Wednesday, February 29 ::: God Relented

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Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying,  “Arise, go to  Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now  Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth.  Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”  And the people of Nineveh believed God.  They called for a fast and  put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

The word reached the king of Nineveh, and  he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth,  and sat in ashes.  And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh,  “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor  beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and  beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God.  Let everyone turn from his evil way and from  the violence that is in his hands.  Who knows? God may turn and relent  and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”

When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

Jonah 3:1-10

audio :  Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Part III, Adagio;  Béla Bartók (1936)

image : Hotel Room, Edward Hopper (1931)

We believe that God–Who is perfectly merciful and also very just– sent His Son to assume the nature in which the disobedience had been committed, in order to bear in it the punishment of sin by His most bitter passion and death.

The Belgic Confession, 16th century

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