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     A singular prophet among the many in the Old Testament, Jonah the son of Amittai was born about an hour's walk from the town of Nazareth.  The focus of his prophetic ministry was the call to preach at Nineveh, the capital of pagan Assyria (Jonah 1:2).  His reluctance to respond and God's insistence that His call be heeed is the story of the book that bears Jonah's name.  Although the swallowing and disgorging of Jonah by the great fish is the most remembered detail of his life, it is addressed in ly three verses of the book.  (Jonah 1:17; 2:1, 10)  Throughout the book, the important theme is how God deals compassionately with sinners.  Jonah's three-day sojourn in the belly of the fish is mentioned by Jesus as a sign of His own death, burial, and resurrection (Matthew 12:39-41).

From Treasury of Daily Prayer, September 22

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 11:42 am | No Comments »

Nehemiah 8 English Standard Version (ESV)

Ezra Reads the Law

8 And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. 2 So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month. 3 And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand.

[Ezra read from the Book of the Law from early morning until midday]  What if your Pastor preached that long?  Well, as I have observed, if my Pastor preaches past noon people start looking at their watches and then he almost get "stoned to death."

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