Daily Scripture Reading December 14th
King James Bible – The Holy Bible
11 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. 3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. 4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. 5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. 6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not. 7 And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah. 8 Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou? 9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land. 10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them. 11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous. 12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you. 13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them. 14 Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee. 15 So they look up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. 16 Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows. 17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
21 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly, 2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. 3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. 4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. 5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. 6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God. 7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. 8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. 9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD. 10 And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
31 And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, 2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. 3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey. 4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. 5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. 6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: 8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. 9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? 10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
41 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. 2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. 3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. 4 Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry? 5 So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. 6 And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. 7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. 8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live. 9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. 10 Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: 11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more then sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
Jonah 1:1 - 4:11 KJV
51 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. 6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. 13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. 14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
Revelation 5:1-14 KJV
1331 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Psalms 133:1-3 KJV
2926 Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the LORD. 27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.
Proverbs 29:26-27 KJV
WRITER–Jonah was a native of Gathhepher, a village about an hour’s walk north of Nazareth. Jewish legend said he was the son of the widow of Sarepta, whom Elijah had restored to life. But whether this is true or not, he was probably a disciple of Elisha, and succeeded him as a great preacher of righteousness. He prophesied the victories of Jeroboam II, king of Israel, against Syria. The next we hear of him he is called to leave his home and go to Nineveh and cry against it.
TIME OF JONAH–He prophesied about 800 B. C. in the reign of Jeroboam II, 2Ki 14:25. Nineveh, to which Jonah was commanded to go, was the capital of Assyria and was a city of great splendour, sixty miles in circumference. The wickedness of the place was in proportion to its greatness. It was another Sodom or Gomorrah. Jonah hated to go to Nineveh because he knew that if it repented and was spared of God, that it would prevail over Israel. As a matter of fact, God did use the Assyrians, whose capital was Nineveh, to chasten Israel by taking it into captivity.
PURPOSE–To show how a city may be saved by the wonderful power of repentance.
Great Fact I. Jonah’s Mission.
God calls Jonah to go 500 miles eastward, over mountains, through
trackless forests, and across burning deserts to Nineveh. Hating the
idea of being a channel of blessing to the inveterate enemies of
Israel, he fled 100 miles westward toward Tarshish on the south coast
of Spain. right opposite Gibraltar. Jonah was willing to prophesy to
Israel but he at first flatly refused to become a foreign missionary.
God sent a great storm upon the vessel upon which Jonah had taken
flight, and the ship is placed in great danger. The sailors try all
means to save the ship, and at last cast lots to see who is the cause
of the misfortune coming upon them. The lot points to Jonah, and he
begs them to cast him into the sea.
LESSON–As God called Jonah, so he is calling men today by a voice so
distinct that they cannot misunderstand. Some people say they would
gladly do the will of God, if they could know what it was. This,
however, is often insincerity, for Joh 7:17. says, “If any man is
willing to do His will he shall know.” When God called Moses He made
the call so plain that Moses had no rest until he responded. Samuel’s
call was repeated over and over again until he realized that it was
God’s voice and yielded to His claim. God’s call to all of us is to
repentance, faith and obedience. Dr. W. B. Riley tells how a friend of
his in Chicago was deaf in one ear, so that when he laid down to sleep,
he shut out all sound by burying the good ear in the pillow, and
turning the deaf one up. So too often, we turn a deaf ear towards
heaven, and say that God has not called us. God gives us a holy courage
that will scorn all ease and petty excuses!
Great Fact II. Jonah Overboard.
The crew of the ship made renewed efforts to get to shore, but when
this is seen to be impossible, they take Jonah at his word and cast him
into the sea, then the storm immediately abates and the ship sailed on
with its awe-struck but thankful crew. Jonah is in fearful danger, but
God so ordered events that after he had sunk to the bottom a great fish
swallowed him up and preserved him alive for three days and nights,
until it could cast him out upon the land.
No miracle of scripture has called forth so much unbelief, but in
Mt 12:39 our Lord confirms the truth of this account. “God moves
in a mysterious way His wonders to perform.” GOD prepared a missionary
for Nineveh, HE prepared a storm, when that missionary was disobedient,
Ile prepared a great fish to preserve his life. He prepared a gourd. He
appointed a host of caterpillars to strip the gourd. He appointed a
scorching, burning wind to beat upon the head of Jonah. The whole
account is full of the direct acts of God. Who will say that such acts
are impossible to the Almighty Creator, who made heaven and earth and
all that in them is?
On the natural history side of the question, the writer has stood up in
the skeleton of a whale that was on exhibition. It was 80 feet long and
7 feet high when lying on its side. Frank Bullen tells of whales 70
feet long swimming about with their lower jaws wide open so that a man
could easily slip down without the fish hardly knowing it. Trustworthy
records say that when a whale is dying it always ejects the contents of
its stomach. Masses eight feet by six feet have been vomited up, as has
a whole horse, so it is not at all incredible that this should have
happened to Jonah. His preservation in the body of the fish was plainly
supernatural, as was the preservation of the Hebrew children in the
fiery furnace. In 1758 a man was swallowed by a shark. The captain on
deck with a gun-shot the fish and caused it to cast out the sailor and
he was rescued alive. With God all things are possible. Jonah’s
supernatural experience not only looked backward to his sin, but
forward to Christ’s burial and resurrection. Mt 12:39.
Great Fact III. Jonah Delivered.
Jonah’s deliverance was in answer to prayer. He prayed out of the body
of the fish, and when submission took the place of rebellion, the Most
High was willing to deliver the captive, to pardon the sinner to employ
again the unfaithful runaway.
LESSON–If you cry to God out of the depths, you will cry yourself out
of them. A man who was bowed down by his unbelief in prayer was asked
the question, “Do you think a loving God has written in His book today,
on the 25th of February, 1898, William T_____, asked Me for the
forgiveness of all his sins for My Dear Son’s sake, and I refused him?”
“No sir, I cannot believe that.” “What then, has he written beside your
prayer?” The man thought deeply for a time and then replied, “It is
more likely He has written Granted’ by its side!” From that moment the
fetters of his fears were broken and he was set free to trample on his
sins and to serve his Saviour.
Great Fact IV. Jonah Preaching.
Jonah being called a second time now goes to Nineveh and proclaims the
gospel in the streets of the heathen city. They were startled by the
warnings that in forty days their city would be overthrown, and put on
sackcloth, sat in ashes repented of their sins and cried mighty unto
God for mercy. When God saw that they had turned from their evil ways,
He graciously held back the threatened wrath and judgement and Nineveh
1. How good of God to offer a divine commission to deserters. There is
no need for any Christian worker to be out of the harness. The word
of the Lord comes to you a second time, “Arise and go!”
2. Jonah’s message was not a pleasant one, but he was not responsible
for it. A preacher or teacher is like the bearer of a telegram he
must convey the message, but not change it. God’s message, plus
Jonah’s earnestness produced a miraculous effect. Think of 600,000
on their faces in repentance before God! Surely we ought to pray
for such a revival in every city in the land. The God who blessed
Jonah’s message and saved a great city in forty days is still our
Great Fact V. Jonah’s Anger.
Jonah is vexed at the sparing of Nineveh. the expectation of which had
led, to his former flight. He therefore makes for himself a booth
outside the city walls and yet hopes to see the city punished. God
prepared a vine, something like castor-oil plant, to spring up and
shade Jonah from the sun, but He also prepared a worm or host of black
caterpillars (for the word could be a collective noun), to destroy the
gourd and leave Jonah exposed to the scorching sun. When Jonah grieved
bitterly for the loss of the gourd, God asked him why he wanted God to
have pity on the gourd, but to have no pity for the great city of
Nineveh, in which there were thousands of little children, so young
that they knew not their right hand from their left. Thus his anger and
selfishness were rebuked.
LESSON–Jonah showed a streak of very ordinary human nature, but
although we cannot justify him, we cannot help sympathizing with him.
Most people have their weak moments, but should have fewer of them. A
bad-tempered person ought to be compelled to give warning to all
comers, like the lepers of old. Avoid them. Beware of it ourselves.
Cultivate the graciousness and patience that so adorned the life of
Christ, that the beauty of the Lord our God was upon Him.