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Nineveh Spared I

Nineveh Spared II

Above:  The Original Documents

Images Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENTS:

The Book of Jonah, contrary to what my great-grandfather preached, is ahistorical.  It is a satirical commentary on excesses of post-Exilic Palestinian Judaism, replete with exclusivism and too little concern for the goyim.  Thus the morals the text teaches are true and timeless, even though the story is purely fictitious.

God, in the Book of Jonah, succeeds despite–not because of–the prophet.  That, I think, functions as a commentary on how God continues to succeed despite–not because of–at least much of the time–many of us who profess to follow God yet care insufficiently or not at all about certain people quite different from ourselves.  If salvation is indeed ideally for all people, we ought not to block off certain populations as being beyond hope.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 22, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GENE BRITTON, EPISCOPAL PRIEST

THE FEAST OF CESAR CHAVEZ, LABOR UNION LEADER

THE FEAST OF CHARLES HAMILTON HOUSTON, ATTORNEY

THE FEAST OF SAINT FIDELIS OF SIGMARINGEN, CAPUCHIN FRIAR AND MARTYR

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Jonah 1, 1-3

I.

Nineveh, the great and wicked city, whose sins became intolerable until its doom was impending.

II.

God cared, loved them despite their sin and sought to save them from doom.

God called Jonah to warn them.  What an honor it was, to even try to save the city!  But he ran from God (as he thought) and from his duty.  “He paid the fare” for passage on a ship to Tarshish (Spain).  Honest with man, but unfaithful to God.  Why not be glad to help men to higher things?

III.

Jonah ran into serious trouble. Neglect of duty is a sin.  “He that knoweth to do good and doth it not, to him it is sin.”  The storm endangered all on the ship.  [Jonah,] cast overboard and swallowed by a great fish, for three days he faced his sin while “the billows and waves passed over him.”  Chapter 2 tells us how deeply he repented.

IV.

[Jonah] cast ashore by the fish.  God revived the call and Jonah went to Nineveh with God’s warning message.  The king and the people repented in sackcloth.  God heard and spared the city.

V.

Will the church today carry God’s word to men in darkness?  Or will it dare neglect men and pay the awful price in future calamities?

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Jonah, a Galilean, prophesied about 800 B.C.

Nineveh, capitol of the Assyrian Empire, one of the most ancient cities of the world, built by Asshur, son of Nimrod, the first monarch, who built Babel and other cities (Gen. 10, 8-12).

Above sixty miles in circumference.  Walls 100 feet high, broad enough for three chariots abreast, 1500 towers 200 feet high.

Inhabitants about 600,000

Repented and spared for 150 or 200 years after Jonah, “their iniquity came to the full” and then the prophecy was literally fulfilled, [the city] destroyed by the combined armies of the Medes under Cyaxares and the Babylonians under Nabopolassur about 625 B.C.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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