Jonah D: The Sign of Jonah - Matt. 12:38-41

If Jesus is who He says He is, then the scribes and Pharisees need to do what He says to do: repent and believe the gospel! And so they ask for a sign, not simply another miracle, but confirmation that Jesus works for God and not the devil. Unless we see this sign, they say, any repentance on our part would be premature.But this is not wisdom or caution; this is hard-hearted spiritual blindness, and so Jesus responds very harshly: “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign…

Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Jonah C: After Jonah - 2 Kings 17:22-23; Nahum 1:1-3a; Jeremiah 51:34, 44-45

The rest of the Old Testament tells us a lot more about what happened between God’s people and Assyria after Jonah. Did Israel learn her lesson and repent like Nineveh? Did Nineveh maintain a repentant heart toward God, or did they take advantage of God’s mercy and return to their evil ways? Did God ever bring justice against Nineveh? How should God’s people respond when God blesses Gentiles and punishes His people? Is Jonah just a quirky story with some good moral lessons, or does it point to something bigger? God’s Word answers all of these questions, and so before weIn…

Posted on Thursday, April 04, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Jonah B: A Gracious and Merciful God - Jonah 4:2b

To understand the book of Jonah, we need to understand mercy. The whole Bible tells of the mercy of God, but that mercy is most fully displayed when God saw our miserable and wretched state as sinners far from God and sent His Son to bear the punishment for our sins, satisfying the demands of justice on our behalf, and rising from the dead to reconcile us to God. Eph. 2:4-7 says that this salvation that God accomplished in Christ comes to us as a free gift of mercy.With this touchstone in place, let’s explore the theme of mercy in…

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2019 by CJ Bowen