Posts from April 2020

Posts from April 2020

Jonah 2 – the big fish

Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish – this seems as good a position for pray as any other. Notice how Jonah describes where he is – the belly of Sheol, the deep, the deep surrounded me, the roots of the mountains, down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever, his life is in the pit – in other words, Jonah is in the grave. It is like he…

Jonah 1 – going down and hurling things

Obadiah had predicted God’s judgment on Edom for their crimes against Israel. That is exactly the theology that Jonah wanted to apply to the current enemy of Nineveh. When Yahweh called Jonah to cry out against Nineveh, he understood that God’s word of judgment included the possibility of repentance – and Jonah did not want that. Nineveh is north-west by land, so Jonah…

Amos 8:4-12 – The Day of the LORD

Israel is living in peace and luxury, but they are also acting with social injustice particularly toward the poor. Amos, like many of the Old Testament prophets, speaks of a future Day of the LORD – a day of judgment upon Israel and the nations. The Day of the LORD is catastrophic and cosmic. The land trembles and rises and sinks like a river – an earthquake. Not only the…

Amos 7:10-17 – Who was Amos?

Amos lived in a time when Israel was experiencing the best political and economic circumstances since the time of King Solomon. There was peace, Judah and Israel’s boundaries were expanding and there was a growing wealthy middle and upper class. Life was the best it had been in about 200 years! As people have tended to do throughout history, they believed that their…

Luke 24 – He is risen indeed

Two wonderful quotes about the resurrection are below (Friedrich Krummacher, Russell Moore): In that mourning group [of women] you see only the first divinely quickened germs of the future kingdom of the divine Sufferer. From a few, a multitude that no man can number will before long proceed.  But sometime before dawn on Sunday morning, a spike-torn hand twitched. A…