微城的百姓,约拿却对此大为不悦。

 

约拿不悦的原因很多。首先,他是个犹太人,对神要施恩予外邦人实在很不以为然。对外邦人,他似乎没法有爱心。我们可以批评说他对失丧的灵魂没有爱,但不妨先自问:我们对人的爱心又有多少呢?

 

他的骄傲也暴露无遗。他原本并不愿向尼尼微城的居民宣讲神的审判,神后来又没有按着他所传的作,反倒要赦免他们。这也让他不悦。

 

神这次要怎样对付约拿呢?约拿原先坐在棚下,炽烈的阳光晒得他非常辛苦。神使一颗蓖麻奇迹般地快速生长,为他遮荫,使他免受日晒之苦。约拿因这棵蓖麻大大喜悦。也许他正在庆幸,以为自己赢得神的看顾的时候,神却命一条虫子来把蓖麻吃掉。约拿重新曝晒在太阳之下!他被晒得发昏便大大地发怒。

 

我们可以想像那时神与约拿的对话。神问:「约拿,你不高兴吗?」约拿撅着嘴说:「你把我的树荫拿去,任由我在这里饱受热风和烈日之苦,你是爱我吗?」「约拿,你只想到自己和你的舒适。难道你不关心城里的人吗?我却关心他们。约拿,我不想看见他们死。」

 

约拿的故事到这里结束。它不单是一段历史,其中不乏我们要学到的功课。神对待人,是要引领人悔改,并且让人带着爱心乐意去事奉。你与我是否同在神的引领下,面对同样的功课?

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THE POUTING PREACHER
Day 5


Bible Reading:   BIBLE READING: Jonah 4
What a strange twist in a very strange story! Here is the preacher who spoke of judgment and the need of repentance but then he was sitting, waiting to see what was going to happen to the city! (v.5) God had forgiven the people of Ninevah and Jonah didn't like God doing just that.

Jonah's problems were many. First he was a Jew and didn't like preaching mercy to any who weren't Jews. He seemed to have no love for anybody who wasn't a Jew. We could say he had no love for lost souls. Then we need to ask: How much love do we have?

Secondly his pride seemed to have shown up very badly. He didn't like the idea of preaching judgment and then God not doing what he, Jonah, had prophesied.

How was God going to deal with Jonah this time? While he was sitting there in a rough bough shelter in the hot sun feeling sorry for himself, God caused a vine to grow quickly and miraculously over the rough shelter and protect him from the fierce heat. Jonah was very glad for the vine. Did he think he deserved some consideration? But next God caused a worm with a tremendous appetite to eat down the vine. Back to the hot sun! Jonah was bitter and angry.

The conversation could have gone something like this: God asked, 'What's the matter, Jonah?' Jonah replies (in a pout), 'You took away my shade and left me here in the hot wind and sun. Don't you love me?' 'Jonah, you think only of yourself and your own comfort. Don't you care for those people over there in the city? I care about them, Jonah. I don't want to see them die.'

That's where the book ends. Jonah's story is not merely history. It has lessons for us. It is God dealing with a soul and bringing that soul to a place of repentance and willing loving service. Could God be dealing with you or me for those reasons too?

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