“What Meanest Thou, O Sleeper?”   3 comments

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Above:  Tomb of Jonah, Nineveh, Between 1950 and 1977

Image Creator = Matson Photo Service

Image Source = Library of Congress

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Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-matpc-23039

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandfather used the word “professor” to mean “one who professes,” not one who teaches at a postsecondary institution.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 7, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Jonah 1, 6

1.  Jonah was fleeing from duty.  All out of Christ are doing the same and all professors who do not obey Him.

2.  God wants to save us and then save others by our help, as in this case.  When we reject Him we sin against ourselves and then we ought to help save.

3.  He knew his duty, so do we.  Yet he deliberately fled from it (Luke 12, 47-48).  His was the greater sin.  Sinned against the light he had.

4.  Was surrounded by perils because of his neglect.  Justice cries “Cut him down!”  Only God’s long-suffering spares further.

Yet he was asleep–unconscious of his danger.  The devil works the sinner’s ruin while flattering him that all is well.

5.  What meanest thou, O sleeper?  Why will you not bear the gospel appeals.  Call upon thy God, shake off thy sleep of death, and seek mercy now.  Yours is a desperate case; this is no time for listlessness.

6.  The soul that turns to God shall live.  Be encouraged and look to him now and he will save with an everlasting salvation.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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