The twins bring it all to a close in this final Jonah episode. We see Jonah going down into his own personal hell. We also see God working his will in Jonah’s life through questions. We rejoice in an ending that puts Christ front and center.
We continue digging into Jonah's emotional life here in Jonah chapter four. We take a hard look at his prayer. It gives us the chance to talk about the value of "bad prayers." It also gives us a moment to take a hard look at how our theology - true or not - always ends up impacting the way we respond to events in our lives. We notice that Jonah, in fact, has a slightly twisted theology that ends up embittering him to the Lord and his ways so profoundly that he confesses he has a death wish in his heart. We end up at Christ's cross trusting our God even in those moments when we taste the sadness of death in our hearts.
We finally arrive to the last chapter of Jonah 4. We wish for a moment that Jonah 4 didn't actually exist, but immediately come to realize how lifelike Jonah 4 really is. We continue with an overview of the chapter. We end up amazed that we get an inside look at the emotional life of one of God's children and are amazed again this time in a negative sense at the power of anger. We spend the rest of our time dealing with that specific emotion based on the text.
We take on the second half of chapter three of the book of Jonah. We spend a whole bunch of our time in analysis of Jonah's sermon and acknowledge some potential problems with it. We end up saying that there may just be a more faithful preacher than Jonah in the chapter. The sermon, however, is still incredibly effective even still today in us. It causes us to take a new view of the time we have in our lives and to think through the terror we've all experienced because of God's law and finally come to see how important faith is to repentance. We close in awe of God's heart for Nineveh, of the power of his Word, and are amazed that the Lord still wants to work with us.
We enter into scene four of the book of Jonah. We watch the Lord re-call Jonah to a prophetic ministry to Nineveh. We wonder to ourselves whether or not Jonah will fulfill his calling this time. We look at the grace of God that he's dishing out to all the characters involved. We end by discussing the way our hearts can treat our own callings with so much disdain, but see how the Lord uses those calls that look small and dirty to us to play a big part in God's saving scheme.
We continue looking in depth at the third scene of the book of Jonah. This time we explore two more character: Jonah and Jesus. We see Jonah's psalm is all he hopes it to be. It's not perfect. In some cases, it's just plain troubling. We identify with him strongly in that. We see how our prayers can be flawed, our motives mixed, and our best ideas problematic. Then we see Jesus, the greater Jonah, and we talk over each other with so much excitement. He's just so - well - Jesus.
We move into the third scene of the book of Jonah. We organize the chapter for our listeners around the four main characters involved. We notice the Lord hemming Jonah in, enclosing him with his mercy, and are moved by his constant instigation for his children. We also try not to become marine biologists as we notice and try to understand a very nauseous fish.
We take a second look at the second scene of Jonah this time with a focus on Jonah himself. We watch him move lower and lower and lower and lower until he's managed to lower himself all the way into the heart of the sea. We think about his rebellion and marvel at the way the Lord continues to send wave after wave of his relentless mercy to his fleeing child. As we think that through we consider for a while escapism in the modern life. We close on a cliffhanger asking ourselves what the Lord will do with his children who end up all the way in sheol.
We walk into the second scene of the book of Jonah feeling the swirl of wind and the pounding of waves and watching the waves rise. We discuss the historicity of the account and then take a dive into cultural views of the sea both then and now. We end with our jaws on the ground staring at Lord's heart in this Scripture especially as we see how he even manages to use the disobedience of his children to draw people to himself.
We take our first deep dive into the book of Jonah. We begin by taking a hot air balloon over the book and chapter. We then take in the first scene of the book. We end with heavy application of what we've learned seeing ourselves in the person of Jonah and working out for ourselves the ways in which we find Joppa and head for Tarshish. We end with an application of the ultimate prophet, Jesus Christ, to ourselves and our listeners who heard his calling and obeyed.
We begin our journey into the book of Jonah discussing what makes Jonah culturally and biblically significant, but end up focusing on how we can be "doves," "flight risks," and, "shipwrecks" in our own lives. We also take notice of some immediate satire and biting irony. We close ready to take a journey into the parts of our hearts that are flighty with the hope that we will be spit up on the other side of our journey with more faithfulness and truth - all by the power of the Word of the Lord that comes to us through Jonah.
We have reached the end of our journey in Jude. We end on the highest and most brilliant views in the book. We end with a simple promise. Despite all the false teaching and doom, the Lord will keep his beloved will bring them with great joy into his glorious presence. Count on it!
We need each other. God made us not to live individually but as a community. God made us to build each other up in the most holy faith and keep one another. God made us to save each other and to snatch each other out of the fire and to be merciful. Jude encourages us to stay close to one another and most importantly to God.
Jude’s call to his beloved is not toward new ideas or new ways of life. It is simply to remember. It is a call to return to God’s Word, to the word of the Apostle’s. Jude calls each of us to evaluate each of our desires in the light of God’s Word.
Jude is at his most perplexed. What is he doing? What is he thinking? Why would he quote from 1 Enoch? He wants us to see in our heart, in our very imaginations, our Lord is coming; that he is coming to save, and to judge. This is one powerful word from Jude. So powerful that it is so unforgettable. We will see Jesus coming with his thousands.
It is time to get more intense and focused. Jude moves from discussing communities into discussing the most wicked and evil people in the Old Testament. This wickedness lives in the false teachers and make them to be completely worthless to the Christian church. Worse, they are twice condemned. Listen in!
Jude now moves to his second text. But it is not from the Bible, well, not completely from the Bible. He is going to use a text from the Assumption of Moses. We just must talk about this, the body of Moses, the angels, that a murderer is defended by the archangel Michael.
In this episode, we move into the powerful commentary on his Old Testament text. We move into Jude 8. We want to connect the Old Testament examples with Jude’s present day situation. We want to know what it means to pollute our bodies, reject authority and all that it means to slander celestial beings. Jude is going to leave our mouths open and our hearts trusting in Christ alone.
In this episode, we get into two very important issues in the book of Jude. What does he mean that the angels did not keep their positions? Is this Genesis 3 or 6? And what in the world is the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah? The two issues are connected and critical to understanding Jude’s message. Here we go!