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Thursday, June 8, 2017

An Unchanging God

June 8

(Jonah 4:9 NIV) "But God said to Jonah, "Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?" "I do," he said. "I am angry enough to die.""

(Hosea 6:6 NIV) "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings."

Jonah despised the grace of God. He was incensed when the Lord forgave the Ninevites. Instead of being joyful, he was angry. In his mind, God had mercy on the wrong people. Many today still despise God’s grace when they feel that mercy has been shown to the “wrong people”. Aren’t there some who don’t deserve grace? Jesus was despised, beaten, spit on, crucified, and speared because he loved the “wrong people”. He seemed to enjoy the company of the “rabble” more than the “religious”. He ministered to “sinners” as much as He ministered to “saints”. The religious leaders of Christ’s day could not accept a God who did not judge based on their standards. Jesus didn’t meet their theological criteria. Today, many Christians still resent and resist the command of Christ to invite, love, and rescue the perishing. Don’t join them. Don’t be a Jonah. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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