Quick Word from Pastor John –
Danger! Danger Prophet Jonah!
Week Two of Jonah:
One of my dad’s favorite shows from when he was a kid was a show called Lost in Space. Ever hear of it? Chances are you probably have never seen the original series from, I think the 60’s, but if you’ve been on Netflix, you’ve probably seen the modern remake series. Anyway, the reason I bring this up is because in the show, there is a robot who follows along one of the main characters and every time danger comes along, the robot declares “Danger! Danger, Will Robinson!” Then, the robot steps in and protects the character from certain death. Hooray!
How great would it be if we had these kinds of robots in our lives? If we could walk around town late at night without any fear of danger since if it did come, we’d be alerted and saved by our metal, artificially intelligent friend? Now, imagine if this robot could detect spiritual danger as well? How great would that be? If every time we were about to do something against God and sin, this robot stepped in and stopped us? Thing is, this doesn’t exist, but what we do get to help us are biblical examples that show the cause and effect relationships that result from our sin. One of these examples comes from our good friend Jonah, the prophet of God we began lookin at last week. As we saw, Jonah fled from the will of God. He was told to go to Nineveh and call them out on their sin, but he fled and jumped on a boat heading in the complete opposite direction. Today, we’ll look at the danger that resulted.
In Jonah 1:4, we read, “But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up.” As Jonah fled, God sent a huge storm to rock the ship. Apparently, it was a pretty bad storm too since even the sailors, who were experienced and probably spent a lot of time out on the water during storms, were afraid and praying for their lives. But this isn’t the danger I want us to learn from today. Now, let’s read Jonah 1: 5-6. These verses read, “Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep. So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.” The danger we see from these verses is found in the fact that Jonah’s reaction to the storm was worse than the non-believing sailors. On one hand, we have the sailors praying for their lives calling on their gods to save them. On the other hand, we have Jonah, a prophet of God sleeping in the most dangerous part of the boat during a storm accepting his death at the hand of God. If you think about it, this means he would rather die than repent from his sin and head towards Nineveh. Jonah’s sin of fleeing led him to care even less about his own life than the sailors did. We see this at numerous points through the remainder of this chapter.
So where is the robot for us in this story crying danger, danger! Well, for us it is the lesson we can learn. When we flee from the calling of God in our life, we gradually flee from it in the direction of sin. Staying out of His will causes us to accept more and more sin and can push us to the same point as Jonah here, a point where we care even less than non-believers about our lives. Ask yourself today, is this biblical example crying “Danger! Danger (insert your name here)!” right now? Are you fleeing from God’s direction in your life causing you to sin more and more? As we will learn next week, the only way to fix this is to repent and walk in the direction of God’s leading in your life.