Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

God-Appointed Preacher for Revival

Revival comes through the preaching of the Word of God. It is noteworthy that Jesus Christ mentions that Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah (Luke 11:32), and calls Jonah a “sign to the Ninevites” just as the Son of Man was to be to His generation (v. 30). What makes a preacher a sign to repent?

In every documented case of a person having been swallowed by a large fish, the gastric juices from the stomach of the fish have completely changed the outward color of the person’s skin and removed all of their hair. Think about this for a moment. When Jonah came to Nineveh to preach judgment upon the city, he must have been a sight to behold. Most of the Jews and the Ninevites were dark-skinned peoples, and baldness was almost unheard of. Here was Jonah with no hair, his skin a blotchy yellow and white, and as he walked through the city as God’s messenger, no doubt the crowd gathered just because of his unusual appearance. He became a sign to the people that God was visiting them.

And then, as he preached, the people of Nineveh probably marveled at his courage. Here was their number one enemy, a Jew, bald and bleached white, preaching that they had 40 days before the judgment of God was going to fall on them. Jonah was either crazy or he was a God-called servant of repentance and revival. As he walked through the city, he was God’s preacher with God’s message. Whenever you have renewal or revival, you always have a man of God. In Nineveh, that man was Jonah.

Excerpted from The Runaway Prophet, by David Jeremiah.


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