READ JONAH ONE
On Friday, we started looking at a new Hebrew word. The word טוּל is the Hebrew word for “hurled,” and, as we saw on Friday, it is going to become a center point of our study over the next few days.
Look back at Friday’s study (or, just at verse 4). Where is this verb used?
What does this action tell us about God’s character?
God טוּל, or hurled, the storm on the sea. Stopping Jonah dead in his tracks, God is faithful to call Jonah back to obedience. This verb reminds us that God is intentional, always taking action on behalf of His children, and always calling us back to repentance. We can live a life of praise and repentance because our God always calls us back to Himself!
How does the author describe the storm God hurled at the sea?
How do the sailors respond emotionally?
Today, we’re going to see this verb again. Take a look at Jonah 1:4-6, and try to identify another place the verb טוּל might be used.
Where might else might this verb be used? Who is performing the action (subject of the sentence)? What are they “hurling” (Direct Object of the sentence)?
When we see grammatical themes like this in the Word of God we can rest assured that they are present for a reason. The author is pointing out to us that, just as God hurled the storm at the unstable sea, the sailors are desperately hurling their cargo in the ocean. In an effort to pacify the storm (or, Whoever might have caused it), the sailors mimic God’s divine actions. But, in the end, their ability to טוּל is no match for God.
What does this grammatical insight teach you about God? About God’s character?
Praise God that He will not be pacified with anything less than full reconciliation! God is not satisfied with the sailors “offerings” because He wants Jonah to come to repentance.
Are there any areas in your life God is calling you to repentance?
PRAY & REFLECT
Thank God that He will settle for nothing less than full reconciliation. Ask Him to reveal in your heart any ways you try to pacify His Spirit without repenting. Thank Him that Jesus paid the full price for your sin on the cross and eternally pacified the wrath of God on your behalf.