Monday, June 22, 2015

Jonah, Day 1 Readings

Running Away from God  

Today's reading is the beginning of Jonah, the prophet charged with going to Ninevah, the capital city of the Assyrians, with a prophecy of God.  Jonah had no desire to go to Ninevah, though, and boarded a boat sailing in the opposite direction.

This behavior seemed to anger God, who caused a great storm to rage around the boat Jonah was aboard.  The sailors were unable to salvage the boat, and in a desperate act, drew lots to see if they could determine which person on the boat had angered one of the gods.  This dual act of idolatry surprisingly identified the culprit -- Jonah.  They asked Jonah to confess his guilt, but he refused.  In essence, he skipped to a sentence and told the sailors to throw him overboard.  Rather than drowning, though, the prophet was swallowed by a fish.  (And the storm immediately ends, causing the sailors to offer a sacrifice to the true God.)

Read Jonah 1:1-17  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Jonah 1 today.