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Some Quick Math

April 12, 2020 Leave a comment

I started my Nine-Year Bible journey in December 2007.

I took off 2010 to facilitate a year-long Bible2010 Read the Bible initiative at Lakeshore Church.

I paused while completing my PhD, too.

9 years + 1 year + 2 1/2 years = 12 1/2 years total to complete the Bible study program.

Thank you to everyone who shared in this experience! My next goal is to create open source Sunday School materials.

I do not plan to add any more material to this blog. Good bye!

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A Bush, 120K People, And Many Animals

April 12, 2020 Leave a comment

6 The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. 7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”

9 But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” 10 Then the Lord said, “You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”

Jonah 4:6-11

God makes it clear that Jonah is not right to complain about losing the shade of the bush. Rather, he should celebrate the redemption of thousands of Ninehvites and the protection of their animals.

In what ways do we resist God’s generosity towards others? How does Jonah’s story mirror today’s world?

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Jonah Pouts

April 11, 2020 Leave a comment

But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” And the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?” Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.

Jonah 4:1-5

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Jonah 4

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Good Friday XIII

April 10, 2020 Leave a comment

Unlucky Friday the 13th. The pandemic has us physically, but not socially, distant.

Incredible that I defended my dissertation exactly a year ago today.

Amy continues to struggle with her health. I pray for answers and relief.

Jack has sung for virtual Holy Week services. Sarah just finished her 3rd quarter geometry work.

Susan is still with us. Debo is energetic and doing well.

This is my last Good Friday post. I think my last Nine Year Bible post will fall on Sunday, two days from now. It is Easter and my 46th birthday!

I’m excited and proud to have completed the full Nine Year Bible sequence. Many things have changed since I started on this spiritual discipline 13 years ago!

Maybe someday I’ll reflect upon these changes more deeply. For now, it’s late and I’m just going to go to sleep, anticipating my last two posts tomorrow and Sunday.

You’re welcome to join my virtual birthday party this Sunday from 7-8pm EDT, bit.ly/birthday46

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The Ninevites Repent

April 5, 2020 Leave a comment

 And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.

When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. Then he had a proclamation made in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles: No human being or animal, no herd or flock, shall taste anything. They shall not feed, nor shall they drink water. Human beings and animals shall be covered with sackcloth, and they shall cry mightily to God. All shall turn from their evil ways and from the violence that is in their hands. Who knows? God may relent and change his mind; he may turn from his fierce anger, so that we do not perish.”

10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

Jonah 3:5-10

Jonah is the most effective prophet of doom ever. This would be like having an angry corner preacher convince an entire city, citizens and rulers, to change their behavior.

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Minimal Compliance

April 4, 2020 Leave a comment

The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2 “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” 3 So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. 4 Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”

Jonah 3:1-4

After trying to escape from the Lord’s command, Jonah relents and prophesies against the city of Nineveh.

Britannica has an excellent article about Nineveh.

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