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Have a blessed Nineveh Lent!

by Vineeth John Abraham

Jonah prayed unto Jehovah, his God, out of the fish's belly. And he said, I called by reason of mine affliction unto Jehovah, And he answered me; Out of the belly of Sheol cried I, [And] thou heardest my voice. "

Church asks us to analyze and learn the verses from 31 to 41 of Chapter 12, from St. Mathew. There are three major points underlying in these verses

1. Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost.
2. Manner of spirit they are of.
3. Sign or Miracle to unfaithful?

1. Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost.

And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in that which is to come.

2. Manner of spirit they are of.

Men's language discovers what country they are of, likewise what manner of spirit they are of. The heart is the fountain, words are the streams. A troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring, must send forth muddy and unpleasant streams. Nothing but the salt of grace, cast into the spring, will heal the waters, season the speech, and purify the corrupt communication. An evil man has an evil treasure in his heart, and out of it brings forth evil things. Lusts and corruptions, dwelling and reigning in the heart, are an evil treasure, out of which the sinner brings forth bad words and actions, to dishonor God, and hurt others.

3. Sign or Miracle to unfaithful?

Signs were granted to those who desired them to confirm their faith, as Abraham and Gideon; but denied to those who demanded them to excuse their unbelief. The resurrection of Christ from the dead by his own power, called here the sign of the prophet Jonah, was the great proof of Christ's being the Messiah. As Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale, and then came out again alive, thus Christ would be so long in the grave, and then rise again.

Let us sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; Let this Day 1 of this Nineveh Lent a change to us.

May God bless us!

See Also:

Nineveh Lent - Day 2

Various Traditions Regarding the Fast of Nineveh (Baoutha d'Ninwaye)

Can You Run and Hide from God?
Lessons from Jonah and Nineveh.

Reflections on NINEVEH’S FAST

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