"I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24 Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
25 "Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them."
The Purposes of God
Did you ever wonder what God meant here?
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
God sets up plans suddenly, with a twist, well in advance? Actually being Father God Lord God Almighty - His plans - What the Soul of Father God wants, He does. No purpose of Father God Almighty over all things, can be thwarted. In earth, in Heaven, in the seas and the deeps. What our Father, your Father and mine, the LORD of hosts has planned, and no one can frustrate His Plans And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back. Only God.
Jonah is an interesting part of Scripture. He reoccurs in the New Testament because Jesus speaks of Jonah 9 times. Jonah wanted no part of God's plan. No oneness with God in being told go to the looming and gentile polytheistic culture about to invade. Jonah only had a very sketchy, rude understanding of Assyria and Assyrians. Therefore, very little empathy. Given the nature of the looming Assyrians, Jonah was sure he would fail in this unusual endeavor to make peace and salvation out of barbarism. A mission of High Profile Failure. Jonah surely thought as missions go, this one was the underling position - or just a terrible request from God - not one that God would give to a Beloved Child of God.
God never sat down and thoroughly explained to Jonah about God's desire for Jonah to keep his self esteem.
God never sat down and comforted Jonah.
Was the work important? God never told Jonah in comforting dreams like Joseph.
What would God use to ask Jonah ultra politely to see God is the Authority?
Right. Whatever God deemed necessary.
Was the work important to God? Yes in a dire way this was VERY IMPORTANT TO GOD.
Jonah was telling polytheistic people about God being the Sole God. About God being the Authority.
And this small, fragile country of Israel was about to have a Zenith equal to Solomon's era with more faith of the people of Judah than ever before.
Except this framework would lay, establish, conduct, and was a master key of God's Plan - to bring Nebuchadnezzar to understand God loves Nebuchadnezzar. To allow the slain Nation of Israel, utterly destroyed to rise up like - Jesus The Christ, the Messiah, the Only Son of God.
The history of Israel is unparallelled.
-God takes a comfortable Temple
-A nation in fear,
-A fragile man who is determined to Frank Sinatra do life his own way
and does - the Will, the Authority, the Audacity, the Auspiciousness, the Determination of
Compassion for the multitudes - and does... God's Plan.
Amazing. Seems like in many things, over many years, in many conditions, with varieties of people, circumstances, cultures, nationalities - GOD is going to say His Love is Living Water - crossing rules, boundaries, opinions, and in ways - ONLY GOD FINDS APPROPRIATE OR BELIEVABLE.
God determines - His - Way, Truth, Life.
And given Jonah lived in 700 B.C. - God probably intends to keep doing that "GOD THING."
You are telling us as a Living God with Living Word that Your God Nature is a God of Peace.
Father of All Things in People, Circumstance, Creation - You brought Your Son, Lord Jesus, our Savior to have Victory and to conquer death.
Living Father God You are the Great Shepherd of the sheep. Giving Your own blood shed in terrible, terrible anxiety and sacrifice to the eternal covenant of faith and of Life.
Please equip us and the ones we love with every good You would do to accomplish Your Will! Please dwell within us, our family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, Church, leading to our State, Nation and the Nations of God to work in ways in the Path pleasing in Your Sight. We ask to accomplish Your Will in Gentle Love.
Though the Highest Name of Jesus Christ. To You Father God and not to us be the Glory forever in the fulfilling of Your Word and Will. In Jesus, Amen!
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †