A Line-Up of Gods

Jonah 1:5-6  Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.

In the Law Enforcement world line-ups are used to identify who was responsible for some sort of trouble. They bring in several people that look like the suspect. Consider the ‘line-up’ of gods in this text. In this text Jonah was not the least bit interested in taking the saving knowledge of Jehovah to his enemies in Nineveh. He knew that God was gracious and would end up delivering them from His judgment should they repent, and he simply could not live with that. The thought of him carrying that reputation back to Israel was simply too much. He tried to flee, and placed some heathen mariners in danger of their lives. When they realized the circumstances were beyond their control they called for a ‘Line Up of Gods’ (5) and then demanded Jonah get involved and bring his God to the line up. Notice how Jonah describes Jehovah when backed into a corner and required to give testimony to those that faced death with forgiveness. In v9 twice he tells them that his God does not belong in a line up by describing God as “the LORD” and “the God.” There simply is no God like our God. He is peerless and therefore is never a candidate for a line up. Today, live for the One and Only King of Kings and Lord of Lords for there is none like Him!

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