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Job Opening: Ambassador for Christ
Series: The Divine Pursuit - A Study of Jonah
Week 1: Call - Day 2
“BEFORE I FORMED YOU IN THE WOMB I KNEW YOU, BEFORE YOU WERE BORN I SET YOU APART; I APPOINTED YOU AS PROPHET TO THE NATIONS” —JEREMIAH 1:5
I’ve always loved stories. It’s no wonder God wrestled me into my job as a counselor. I use the term “wrestle” because I had no plans for ministry; I thought I’d be climbing the corporate ladder with my husband and kids swinging off my pinkie finger, ruling the world while wearing stilettos. That was my own story: God’s was very different.
As a counseling intern, I remember listening with fascination as the psychiatrist I worked with spoke his client notes into a small hand-held recorder. It reminded me of Star Trek, when Captain Kirk created his “captain’s log.”
This doctor would speak rapidly: “Client is a fourteen year old female who presents with depression. Precipitating event seems to be breakup with boyfriend of fourteen months. Parents report the following symptoms: hopelessness, increase in sleep, and decrease in appetite. Interviewed client and found she presented as receptive for change.” Even those four sentences give us a lot of backstory for this client. Of course, we could also break it down to one word: heartbreak!
When we approach the book of Jonah, we want to know the backstory too. Gathering information about the time and place that Jonah lived and about who he was brings the story to life.
Ready to do some bible-hopping? I could record all these verses for you, but the only way to get to know God’s word is to get in to God’s word. Stick with me friends. Knowing God’s Word is one of the best weapons you can have in this life.
The first thing we know about Jonah comes from 2 Kings 14:25: Record who he is and what he does:
Now let’s gather more information about what a prophet does. Turn to and record what scripture says about the role of an Old Testament prophet:
Visions, Dreams, and the Audible Voice of God may seem a bit...B.C. to you. But I assure you that God is just as serious about using us now as He was about His prophets then. Why do I believe that? Because God’s Word says it, the body of Christ testifies to it, and if you continue to seek Him, your personal experiences confirm it....
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