All of creation is for the glory of the LORD; even the one’s made in His image; yet we have fallen short of His glory (Romans 3:23), and because of Adam’s sin have brought a curse on the created order.
My reading this morning took me through three of the Minor Prophets – Amos, Obadiah, and Jonah. These are called “Minor Prophets” because of the shortness of the prophecy, not its measure of importance in prophecy, and the Word of God.
God, in His Word, shows us quite clearly that He will be glorified; and will spare nothing to make it so. He who spared not even His own Son, to bring us back into His glory.
There are a couple of verses in Amos I want us to consider this morning. God shows us His glory in the creation;
“Seek Him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is His name…” Amos 5:8 (KJV)
“It is He that buildeth His stories in the heaven, and hath founded His troop in the earth; He that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is His name.” 9:6
In Amos the prophet shows us God even in the everyday things that we take for granted; such as the stars, and the rain which nourishes the ground and our crops. Note, the prophets awareness of where the rain comes from – how it comes from the “waters of the sea”.
Now note how the prophet Obadiah, the shortest prophetic book of the Old Testament ends his prophecy speaking of the kingdom being the LORD’S;
“And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.” Obadiah 21 (KJV)
Now as we consider the prophet Jonah we see a very reluctant prophet. We first hear of Jonah in 2 Kings 14:25 where the prophet had spoken in the days of Jeroboam. When the LORD calls Jonah to a foreign land, Nineveh, the prophet becomes disobedient, rebellious and flees. God has something else in mind. He prepares five different things to bring the prophet to where He wants Him to be; and it is not just to Nineveh;
“But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.” Jonah 1:4
“Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” Jonah 1:17
“And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, ‘It is better for me to die than to live.'” Jonah 4:6-8
Notice the five things God prepared for Jonah. 1) “a great wind into the sea”; 2) “the LORD prepared great fish…”; 3) “the LORD God prepared a gourd…”; 4) “God prepared a worm…”; 5) “God prepared a vehement east wind…”
Sad to think that he was more concerned with his own comfort than the souls of these people; most of all the glory of the LORD God. How am I with that today? I am afraid that far too often I am like Jonah.
May God help me.
-Tim A. Blankenship