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A Boat Sailing in the Wrong Direction

I have been spending a lot of time in what many consider a children's story in the old testament, Jonah. If you ask any child about Jonah, they can tell you the story of how Jonah was told by God to do something and Jonah ran away instead. And any child's most memorable part of the story is how Jonah was swallowed by a whale! In fact, for may adults this is the end of our knowledge of Jonah as well. We might be able to talk about what God told Jonah to do (go and preach against Ninevah), we may even see the symbolism between Jonah's three days in the whale and Christ's three days in the grave. But, as we see past the obvious and really dive into this text we will see there is so much more than a children's story.

So let's dive in...

Click here to read Jonah 1:1-3 Jonah is known by many as the "reluctant prophet" but his name actually means dove or peaceful one. His dad, Amittai, means "truth." So we are introduced to Jonah, t…

Do You Know His Voice?

John 10:27 "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me."

Did you know that sheep require more consistent attention and care than any other class of livestock? Sheep do not have sense of direction, so they are easily turned around and become confused and lost (sound familiar?). If they fall down they can't get up on their own and once they fall down if they are left too long, they will die. They are a very needy group of animals and the shepherd knows that sheep cannot be left alone for any extended period of time. Without the presence of a shepherd sheep will become anxious, they will panic, and many times they will cluelessly wander off. Nothing quiets and reassures sheep like the presence of their shepherd calling them by name.

Read John 10:1-6 . This scripture describes a morning shepherding scene. A shepherd enters through a gate into a walled enclosure which has several different flocks in one sheep pen overnight. The enclosure, with stone wall…