1.This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry.
2. So he complained to the LORD about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, LORD? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people.
3. Just kill me now, LORD! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.” – Jonah:4 1- 3 NLT
The text above is one of the very interesting verses that reveals the life of a prophet. The background of this text is about a prophet called Jonah who God asked to go to Nineveh and prophesy to that city , that it will be destroyed . Jonah initially refused to make that journey until he was swallowed by a fish( Jonah 1:17). Eventually he went and delivered the message. After the release of the prophesy, the people of Nineveh took an action that made God avert the destruction that was coming to them .
Jonah went to Nineveh, he prophesied a coming destruction, the destruction he prophesied didn’t happen that led to the frustration in the text above.
For Jonah to get to the point of saying “Kill me now, LORD! . He must have been mocked by many people who do not understand how prophesy functions.
It is certainly not the first time that kind of thing was happening to him. Hearing clearly from God declaring it and not seeing it happen. In his conversation with God he said. “…That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people.”
Lets look at verses 5 -10
5. Then Jonah went out to the east side of the city and made a shelter to sit under as he waited to see what would happen to the city.
6. And the Lord God arranged for a leafy plant to grow there, and soon it spread its broad leaves over Jonah’s head, shading him from the sun. This eased his discomfort, and Jonah was very grateful for the plant.
7. But God also arranged for a worm! The next morning at dawn the worm ate through the stem of the plant so that it withered away.
8. And as the sun grew hot, God arranged for a scorching east wind to blow on Jonah. The sun beat down on his head until he grew faint and wished to die. “Death is certainly better than living like this!” he exclaimed.
9. Then God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry because the plant died?” “Yes,” Jonah retorted, “even angry enough to die!”
10 Then the Lord said, “You feel sorry about the plant, though you did nothing to put it there. It came quickly and died quickly.
11 But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness,[a] not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?” Jonah 4:5-11 NLT
The Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry about this?”
Don’t bother your head if it will happen or not. That’s not your jurisdiction, that’s heaven’s jurisdiction .
This is where we miss it, prophesies are not designed to glorify the prophet, prophesies are designed to fulfill God’s purpose. Those functioning in the prophetic ministry should understand this.
Are you called into the Prophetic ministry, do you sometimes function in the prophetic, never cease to speak as inspire. Don’t bother your head if it will happen or not. That’s not your jurisdiction, that’s heaven’s jurisdiction .
And for the rest of us; it is not always the word of the prophet that determines the out come of the prophecy. It is sometimes the action of those who received the prophesy or those the prophesy is aimed at that determines the final result they will receive.
It is not always the word of the prophet that determines the out come of the prophecy. It is sometimes the action of those who received the prophesy …
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