Who is good? Who is bad? Jonah thought God was kidding and he wanted to quit. Deserter? Patriot? Jonah wanted to flee. Flee from love. Flee from care. What is right? What is wrong? Jonah thought God was kidding and he wanted to quit.
Set sail to Tarshish. He said ‘I am finished’. He would rather die than love his enemies. Forgiving is lovely until you have someone to forgive. God chased him with the wind. The ship sinks and he still sleeps. He said, ‘God take me. I am ready to quit.’ One, two and three, sailors tossed him into the big sea. Jonah was ready to quit.
Is it God’s punishment? Is it God’s salvation? Why would God rescue me? Why would God not put me to death? A runaway child who wanted to play hide and seek. A prophet? A prisoner of hate?
Engulfed by big fish? Engulfed by Big God? He cooled his head. He made a vow, He would make good. Salvation comes from the Lord. God straightens out a fleeing prophet. — Alan Yam
我們都是蒙恩得救的人，我們都是在聖靈裡重生的人，我們都可以有聖靈內住，只要我們願意尊崇主、順服主、渴慕主、常與主親近，神必會保守我們的，保守我們的心懷意念，直到基督再臨。30-32是在講述末後的日子，神大而可畏的審判將要來臨，那是對罪惡的審判與刑罰。我們既是蒙恩得救的神的子民，有聖靈內住，保守我們、引領我們行在神的真道中，既使我們軟弱失腳，及時自省，在神面前認罪悔改，當「神的日子」臨到時，祂必要使我們進到祂所應許的新天新地新耶路撒冷新聖城與祂同坐席。感謝讚美主！ — Solomon Liu
从雅各全家下埃及（出十二40-41），到主前586年圣殿被毁（王上六1），大约是一千二百九十年。罗马皇帝奥古斯都（Caesar Augustus，主前27-主后14年在位）于儒略历主后14年8月19日去世，当天提庇留（Tiberius Julius Caesar Augustus，主后14-37年在位）被宣布为继承人，所以「凯撒提庇留在位第十五年」（路三1）是从儒略历主后28年8月19日开始。如果主耶稣在这天受洗（路三31），经过了旷野四十天的试探（路四1），再过一千二百九十日，就是儒略历主后32年4月10日、犹太历3792年尼散月十日。这一天正好是开始预备逾越节羔羊的日子（出十二3），很可能就是主耶稣骑驴进入耶路撒冷的那天（路十九28-44），就像主耶稣「以祂的身体为殿」（约二21）、预备接受十字架的拆毁。
Prophet Daniel was at his eighties when he prayed for God’s will regarding the nation of Israel. His prayer concerned about the Jews’ failure to fulfill their responsibilities (returned and rebuilt Jerusalem and the temple). His answer to his prayer was delayed as the angel Gabriel was at war with the devils trying to intercept the message. Michael, the archangel came to recuse and the message was finally delivered after three weeks. God answered Daniel with one of the greatest prophecy in the entire Bible (read chapter 11)
Gabriel told Daniel that from the moment he had begum to pray, his words had been heard in heaven. As Paul says: “ We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities against powers, against he rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places” Ephesians 6:12.
One important lesson I learn from Daniel 10 is God’s delay does not mean God’s denial. We are easily discourage when our prayer seem unanswered. Jesus encourages us to pray and not lose heart Luke 18:1, and Paul told us to pray with all perseverance, Ephesian 6:18. God always listen to our prayer.
Sometimes, I think that it does not sound “manly” to pray when we face problems. I tend to find ways to solve problems instead of praying. However, Christians are in a spiritual warfare. Satan has the power to delay God’s message. Satan also uses ways to distract us from asking for God’s help. As we pray, God send his army of angels to fight for us. Prayer is a “manly” way to deal with our problem(s). — Alan Yam