𝘐 𝘸𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘣𝘶𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘥𝘢𝘺. 𝘈𝘴 𝘢 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘰𝘥, 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢 𝘑𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘢𝘩 𝘰𝘳 𝘢 𝘑𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘩?
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:
• Jeremiah was a courageous prophet, but Jonah was a cowardly prophet.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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?