The Mad Love of God
Andrew Greenly the author writes this way in a moment of flashing illumination Greenly says, "Our God is not patiently standing by and waiting for us to offer love but He is actively and vigorously perusing us.
In the Old Testament we see this God of grace wheeling and dealing in the desert seeking men. And in the New Testament the Father running down the trial to embrace the prodigal son before he can speak is constriction.
The mad farmer showering a full days wage on men who haven't even work.
Jesus forgiving the sinful woman even before she spoke her sorrow are all symbols of God who love for us is so strong by human standards he would be said to be made.
In the Book of Hosea the God who demonstrated His love in Hosea love for Gomer who had become a prostitute whom He had brought back and nurture her until she love Him again.
By human standards God's love would look made and that was the very thing that caused Jonah's problem.
The story of Jonah is told in this book for we have Jonah running from God; then running with God and then running for God and then running ahead of God.
Jonah to a point of time was unable to comphrend this mad mercy of a God who loves the Ninevites.
One by one the skeptics have denied or cast doubt upon the Bible and refused to believe in its inspiration. Almost every book has been assailed. The Book of Jonah has been singled out for attacks with special vigor.
Every weapon has been used against this Book; ridicule, jest, derision have all been unsheathed to rob us of the teaching of this Book. The Book of Jonah is a record of actual fact.
The Son of God attested to its historicity in Matthew 12:40-
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. And also in Luke 11:32
The men of Nineveh shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, ...
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