Posts with the tag “old-testament”

Jonah, the Worm, and the East Wind
by Ben Sansburn on July 28th, 2022
In our last blog we looked at God's gracious provision of a shelter for Jonah in the book's final chapter. In this article we will see God very quickly reverse the comfort of the plant by "appointing" a worm and and east wind. Like the plant, these images evoke significance than the objects themselves. They are tied to a thread in the biblical story that says something significant about God's plan for Israel and for his people as a whole.   Read More
Jonah and the Shelter of Yahweh
by Ben Sansburn on July 28th, 2022
As we read the story of Jonah – and particularly the fourth and final chapter of Jonah – we might find ourselves actively rooting against God’s prophet. He is rebellious, defiant, narcissistic, and blind to anyone outside of his national bubble.  Read More
The God Who Relents
by Ben Sansburn on July 22nd, 2022
How do we feel about a God who “relents”? Do we respond like Jonah, cursing God for His excessive mercy toward the undeserving? Or do we balk at the very suggestion that God might possibly “change His mind” and renege on His promises?   Read More
Vomited Out of the Fish
by Ben Sansburn on July 22nd, 2022
In our last blog post we looked at what Jonah’s experience in the fish would have meant to the original audience reading his story. The ancient Israelites reading Jonah’s story would have experience great hope that though they had been swallowed up by the nations, they weren’t doomed to die there. In this post we’ll look at the end of Jonah’s experience - being ‘vomited out’ on dry land.   Read More
Jonah: An Extreme Story Told Twice
by Ben Sansburn on July 5th, 2022
To think of Jonah as little more than a simple morality story – or, worse still, as a straightforward retelling of an historical event – is to risk missing some of the most important points of the book.  Read More