Despite his rebellion, disobedience, and apathy, God is going to use Jonah as an instrument for his good news and glory.
In Jonah’s darkest moments, in the belly of a great ﬁsh, Jonah prays.
As our story resumes, Jonah has been unfaithful to God and to his mission. God, in His faithfulness, has caused a storm to halt Jonah’s progress. The story could end here and just provide a cautionary word to the people of God, but He has other plans for His wayward servant.
In this first chapter of the Book of Jonah we are introduced to the man the book is named after. We learn quickly that his plans and God's plans are at odds. Want to take a guess at how that's gonna turn out?
Have you ever got to the end of a book of the Bible and saw the heading "Closing Remarks" and just skip over it? If so, you've missed some great stuff. We conclude our series in Hebrews today as we look at closing remarks made by the author.
We have now reached the final chapter of the book of Hebrews. Our author begins this section with what appears to be a laundry list of commands for the church to fully embrace.
This exhortation now takes us into the fifth and final warning in the book the Hebrews. It is sobering and direct. It is to remind us that not everyone who calls themselves Christians are followers of Jesus (I John 2:19).
Remember the scene in Forrest Gump where he starts running and the braces pop off his legs and everyone realizes that despite previous indications...he was born to run? In Chapter 12, the author tells us that as it relates to the message of the Gospel, we too...were born to run!
Last week we learned that it was by faith that Abel worshipped God, Enoch walked with God, and Noah worked for God. Now, we will be encouraged by the faith of several more Old Testament champions.
Faith is our ground floor confidence that the things God has told us about the future are true, before we see them come true. This is how God's people have always followed God.