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The Recalcitrant Revivalist

May 7

"Thou hast had pity on the gourd ... And should not I spare Nineveh ..."  Jonah 4:10-11


"a mirror ... to cause us to examine what lifeless, inanimate article has succored our pity ..."






Jonah must surely qualify as the Poster Child for Recalcitrance.  Even after his sea trials, and a three day prayer retreat at 'Ole Whale U'; this vessel of the LORD had yet to set sail.  The work bearing his name, closes with Jonah championing that indomitable human spirit which tends toward enmity with its CREATOR.  How else could we explain this prophet of GOD, confusing the affection of GOD for over 120,000 ill discerning sinners ... with a gourd?

This four chapter book is rightly named: Jonah, and not Nineveh; for the real focus of GOD centers upon this missionary, more than the mission field.  Nineveh presents for us the gloom of human depravity, against the splendid backdrop of GOD'S love; and few contrasts are any more stark in all the Scripture.  In the Old Testament, the LORD must have destroyed a hundred cities like Nineveh, seemingly, without batting an eye.  "What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with GOD? GOD forbid.  For HE saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion."  What is it in us, which ignores, and even rejoices in another's destruction?  What made Nineveh different at this particular time?  Perhaps Jonah is preserved in Holy Writ as a mirror for us in our day, to cause us to examine what lifeless, inanimate article has succored our pity over the lost souls of men.

There is, however, a day that comes to mind which exceeds the starkness of Nineveh: "And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.  And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.  And when JESUS had cried with a loud voice, HE said, FATHER, into THY hands I commend MY spirit: and having said thus, HE gave up the ghost."  The darkest crime of all time, was perpetrated against the glorious, bloody curtain of Calvary's love.  In commemoration of that event, CHRIST still commissions modern day Jonahs to go to modern day Nineveh's; motivated by this question from Matthew's Gospel:

"Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?"

For Love of Country
United States Supreme Court (1969)
(Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District)
"It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate ... School officials do not possess absolute authority over their students."

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