I have heard the story of Jonah and the whale since my early years in Sunday School. There is more to the account as Baruch Maoz demonstrates in his book, A Prophet on the Run.
This is a short book which intends to give a brief overview of the book of Jonah. I found the author to be informative and insightful. Each chapter covers a chapter in the book of Jonah and the author includes questions and a prayer at the conclusion of each chapter. As such, these helps make it a wonderful book to be used in a small group setting.
He provides a historical overview of the book which helps the reader to understand the events of that time, the culture and the people.
The lessons which can be learned from the account of Jonah are:
- the mercy of God
- the sovereignty of God
- the impossibility of running from Him
- God loves and desires for all peoples to come to know Him
- the lengths to which God will go for salvation to be known
- the certainty that God will hold people responsible for their decisions and actions
One will surely come to see this important truth in the story of Jonah:
Here is a wonderful basis for hope! Sisters and brothers, in times of crisis and pain, draw near to God. Examine your hearts and your lives. Ask what lesson you are to learn from this trial. Remember, like Jonah, that you are not in the hands of blind fate. You are not victims of coincidence. God rules over all the details and difficulties of your lives. They all serve God’s purpose, and his purposes are always good, worthy and acceptable.
The book is short and solely an overview. If anything, it should whet one’s appetite to further delve into the account of Jonah more fully. The author has an easy and engaging style of writing which makes this a valuable resource for any layperson to use.
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