Nearly a century and a half had lapsed since the southern kingdom of Judah had fallen to Babylon and the people of God ceased to be an independent nation. During that time, the Medes and Persians took control of Babylon and all its territory under
Two themes are prominent in this lesson from Jonah. One is the necessity of renewing one’s commitment to God’s will for life. The other is the need to take advantage of opportunities to share the gospel message with others in accord with God’s intention for
As an adult, I understand there are individuals whose identity is defined by their suffering. But I have also learned that suffering, whether physical or emotional, can nourish depression, affect our health, and cause us to withdraw from friends and abandon spiritual hope.
Job is one of five books classified as “wisdom literature,” including Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs. Rather than a collection of beautiful songs or wise sayings, Job is a tale of suffering, discovery and faith that overcomes all odds.