Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people—that they would become a curse and be laid waste—and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the Lord. –2 Kings 22:19
Why would we be ‘pressed’ by and with this example?
In our earlier lives, did we Love The LORD? Yes, if were in a ‘home’ of believers, have we or did we ever ‘give’ our lives to Christ? It is awesome to know Him. Have we truly submitted our all to Him?
There are reasons I state this with the example used above. There were children born in households where The LORD was not served or even known! Yet even the children were to be smitten with The Wrath of The LORD. We have to mind our ‘society’, we tend to be ignorant of Sodom and Gommorah – there were children there too! They perished with those sinning against The Lord.
Yes, we may place all the blame on the workers of iniquity. But, we have a part. In the days of Jonah, a whole ‘civilization’ had come to the displeasure of The Lord, we know what happened! In brief, Jonah was sent – he judged (“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”–
Jonah judged and ran from The Will of God. The SAME that would have befallen the people of Nineveh, befell him! He was swallowed by a whale. Scientifically, let us consider this. No, or scant oxygen, digestive ‘juices’ dismembering his body, much the same as any other ‘meal’ that the whale would consume!
“I want to die!” Jonah said in his heart:
While in the great fish, Jonah prays to God in his affliction and commits to thanksgiving and to paying what he has vowed.
“From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said:
“In my distress I called to the Lord, and He answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and You listened to my cry. You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me; all Your waves and breakers swept over me. I said, ‘I have been banished from Your sight; yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.’
The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the Earth beneath buried me in forever. But you, LORD my God,
brought my life up from the pit. “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to You, to Your holy temple. Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s Love for them.
But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to You.
What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.’ ”
And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
We are ALL known, inside out! The LORD could have ‘sent’ someone else, but He sent Jonah. God knew his mind, and all that would occur! We may feel pity for Jonah, but he made his decision and he was met right there. Would the people of Nineveh have reacted ‘positively’ if a well, decently dressed ‘prophet’ was ‘shouting’ in the streets? But, instead, this half-digested individual spoke The Word he was sent to spread; and secondary to his experience they all repented!
We could go on, in brief we can see what our ‘responsibilities’ are! You know The LORD, SHARE! In the house of Eli, He served The LORD, but did not teach his sons to do the same –
Eli honored his sons above God according to verse 29. This passage ought to cause all of us, especially fathers, to shudder. The result of Eli’s faithlessness as a father was that God cut off his house. God judges those who depart from the path.