Jeremiah or Jonah?

๐˜ ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ. ๐˜ˆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜Ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ข ๐˜‘๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข ๐˜‘๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฉ?


Over the past few weeks, I have been going through the prophets in my Bible reading. As I have gone through these books, I was struck by the differences between Jeremiah and Jonah. Both were prophets called by the Lord, yet they had two different ways of navigating their callings. Consider:


โ€ข Jeremiah was a courageous prophet, but Jonah was a cowardly prophet.
โ€ข Jeremiah was a crying prophet who wept over Israel’s sinful condition, but Jonah was a “crybaby” prophet who wept due to a situation of his own creation.
โ€ข Jeremiah was a prophet who had hope in the face of God’s judgment of Israel, but Jonah was a prophet who was bitter in the face of God’s mercy to Nineveh.
โ€ข Jeremiah was a prophet who had a repentant heart, but Jonah was a prophet who had a resistant heart.


The difference is pretty stark when you think about it! Jeremiah was greatly used of God in his generation, but Jonah’s life serves as a warning for us to consider.


Are you closer to Jeremiah or Jonah?

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