Jonah and Jeremiah were prophets of God. They viewed their responsibilities in this capacity differently. Jonah was a half-hearted prophet. He was not interested in seeing his enemies get saved. Jeremiah, whole heartedly, prophesized God’s message of repentance to backsliding Israel.
This week we will look at other men who presented God’s word. Noah, Philip, Jonah, Peter, and Stephen. Were these men faithful to God’s call and how did it change the lives of others.
“And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” (Genesis 6:7-9)
“And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.” (Genesis 6:13-14)
“Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.” (Genesis 6:22)
“And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;” (2 Peter 2:5)
What makes a good winner? One who walks with God, is obedient, and is patient.
Noah was all that and more. Noah spent 100 years building the ark. He was ridiculed. To this point there had never been rain. He told the people to repent and they rejected him.
Noah never quit trusting God. He continued to preach God’s righteousness.
Today, we have all sorts of ways to tell others about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Are we doing it?
Are we a reluctant Jonah or a faithful Noah?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001