Tuesday, April 02, 2024

Ellul: intervention

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
    [Jonah] answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land.”
    This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the LORD, because he had already told them so.)
    —Jonah 1:9-10 (NIV)
    When the word intervenes in a situation, it changes that situation. When it comes on a man, it changes that man even if he refuses to listen. This goes beyond mere obedience. The word enlists man in an adventure into which he carries all those around him and which may be a controversy with God.
    ... Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), The Judgment of Jonah, tr. Geoffrey W. Bromiley, Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1971, p. 22 (see the book)
    See also Jon. 1:9-10; Deut. 18:15-19; 1 Sam. 8:18-19; Neh. 9:16-17; Jer. 11:9-10; Matt. 10:14-15; 11;15; 13:15; Mark 4:9; 6:10-11; 9:7; Luke 16:31;
Quiet time reflection:
    Have I ignored the word in my life?
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