Mercy

Jonah 1:1-17, 3:1-10 and 4:1-11
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Focus passage: But Jonah thought this was utterly wrong, and he became angry. Jonah 4:1

One of the key components of ministry is not being attached to the results of our ministry.  So we can remain focused on God and not on the response others may have.  Yet, Jonah is so attached to the results, it is laughable.  He has a 100% conversion rate, down to the livestock and this makes him mad?!?!
Rather than the end of Jonah’s story marking the end of something, it really marks the beginning of something, of God caring for those we place on the outside of our circle, or fence, or favor.  God desires relationship with everyone.  God desires shalom for everyone.  As we remember in Hebrew the word shalom does not just mean peace, like an absence from conflict, but it means a holistic peace that is spiritual and communal.  This picture of repentance is also a picture of holistic peace, the entire community, down to the animals listen to God and together turn from their evil ways to face and follow God.

Prayer: God, help me to love my enemies, to allow your love to permeate all of me today.  Amen.

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