Thursday, July 07, 2016

sorrow, anger and well doing...

Cain was at least very sorry for the consequences of his murdering Cain. Jonah wanted God to kill all the Ninevites.

And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. Genesis 4:7 

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry? So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live. And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not labored, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle? (Jonah 4:1-11)

1. H3190 ~~ יטב ~ yâṭab ~ yaw-tab'
A primitive root; to be (causatively) make well, literally (sound, beautiful) or figuratively (happy, successful, right): - be accepted, amend, use aright, benefit, be (make) better, seem best, make cheerful, be comely, + be content, diligent (-ly), dress, earnestly, find favour, give, be glad, do (be, make) good ([-ness]), be (make) merry, please (+ well), shew more [kindness], skilfully, X very small, surely, make sweet, thoroughly, tire, trim, very, be (can, deal, entreat, go, have) well [said, seen ].

This is the word translated as “thou doest well” in Genesis 4 AND translated  in Jonah 4 as “doest thou well.”

2. H2734 ~~ חרה ~ chârâh ~ khaw-raw'
A primitive root (compare H2787); to glow or grow warm; figuratively (usually) to blaze up, of anger, zeal, jealousy: - be angry, burn, be displeased, X earnestly, fret self, grieve, be (wax) hot, be incensed, kindle, X very, be wroth. See H8474.

This is the word in Genesis 4 translated as “wroth” AND in Jonah 4 as “angry.”

Jesus twice “Go and sin no more.” It seems quite apparent that this is a very succinct and yet large part of the message God teaches in His Bible and deeply desires men and women to hear and to heed.

For I tell you that unless your righteousness is far greater than that of the Torah-teachers [scribes] and P'rushim [Pharisees], you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven! "You have heard that our fathers were told, 'Do not murder,' and that anyone who commits murder will be subject to judgment. But I tell you that anyone who nurses anger against his brother will be subject to judgment; that whoever calls his brother, 'You good-for-nothing!' will be brought before the Sanhedrin [counsel]; that whoever says, 'Fool!' incurs the penalty of burning in the fire of Gei-Hinnom [hell fire]! (Matthew 5:20-22)

Can we? Go and sin no more?  We CAN say THANK YOU FATHER, THANK YOU JESUS, and THANK YOU HOLY SPIRIT FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE! And we CAN pray for continued transformation by the renewing of our minds. I REALLY believe THAT is a prayer God REALLY wants to hear and to answer. Why? In my humble(?) opinion it is because sin enters the mind where it deceives men and women and finds a place of residence in the heart. This is shown clearly in Matthew Ch. 5-7. It is stated very clearly and sharply in Jeremiah 17:9 :

"The heart is more deceitful than anything else and mortally sick. Who can fathom it?” (CJB)
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”(KJV)

I exhort you, therefore, brothers, in view of God's mercies, to offer yourselves as a sacrifice, living and set apart for God. This will please him; it is the logical "Temple worship" for you. In other words, do not let yourselves be conformed to the standards of the `olam hazeh [this world]. Instead, keep letting yourselves be transformed by the renewing of your minds; so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what he wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed. For I am telling every single one of you, through the grace that has been given to me, not to have exaggerated ideas about your own importance. Instead, develop a sober estimate of yourself based on the standard which God has given to each of you, namely, trust. (Romans 12:1-3)

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