The Chair and the Desk, 2/3/16

From the chair and the desk:

“And the Lord said, ‘You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?'”

-Jonah 4:10-11

“On one level, the message of Jonah may be boiled down to a warning to the hearer/reader: ‘Don’t be like Jonah.’…but it is also about God. Jonah hopes all along that somehow God won’t turn out to be consistent with his own well-known character (4:2). But God is consistent throughout, in contrast to Jonah’s hypocritical inconsistency. What happens to Nineveh and to Jonah happens precisely because of what God is like. The audience of the book is thus invited implicitely to revise their understanding of what God is like, if they have indeed shared Jonah’s selfish views.”

-Doug Stuart, Hosea-Jonah (WBC), p.434

“The chair” is the one Annie aptly chose for the corner of our living room, and it’s where I am committed to daily hearing from God’s Word–the Word I above all else hope to speak to others. “The desk” is the one by my coffee grounds and spare charger (if I get to the library early enough); it’s where I have the privilege of reading and thinking all day, where I intend to learn for others’ sake. 

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