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Apology

I’ve been so busy teaching Sunday School that I haven’t had the time to complete the Gospel of John. Then I was sick for over a month…from Thanksgiving until December 24th. Then I was trying to finish teaching the Book of Revelation. I plan to have a blog with these lessons on it.

Please look for the update some time this week on the Gospel of John.

Thanks and Blessings…Pam

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Jonah

The following is a discussion of the Book of Jonah.

 

Jonah experienced situational depression. It occurs as a direct result of sin. Jonah did not want to do what God told him to do. Instead of obedience, he ends up angry, pouting, and in the depths of depression. The brief look at each chapter of this book reveals what happened to him.

 

Chapter 1: Disobedience

 

Jonah is called by the Lord to preach God’s truth to the godless people of Nineveh. Jonah rebels and he boards a ship going in a different direction. Jonah’s disobedience brings repercussions on the ship’s crew. He is rejected and literally thrown overboard.

 

Chapter 2: Dread

 

Recognizing that the judgment of God is upon him to the point of losing his life (inside the belly of a great fish), Jonah cries out for mercy: “He said: ‘In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry.'” Jonah 2:2. The Lord extends mercy and spares his life.

 

Chapter 3: Declaration

 

Jonah resigns himself to obey God’s call. He declares God’s truth, and all the godless people of Nineveh repent.

 

Chapter 4: Depression

 

Jonah becomes angry with God for extending mercy to those whom Jonah does not deem worthy of mercy. Ultimately, he plunges into a severe depression in which he is consumed with bitterness and despair to the extent of wanting to die. Look what he says: “O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live” John 4:3.

 

Jonah is filled with seething anger and self-pity; he makes this brief, poignant statement: “I am angry enough to die” Jonah 4:9

 

Note 4: Abraham’s Seed?

Note 4: Abraham’s Seed?

John 8:31-47

 

 

The one who commits sin is the one who does not remain in the house. This individual does not remain in Jesus’ Word. When viewing this from the perspective of Abraham in Genesis, Abraham had two sons: one was free-Sarah, the other was bond, Hagar. Jesus is the free Son who has the ability to extend such spiritual freedom to others. John 8:36.

 

The book of Isaiah serves as the scriptural background for this passage. The message of its trial scenes and their surrounding context comes to those in exile, those in Babylonian captivity, and Yahweh’s self-announcement as “I am” also announce Yahweh’s sole Savior and Redeemer. [emphasis mine] Note the following verses from Isaiah:

 

Isa 41:14; 43:14; 44:22-24; 47:4; 48:17, 20; 52:3; 59:20

 

The notion of redemption includes liberation from slavery and oppression. In order for this to be a reality in their lives, acceptance of Jesus’ doctrine was needed.

 

The people are recalled to their Abrahamic descent Is 41:8; 51:2. Promise is made to restore and free them—Isaiah 45:13; 49:6 and 25; 51:11, 14, 61:1-4.

The Requirement is acknowledgement of their internal condition of sinful rebellion, which has led to their external condition of slavery—Isaiah 42:24; 50:1; 53:4-6; 55:6-7; 59:1-16, 20. The motifs are replayed her as Jesus, after revealing himself in terms of “I am” and as the one who delivers Israel from death in its sins, now presses for an acknowledgement by these particular Jews. They are indeed in a sinful condition. They need His liberation.