The Book of Jonah-1:4-17- “Jesus, the Lover of My soul”

What drives climate or what causes a tempest, Science can convincingly explain. Man is good at giving explanation to natural phenomena. It shows man’s cleverness to make a reasonable deduction from his sensory impressions. It is to them Jesus asked,”You can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?(Matt.16:3)” God as the Maker of heaven and earth has left His signature in his creation. It takes more than cleverness to know why.  Soul of man is very expression of God but bearing his own signature. The same will and fulfillment aspect existing between Father and Son relationship finds parallel in the soul of creature. As in the case of Adam we have the Will of God commanding him with regards to the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil.  But how did Adam respond to it? He was a living soul alright but in disobeying God death occurred which is not with regards to physical death but what God alone can do.”And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Matt.10:28;Lk.12:5).”
 ‘Jesus the lover of my soul’ so runs a well beloved hymn and it is how soul can be trimmed like a lamp by the word of God.  Soul of man expresses and like a householder in the Parable of Jesus brings out things new and old. It is what soul does. When instructed well it shall reveal quality of the person as well. It speaks of the heart and is capable of holding treasures both new and old.(Matt.13:52). Significance of the word of God and Jesus Christ the Word made flesh cannot be lost to a believer. It explains also the Father Son relationship as a believer with Jesus Christ the Savior Lord. With the indwelling Spirit we do not need any other to instruct us. This knowledge is too wonderful but can be made real in full obedience to the divine Will.

God as the creator God is in charge of natural forces, “Who maketh the clouds his chariots:who walketh upon the wings of the wind (Ps.104:4-5). In the Gospel we see how Jesus stilled the tempest. “But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him! (Matt.8:27)”

In the story of Jonah we see him down in the hold fast asleep. The Spirit brings comparison with Jesus even in such extraneous details. Disciples of Jesus on the face of  boisterous winds and rough sea feared for their lives even as the merchantmen in the Tarshish-bound vessel feared the worst. How was Jonah fearing? He slept on.

” But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken(v.4)”.

Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.

So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.

And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.

Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?

And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.

10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.

11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.

12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.

13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.

14 Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, We beseech thee, O Lord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee.

15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.

16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows.

Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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