When God wants to get our attention HE sometimes will allow certain situation to happen in our lives. These situation is only to push us to the place that God desire for us to be, so that HE can use us in the gifts and or calling that is placed upon our lives. The gift or calling is given to us to be used in the kingdom of God on the appointed time that God has set aside for us. Once that time comes God will make sure that you are push to that place, county, city, state and /or country to carry out his plan. As we conclude the this lesson on the life of Jonah we will be able to learn how the assignment that God has for us must be fulfill even if we try to run from it.
In last week’s lesson, we had focused on, where is Nineveh, how Jonah prophesy to Nineveh and when you have an assignment God will take you there himself if he has too. Today’s lesson we will concentrate on the four things God allowed to happen in order to get the attention of Jonah, which helped him to carry out his assignment. The first thing that God prepared or appointed, to get the attention of Jonah was:
‘A Great Fish’ in 1:17, The Hebrew word Fish is gaw-dole’ and means, large in magnitude and extent, or in number. The fish was not created especially for this purpose, but was appointed in Jonah providence, or was provided by God. The fish was there to swallow Jonah and take him to the place God had assigned for him from the very first time his assignment was given. It doesn’t matter how long we take to carry out an assignment or run from it, God will make sure the task that is assigned to you be carried out by you and no one else.
Jonah’s survival in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights, or his resurrection from the dead after being vomited upon the shore. He was in the belly of ‘Hell’ the Hebrew there is shĕ'owl/ sheh-ole', underworld, grave, hell, pit, Sheol, this is the Old Testament designation for the abode of the dead, place of no return, without praise of God, wicked sent there for punishment, in 2:2 It was in the belly of hell that Jonah words of prayer changes. Notice two observation of words from “The Lord” that was used many times in chapter one to, “The Lord God”, in 2:6 when Jonah’s prayed and in 4:6 showing involvement. The second thing that Jonah experienced was:
‘A Gourd’ in 4:6-7 & 9, the Hebrew word Gourd is “kee-kaw-yone” and means castor-oil plant, Or a plant grow to the size of a tree. Jonah sat under the street similar to when Elijah's run from Jezebel (I Kings 19:1-18). While Elijah was in the wilderness he, like Jonah, sat under the shade of a plant and also asked the Lord to take away his life (I Kings 19:4). As God dealt gently with Elijah, nourishing and comforting him, so did God likewise deal with Jonah. Additionally, the Lord repeated a simple question to both Elijah and Jonah (compare I Kings 19:9, 13 with Jonah 4:4, 9).
Jonah made a ‘booth’ the Hebrew there is cukkah/ sook-kaw and means, temporary shelter but God knew it wasn’t good so he prepared a Gourd where it might be a ‘Shadow’ for Jonah. The Hebrew word ‘Shadow” is tsel /tsale and means, defense, shelter or protection. When you prepare your own things it doesn’t last but when God does it certainly will last. The gourd appointed by God to grow rapidly in order to provide Jonah with shade in 4:6. David shared his experience of when God provided for him in Psalms 23:2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. The third thing God prepared was:
‘A Worm’the Hebrew word Worm is ‘Towla`/ ‘to-law-a' and means, God struck the plant with a worm so that the plant died. The plant was there one night and gone the next. The worm was prepared to destroy the tree God prepared.The plant serves as God’s agent in Jonah’s life. And for this reason God allowed Jonah to be in total dependence on him. Joel 2:25 say “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.”
It is in your appointed season of your fulfilled assignment that God will provide things out of the extraordinary to come in your live, and then you will know that the situation came from God. Be careful how you handle the assignment that God has for you. Don’t wait until God allow circumstance to come into live before you answer your call. If you know your assignment, just do it. The fourth and last thing that God allowed to happen in the life of Jonah was a:
‘Vehement east wind’,the Hebrew word Vehement is khar-ee-shee and means, harsh, hot and sultry. The wind that blows from the desert draws moisture from the plants and caused it to wither. In Isaiah 40: 7The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the person is grass. 8The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. The word of God described the wind in 1:4 and 4:8 has vehement. And the Hebrew word ‘Wind’ is “Ruwach” and means, Breath, Mind, and Spirit, as manifest in the Shekinah glory, or it’s a scorching wind, summoned by God to discomfort Jonah (4:8). I love what John3: 8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Notice that it was God who allowed the vehement wind to get the attention of Jonah. Not everything that happened in our life is of the enemy but some circumstances are because of our disobedience to God. Pay attention to every situation and weight it carefully to know if God had allowed it to happen because of our disobedience. Don’t allow yourself to experience the same conditions that Jonah encountered. If God give you an assignment, this is the time to do it or if you haven’t found out your assignment since you have been in the kingdom of God ask God to reveal it to you and HE certainly will. What is your assignment today? Once more If you don’t know ask the Lord…..But remember that every Christian has an assignment….