Saturday, June 22, 2024

Ellul: the only testimony

Sunday, June 23, 2024
    Feast of Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678
    “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” [Jonah] replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”
    —Jonah 1:12 (NIV)
    Jonah counts on the will of God calming the storm. This is not a mechanical effect. It is the reference to a free will that Jonah has learned to know already when he was chosen to carry the word. It is the reference to a good will, for outside Jesus Christ there is no full testimony that God’s will is good and his concern is to save man rather than to cause him to perish.
    ... Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), The Judgment of Jonah, tr. Geoffrey W. Bromiley, Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1971, p. 38 (see the book)
    See also Jonah 1:12; 1 Chr. 21:17; Matt. 7:11; Luke 1:53; 6:35; 18:19; Acts 27:21-26; Tit. 3:4-7; Jas. 1:17; 1 John 4:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your goodness reaches Your people.
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