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KINDLE The Prodigal Prophet

D behavior patterns God sends a storm A Fish A Plant He Commissions Him fish a plant He commissions him and again and in the end counsels and debates with him directly Here we see God s righteousness and love working together He is both too holy and too loving to either destroy Jonah or to allow Jonah to remain as he is and God is also too holy and too loving to allow us to remain as we are p 132Sin always begins with the character assassination of God We believe that God has put us in a world of delights but has determined that He will not give them to us if we obey Him p 138One of the main reasons that we trust God too little is because we trust our own wisdom too much We think we now far better than God how our lives should go and what will make us happy p 139While we are not all called to be preachers or prophets or missionaries every believer is called to GO It means to be willing to leave safety security in order to share the good news of Jesus with others This may or may not entail leaving physical social locations but it always means risk vulnerability p 186Most of us are like Jonah We must have multiple exposures both to our need for God s grace which usually comes through experiences of disappointment and failure and to the gospel message p 219 It seems every Keller book is a must read and this one is another winner Being a lazy reviewer I m just going to drop in a couple of uotes Jonah s whole problem was the same as ours a conviction that if we fully surrender our will to God he will not be committed to our good and joy But here is the ultimate proof that this deeply rooted belief is a lie A God who substitutes himself for us and suffers so that we may go free is a God you can trust When Christian believers care for their own interests and security than for the good and salvation of other races and ethnicities they are sinning like Jonah If they value the economic and military flourishing of their country over the good of the human race and the furtherance of God s work in the world they are sinning like Jonah The book of Jonah is every bit as relevant today as it was 2500 years agoI ve been a fan of Timothy Keller since college The first book of his I read was The Reason for God I really admire the work Keller has done pastoring in Manhattan and reaching millions with his books Another of my favorites was The Prodigal God where Keller explores the deeper meanings of the Parable of the Prodigal Son from Luke 15 The Prodigal Prophet is a natural follow up to that book Keller emphasizes the fact that Jonah represents both brothers in Jesus parable the younger brother in Jonah 1 and 2 the older brother in Jonah 3 and 4Kellers latest book and the story of Jonah are extremely timely for our politicalreligious climate The story of Jonah Keller argues emphasizes topics like nationalism racism prejudice and religious elitism Jonah reveals the dangers of conjoining religion and patriotism and placing national pride over devotion to GodJonah is full of reversals The prophet of God refuses to pray while the pagan Gentile sailors cry out to their own gods and become worshipers of YHWH Jonah remains hard hearted and even violent in his view of the Assyrians while the Assyrians hearts are softened and they turn from their violent evil ways Jonah s biggest issue is not with the Gentiles it s with God who would offer mercy and forgiveness to his enemiesI appreciate Keller s honesty and courage to present the truth about justice grace mercy and forgiveness on than just an individual scale Through the story of Jonah God is showing that he cares for all people everywhere even the pagan Gentile sailors even the brutally violent Assyrian Empire God cares God wants to show grace and forgiveness Are "we willing to follow a God who wants to show love to those "willing to follow a God who wants to show love to those consider our enemyOverall Keller s latest book is a uick thrilling read diving into the story of Jonah and its implications for the 21st Century This would make an excellent series to preach through or teach in a Bible class setting I d recommend this book for all church leaders pastors and teachers especially if you are concerned with issues of justice If people I Love My Dad know anything about the prophet Jonah theynow he was swallowed by a big fish Conseuently because we live in an anti miraculous age people tend to dismiss Jonah s story as just another fish story the product of an ancient credulous imagination That dismissal is a shame for the Book of Jonah tells a story with a timel. JesusJonah's journey also doesn't end when he is freed from the belly of the fish There is an entire second half to his story but it is left unresolved within the text of the Bible Why does the book of Jonah end on what is essentially a cliffhanger In these pages Timothy Keller provides an answer to the extraordinary conclusion of this biblical parable and shares the powerful Christian message at the heart of Jonah's sto. .


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Story of Jonah than I ever *have before And NOT because of what I learned from the prophet Jonah but what I *before And NOT because of what I learned from the prophet Jonah but what I about me and my tendency to be just like Jonah at times in my lifeI underlined marked and made notes throughout the book 139 markings in all In other words a large swath of this book made an impact on this preacher s heartKeller if you have never read him writes with a depth that few current authors write with He almost reminds me of those Puritan Writers Of Yesteryear In of yesteryear In of fact this is the first in a series of books dedicated to an historic figure This happens to be dedicated to the Rev John Newton of Amazing Grace fame Newton s testimony parallels the life of Jonah the prophet in many ways and has through his writing letters been a tremendous help to the author his wife throughout the yearsAlthough Keller introduced some of these overarching truths re Jonah in his previous book Counterfeit Gods he really drills down and spends time digging for truth And to God be the glory we are the beneficiariesThis book will help any Christian wanting to learn about the story of Jonah and how it applies to Christians in the 21st century It will also help pastors preachers teachers regarding attitudes that we often miss within ourselves that need to be exposed As Keller states in chapter 12 of the book One of the messages of this book is that anyone even a successful prophet or preacher can be in the dark about graceAnother theme that Keller highlights and addresses masterfully is the theme of social justice the message of God s saving grace Keller than others I have read rightly divides the tension between both of these themes Far too often those who preach a social justice do so minus the truth of God s anger wrath toward sin And those who preach God s anger toward wrath sin often ignore God s desire for justice in society Keller parses the two and shows from the book of Jonah the proper emphasis for BOTHRead this book I could not put it down that is why I read it from start to finish in five days and it challenged me in so many ways The following are some favorite excerptsJonah had a problem with the job he was given But he had a bigger problem with the One who gave it to him p 15The classic Old Testament example of these two ways to run from God is right here in the book ofJonah Jonah takes turns acting as both the younger brother and the older "brother In the first two chapters of the book Jonah disobeys and runs away from the Lord and "In the first two chapters of the book Jonah disobeys and runs away from the Lord and ultimately repents and asks for God s grace just as the younger brother leaves home but returns repentantIn the last two chapters however Jonah obeys God s command to go and preach to Nineveh In both cases however he s trying to get control of the agenda When God accepts the repentance of the Ninevites just like the older brother in Luke 15 Jonah bristles with self righteous anger at God s graciousness and mercy to sinners p 20The dismaying news is that every act of disobedience to God has a storm attached to itThe Bible does not say that every difficulty is the result of sin but it does teach that every sin will bring you into difficulty p 24The lack of mercy in Jonah s attitude and actions toward others reveals that he was a stranger in his heart to the saving mercy and grace of God p 42While love of country and your people is a good thing like any other love it can become inordinate If love for your country s interest leads you to exploit people or in this case to root for an entire class of people to be spiritually lost then you love your nation than God That is idolatry by any definition p 103If we feel righteous as we read the Bible we are misreading it we are missing its central message We are reading and using the Bible rightly only when it humbles us critiues us and encourages us with God s love and grace despite our flaws p 106As long as there is something important than God to your heart you will be like Jonah both fragile and self righteous p 110The Bible records Jesus Christ weeping twenty times for every one time it notes that he laughs He was a man of sorrows and not because he was naturally depressive No he had enormous joy in the Holy Spirit and in his Father Luke 1021 and yet he grieved far than he laughed because his compassion connected him with us Our sadness makes him sad our pain brings him pain p 124God does not just accept Jonah and leave him alone He does not allow Jonah to remain undisturbed in his foolish wrongful attitudes an. Prodigal Prophet pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller reveals the hidden depths within the book of Jonah Keller makes the case that Jonah was one of the worst prophets in the entire Bible And yet there are unmistakably clear connections between Jonah the prodigal son and Jesus Jesus in fact saw himself in Jonah How could one of the most defiant and disobedient prophets in the Bible be compared to. This is the best book I ve read this year If you want to be blown away by a story that feels familiar yet is so deep read this book This book is a decent introduction to social justice Keller draws on a lot of moral and biblical principles as to why we must love our neighbors I think he does a nice job of appealing to all audiences whether they are Christian or not He makes a lot of good philosophical arguments for why we are called to sacrificialy love others and how ultimately true sacrificial care for one another can only be done from nowing Christ I believe Keller really challenges the excuses that I make as a Christian to love my neighbors and calls for a radical change in mindset because that is in line with God s character Specifically Keller draws on the need for us to care for those in the mission field and in urban settings because God cares for these settings Overall a decent book Not too sure if I d recommend it to others but if you re a non Christian who s heard of the Jonah story but want to understand a Christian perspective on it this is not a bad one Another very well written book by Timothy Keller who manages to write Bible based Christian books which are simultaneously concisely readable and powerfully insightful This book starts out by setting out Jonah as effectively two almost parallel scenes which it calls Jonah the pagans and the sea Chapters 1 2 and Jonah the pagans and the city Chapters 3 4 both of which have three parts Jonah and God s Word God s Word comes to Jonah the message he is asked to convey and his response Jonah and God s World a word of warning the response of the pagans and their leader to that warning and how it compared favorably to Jonah s response Jonah and God s Grace and how God taught Jonah grace through an animal or plant Keller "also draws out a theme he will return to at intervals Jonah foreshadowing new testament ideas in the "draws out a theme he will return to at intervals Jonah foreshadowing new testament ideas in the he draws in particular on the idea of Jonah effectively playing out in turn in each scene the roles of younger and then elder son in the Parable of the Prodigal Son later of course he draws on Jesus s own parallels between Himself and JonahThereafter the book first steps through the story chronologically before in three closing chapters examining in turn drawing on but not restricted to the Jonah story the subjects of each of the three parts us and God s word us and God s world and us and God s grace Keller sees Jonah as effectively holding Israel s national security as effectively an idol that he was too caught up in his own self righteous identity as a non pagan to really understand God s grace for others He makes it clear that in human terms given the atrocities of the Assyrian regime and its active threat to Israel as well as Jonah s own role in 2 Kings as prophesying Jeraboam s restoration of the boundaries of Israel Jonah s actions made sense but that ultimately he did not trust God in contrast say to an Abraham He also examines the importance of a message that combines social justice with God s judgement and God s mercy and of a grace fuelled Christianity that actively embraces the other Grace and God s mercy is the fundamental area that Keller examines in this excellent book I d give it six stars if I could This is one of Keller s best so insightful and rich When Keller sticks to exegesis and explaining how Jonah typifies Christ this book is awesome As soon as Keller takes his conclusions and applies them to social justice and politics it starts to go off the rails Though social justice racial reconciliation and being balanced in your politics have their place and are important I think that calling that the point of the book of Jonah is a stretch Another excellent work by Keller where he displays some of his most central contributions to 21st century Christianity including the centrality of the Gospel of grace Jesus as the true and better Jonah tackling our idols and popular apologetics for establishing the plausibility of Christianity against secular worldviews In addition to these his insights into the text are excellent Keller has a way of seeing what s going on at a deep level and yet explaining it in accessible terms Perhaps uniue in this volume is Keller s treatment of nationalism Drawing on CS Lewis Keller tackles the subject of patriotism both the good form of national pride and the dangerous enticement to national supremacy It is a much needed word in our current day Keller has me enjoying the. An angry prophet A feared and loathsome enemy A devastating storm And the surprising message of a merciful God to his peopleThe story of Jonah is one of the most well nown parables in the Bible It is also the most misunderstood Many people even those who are nonreligious are familiar with Jonah A rebellious prophet who defies God and is swallowed by a whale But there's much to Jonah's story than most of us realizeIn The. The Prodigal Prophet