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Oct 21, 2004 Eliza Simmons’s Desk

Wishing tests would all be over soon, but what would I do when all that testes is gone. Got an education without gaining anything. Got a cert, but do I get smarter? Some say, "Hey party now." Another, "I will work harder, next time I will rest," But hey girl, there might not be another day to enjoy life as we can now. So why rush through school for something we think so secure that we end up at last at job coach.
Good grade means smarter? Good grade means I learn something? ......hell no in my experience. But the world is calling for higher grade......for competition.......remember one people say "Competition make life quality better." OH YEAH Hell no........

Everyone in the corp. wants to be promote, “Shareholder, get out of my way… If that is what it takes, and if I won’t get caught, who cares?” All the management policy, are trying to get "people" to think of public need, but life is a strange thing, even sometimes company benefit will cross the line of public benefit.

I think today world is overly competitive. Too competitive that we all think of how to survive ourselves and neglect the greater benefit of the whole. Let say there are two employees who face a possibility of lay off. When one of them is at fault, maybe without the pressure of lay off, another employee would speak of goodwill of another. But because of the competition, another employee will somehow desire another people to have bad report. Competitions also create resentment, and un-united mind of people. It is very tempting. Status Quo? What the HELL is that? I know no one is norm. Norm is something invented by our personal prejudice and stereotype. Something each of us perceive differently.

As much as I hate to believe, there are less people take emotions lightly, and treat all kind of relationship as a tool of communication and gaining power, there are people who thirst for achievement would do so. And this is the side of the world I want to deny. And this is the side of the world I don't want to admit. So I bravely tell many things to people I meet about me, and so I take the risk of playing the role of a fool. But I am I really a fool? Am I? Is a fool better than someone awake at night, knowing someone has hurt her, feeling blues, yet wound once there never healed, for he or she will never repent or care about a bit of you and me.

Decent life- a simple life too- who don't want one? Everyone want one, but who can escape from the world......exactly each one want a decent life, thinking I'm only wanting this.......and everyone take care of only his or her own thing...........and this world becomes cold and unbearable. All protest for their own welfare, the union want a piece of that, the school want a piece of that, the hospital want a piece of that, the transit want a piece of that..........but no one love tax.

We want service, but we don’t want to give. (Well if the government screws, then that’s another thing.) Or look at it these ways, the country want to repay it debt, but no one want their service to be cut. When it comes to low tide of the country, everyone look at his her pie..........no one care for the whole anymore.

I really don't like reading news. I really don't enjoy politic. I really don't want to involve in the world, but exactly because I don't do anything I can do about my community that make a different to the world........a colder world......but I don't want to get involved in it. Politic is fake, ugly. Religion and school shan’t not involve in politics. So why I am here?

My answer to my question why I am here:

1. Take responsibility of each stage of life is the meaning of life

2. I am of little faith, not trusting enough to give everything up to God......to accept challenge and life as it is......

a) I get this in a msg this morning in my email which I posted on my care2.com group,

Matthew 16:21-28 ( NIV ) Saturday, 12:11 PM
Matthew 16:21-28 ( NIV )

21From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he
must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the
elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be
killed and on the third day be raised to life.

22Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he
said. "This shall never happen to you!"

23Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a
stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God,
but the things of men."

24Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me,
he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25For
whoever wants to save his life[1] will lose it, but whoever loses
his life for me will find it. 26What good will it be for a man if he
gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give
in exchange for his soul? 27For the Son of Man is going to come in
his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each
person according to what he has done. 28I tell you the truth, some
who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son
of Man coming in his kingdom."

Footnotes
16:25 The Greek word means either life or soul; also in verse 26.

_____________________________________


This event in Christ's earthly ministry follows a very significant
occurrence. Earlier in Matthew 16, Jesus had led His disciples to
Caesarea Philippi, north of Galilee, and confronted them with the
ultimate question: " Who do you say that I am? " ( v.15 ). Peter
responded that Jesus is, in fact, the Christ - the Son of the living
God ( v.16 ). Christ then called His men to act on that reality with
obedience and spiritual commitment ( vv.24-26 ).

This scripture I think I have heard it in sermon before.

Mainly it reminds us that no one can comprehend God's plan, but we ought to accept whatever is there in front of us. For God made no mistakes. He calculated the mistakes in there. He use the mistakes or a test or a suffering to attain His Will in transforming our characters.
Another view is that. Jesus is God, and because He win over death that we shall live forever with Him and prove that death has no limitation on Christ. But that His disciple didn't understand the plan of God.

God has His way in answering our prayers. What isn't given, it is because God has planned better things in store for us.
When God ask us to do something to sacrifice, never let Satan to make us stumble and say, God won't ever have us to do this, but actually, God won't give us a task that is too hard for us to bear.

And, most importantly,

God is always with us.

Those who try to save his life will lose it, those who self center and self serving will lose it, those who follow God’s Words and stand firm even when life is being threatened, they will live because of Christ.

Quote from Dennis, "Peter did not understand the reason for Christ's death and he only looked at it from a rational and selfish standpoint.  He could only see the possibility of Jesus being put to death but he did undesrstand the spiritual ramifications of that death.  Only after Jesus death was it explained and made clear to him.
Had Satan known also what the death of Jesus meant to him he would not have had Him crucified because that was Satan's downfall.  

As [Vivian, the author of this thread] implicated there are more important and spiritual reasons to life than just what we see with the human eyes.  That is why we should get to know God through His Word where we can receice His illumination by the help of the Holy Spirit.

We are much like Peter.  Scripture tells us to die to self but we would rather have things done our way instead of having faith in God and His ways.  We fail to see the broader and mor rewarding plan that He has for us in this life and the next.  We tend to look at only here and now.

Peter's focus was on the now of his day.  Jesus death to him at first meant that their Messiah or Promise Ruler was going to be put to death.  He did not trust God to have a bigger and better reason for that death to take place which was our eternal salvation.

We are told to put of that old man.....to have the mind of Christ.....to seek those things which are above...etc etc.  Paul said the he died daily.  Meaning dying to self and its desires and purposes and sinful ways.  How do we do that?  By accepting the death of Christ as ours.  No workd involved...just simple trusting in God and His Word.  It all starts with faith and ends with faith.  Because without faith it is impossible to please God.  Want to live a God pleaing life.  Simply believe and put your trust in him.  Rest in Him and the finished work of Jesus Christ."

What I mean by putting competition in my thread. I mean competition draw people to the dark side of the mind, lower quality of life as it pollute the mind. But we are living in a temporary world. Everything of the world will be gone. All we need to do is to seek God's favor, not men favor or the world approval. The competitions in world aren’t always fair, but we ought to accept as is and abide the game of the world with God's Words. While many people might get tempted to cheat in the game, we shall remember that if God doesn't place us there, then might be that place isn't good enough for us that's why God didn't place us there.

b) Reading on Oct 25 in a daily devotion book given by Ping.

Daniel 3:8-18

Dan 3:8  Some Babylonians used this as a chance to accuse the Jews to King Nebuchadnezzar.
Dan 3:9  They said, "Your Majesty, we hope you live forever!
Dan 3:10  You commanded everyone to bow down and worship the gold statue when the music played.
Dan 3:11  And you said that anyone who did not bow down and worship it would be thrown into a flaming furnace.
Dan 3:12  Sir, you appointed three men to high positions in Babylon Province, but they have disobeyed you. Those Jews, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, refuse to worship your gods and the statue you have set up."
Dan 3:13  King Nebuchadnezzar was furious. So he sent for the three young men and said,
Dan 3:14  "I hear that you refuse to worship my gods and the gold statue I have set up.
Dan 3:15  Now I am going to give you one more chance. If you bow down and worship the statue when you hear the music, everything will be all right. But if you don't, you will at once be thrown into a flaming furnace. No god can save you from me."
Dan 3:16  The three men replied, "Your Majesty, we don't need to defend ourselves.
Dan 3:17  The God we worship can save us from you and your flaming furnace.
Dan 3:18  But even if he doesn't, we still won't worship your gods and the gold statue you have set up."

c) At Oct 24, 2004 the show “shower of blessing”, that Christian is different from others, in that we get comfort and we rejoice in distress, this is one of the ways we show that God has revealed to us. And it is this ministry of “shower of blessing” that brings testimonies of thousand of Christian who are facing their most difficult time through Christ, and from whom they get comfort.

3. My Mom says the meaning of life isn't about words but action in life.......doing what we can to improve and shape our character to best like Christ



Eliza Simmons
~Yesterday insult, today gain.


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Notice that "hell" and "fool" here are in worldly terms, not scriputres base
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“Rubenstein, R. "The State of Jewish Belief" in Commentary 42, August 1966, p.134

"No man can really say that God is dead. How can we know that? Nevertheless, I am compelled to say that we live in the time of the "death of God"... When I say we live in a time of the death of God, I mean that the thread uniting God and man, heaven and earth has been broken. We stand in a cold, silent, unfeeling cosmos, unaided by any purposeful power beyond our own resources. After Auschwitz, what else can a Jew say about God?

I believe the greatest single challenge to modern Judaism arises out of the question of God and the death camps. I am amazed at the silence of contemporary Jewish theologians on this most crucial and agonizing of all Jewish issues. How can Jews believe in an omnipotent, beneficent God after Auschwitz? Traditional Jewish theology maintains that God is the ultimate, omnipotent actor in the historical drama. It has interpreted every major catastrophe in Jewish history as God's punishment of a sinful Israel. I fail to see how this position can be maintained without regarding Hitler and the SS as instruments of God's will. The agony of European Jewry cannot be likened to the testing of Job. To see any purpose in the death camps, the traditional believer is forced to regard the most demonic, anti-human explosion in all history as a meaningful expression of God's purposes. The idea is simply too obscene for me to accept."”


http://www.wujs.org.il/activist/programmes/sources/theology/responses _to_suffering_in_the_holocaust.shtml

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well, I can only share what I think,

But God does gives all human a free will to choose to follow Him or not.

Ezekiel
18:23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the evil-doer? says the Lord: am I not pleased if he is turned from his way so that he may have life?"

Yet God has calculated the mistakes human made into His plan. He has His way to justified the wrong.

Have u heard of stories of David.

David taking a married woman by killing her husband. David don't want to be responsible for his baby, so he send her husband into David place, and send him back, hoping he would laid with his wife. But her husband didn't go back home, for war is heading on. So David decided to kill him using his enermies. Some people might ask why her husband shall die, but the lecturer I attended, explain. With his death, her wife won't live a  life of regret and hidden secret. With David and the woman first baby die, the due is pay. They have another son called Solomon, and God favors Solomon and make him king after David. The woman is then called mother of Solomon. And the wrong of David is recorded in the family tree of Jesus who takes the place of David, and Jesus die on the cross to complete what God intended the salvation for all people. God is as such just in His judgememnt.

2 Samuel 11:2- 12:25

2Sa 11:2  Late one afternoon, David got up from a nap and was walking around on the flat roof of his palace. A beautiful young woman was down below in her courtyard, bathing as her religion required. David happened to see her, and he sent one of his servants to find out who she was. The servant came back and told David, "Her name is Bathsheba. She is the daughter of Eliam, and she is the wife of Uriah the Hittite." David sent some messengers to bring her to his palace. She came to him, and he slept with her. Then she returned home.
2Sa 11:3  (SEE 11:2)
2Sa 11:4  (SEE 11:2)
2Sa 11:5  But later, when she found out that she was going to have a baby, she sent someone to David with this message: "I'm pregnant!"
2Sa 11:6  David sent a message to Joab: "Send Uriah the Hittite to me." Joab sent Uriah
2Sa 11:7  to David's palace, and David asked him, "Is Joab well? How is the army doing? And how about the war?"
2Sa 11:8  Then David told Uriah, "Go home and clean up." Uriah left the king's palace, and David had dinner sent to Uriah's house.
2Sa 11:9  But Uriah didn't go home. Instead, he slept outside the entrance to the royal palace, where the king's guards slept.
2Sa 11:10  Someone told David that Uriah had not gone home. So the next morning David asked him, "Why didn't you go home? Haven't you been away for a long time?"
2Sa 11:11  Uriah answered, "The sacred chest and the armies of Israel and Judah are camping out somewhere in the fields with our commander Joab and his officers and troops. Do you really think I would go home to eat and drink and sleep with my wife? I swear by your life that I would not!"
2Sa 11:12  Then David said, "Stay here in Jerusalem today, and I will send you back tomorrow." Uriah stayed in Jerusalem that day. Then the next day,
2Sa 11:13  David invited him for dinner. Uriah ate with David and drank so much that he got drunk, but he still did not go home. He went out and slept on his mat near the palace guards.
2Sa 11:14  Early the next morning, David wrote a letter and told Uriah to deliver it to Joab.
2Sa 11:15  The letter said: "Put Uriah on the front line where the fighting is the worst. Then pull the troops back from him, so that he will be wounded and die."
2Sa 11:16  Joab had been carefully watching the city of Rabbah, and he put Uriah in a place where he knew there were some of the enemy's best soldiers.
2Sa 11:17  When the men of the city came out, they fought and killed some of David's soldiers--Uriah the Hittite was one of them.
2Sa 11:18  Joab sent a messenger to tell David everything that was happening in the war.
2Sa 11:19  He gave the messenger these orders: When you finish telling the king everything that has happened,
2Sa 11:20  he may get angry and ask, "Why did you go so near the city to fight? Didn't you know they would shoot arrows from the wall?
2Sa 11:21  Don't you know how Abimelech the son of Gideon was killed at Thebez? Didn't a woman kill him by dropping a large rock from the top of the city wall? Why did you go so close to the city walls?" Then you tell him, "One of your soldiers who was killed was Uriah the Hittite."
2Sa 11:22  The messenger went to David and reported everything Joab had told him.
2Sa 11:23  He added, "The enemy chased us from the wall and out into the open fields. But we pushed them back as far as the city gate.
2Sa 11:24  Then they shot arrows at us from the top of the wall. Some of your soldiers were killed, and one of them was Uriah the Hittite."
2Sa 11:25  David replied, "Tell Joab to cheer up and not to be upset about what happened. You never know who will be killed in a war. Tell him to strengthen his attack against the city and break through its walls."
2Sa 11:26  When Bathsheba heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him.
2Sa 11:27  Then after the time for mourning was over, David sent someone to bring her to the palace. She became David's wife, and they had a son. The LORD was angry at what David had done,
2Sa 12:1  and he sent Nathan the prophet to tell this story to David: A rich man and a poor man lived in the same town.
2Sa 12:2  The rich man owned a lot of sheep and cattle,
2Sa 12:3  but the poor man had only one little lamb that he had bought and raised. The lamb became a pet for him and his children. He even let it eat from his plate and drink from his cup and sleep on his lap. The lamb was like one of his own children.
2Sa 12:4  One day someone came to visit the rich man, but the rich man didn't want to kill any of his own sheep or cattle and serve it to the visitor. So he stole the poor man's little lamb and served it instead.
2Sa 12:5  David was furious with the rich man and said to Nathan, "I swear by the living LORD that the man who did this deserves to die!
2Sa 12:6  And because he didn't have any pity on the poor man, he will have to pay four times what the lamb was worth."
2Sa 12:7  Then Nathan told David: You are that rich man! Now listen to what the LORD God of Israel says to you: "I chose you to be the king of Israel. I kept you safe from Saul
2Sa 12:8  and even gave you his house and his wives. I let you rule Israel and Judah, and if that had not been enough, I would have given you much more.
2Sa 12:9  Why did you disobey me and do such a horrible thing? You murdered Uriah the Hittite by having the Ammonites kill him, so you could take his wife.
2Sa 12:10  "Because you wouldn't obey me and took Uriah's wife for yourself, your family will never live in peace.
2Sa 12:11  Someone from your own family will cause you a lot of trouble, and I will take your wives and give them to another man before your very eyes. He will go to bed with them while everyone looks on.
2Sa 12:12  What you did was in secret, but I will do this in the open for everyone in Israel to see."
2Sa 12:13  David said, "I have disobeyed the LORD." "Yes, you have!" Nathan answered. "You showed you didn't care what the LORD wanted. He has forgiven you, and you won't die. But your newborn son will."
2Sa 12:14  (SEE 12:13)
2Sa 12:15  Then Nathan went back home. The LORD made David's young son very sick.
2Sa 12:16  So David went without eating to show his sorrow, and he begged God to make the boy well. David would not sleep on his bed, but spent each night lying on the floor.
2Sa 12:17  His officials stood beside him and tried to talk him into getting up. But he would not get up or eat with them.
2Sa 12:18  After the child had been sick for seven days, he died, but the officials were afraid to tell David. They said to each other, "Even when the boy was alive, David wouldn't listen to us. How can we tell him his son is dead? He might do something terrible!"
2Sa 12:19  David noticed his servants whispering, and he knew the boy was dead. "Did my son die?" he asked his servants. "Yes, he did," they answered.
2Sa 12:20  David got up off the floor; he took a bath, combed his hair, and dressed. He went into the LORD's tent and worshiped, then he went back home. David asked for something to eat, and when his servants brought him some food, he ate it.
2Sa 12:21  His officials said, "What are you doing? You went without eating and cried for your son while he was alive! But now that he's dead, you're up and eating."
2Sa 12:22  David answered: While he was still alive, I went without food and cried because there was still hope. I said to myself, "Who knows? Maybe the LORD will have pity on me and let the child live."
2Sa 12:23  But now that he's dead, why should I go without eating? I can't bring him back! Someday I will join him in death, but he can't return to me.
2Sa 12:24  David comforted his wife Bathsheba and slept with her. Later on, she gave birth to another son and named him Solomon. The LORD loved Solomon
2Sa 12:25  and sent Nathan the prophet to tell David, "The LORD will call him Jedidiah."

1 Chronicles 22:6-10

1Ch 22:6  David sent for his son Solomon and told him to build a temple for the LORD God of Israel.
1Ch 22:7  He said: My son, I wanted to build a temple where the LORD my God would be worshiped.
1Ch 22:8  But some time ago, he told me, "David, you have killed too many people and have fought too many battles. That's why you are not the one to build my temple.
1Ch 22:9  But when your son becomes king, I will give him peace throughout his kingdom. His name will be Solomon, because during his rule I will keep Israel safe and peaceful.
1Ch 22:10  Solomon will build my temple. He will be like a son to me, and I will be like a father to him. In fact, one of his descendants will always rule in Israel."

Matt 1:1

Mat 1:1  Jesus Christ came from the family of King David and also from the family of Abraham. And this is a list of his ancestors

Matt 1:6

Mat 1:6  From David to the time of the exile in Babylonia, the ancestors of Jesus were: David, Solomon (his mother had been Uriah's wife), Rehoboam, Abijah, Asa, Jehoshaphat, Jehoram; Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, Amon, Josiah, and Jehoiachin and his brothers.

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Read the entire book of Jonah, which has 4 chapters, u will know how God is patience and merciful to His servant. And how God is meriful on mankind

Jon 1:1  One day the LORD told Jonah, the son of Amittai,
Jon 1:2  to go to the great city of Nineveh and say to the people, "The LORD has seen your terrible sins. You are doomed!"
Jon 1:3  Instead, Jonah ran from the LORD. He went to the seaport of Joppa and bought a ticket on a ship that was going to Spain. Then he got on the ship and sailed away to escape.
Jon 1:4  But the LORD made a strong wind blow, and such a bad storm came up that the ship was about to be broken to pieces.
Jon 1:5  The sailors were frightened, and they all started praying to their gods. They even threw the ship's cargo overboard to make the ship lighter. All this time, Jonah was down below deck, sound asleep.
Jon 1:6  The ship's captain went to him and said, "How can you sleep at a time like this? Get up and pray to your God! Maybe he will have pity on us and keep us from drowning."
Jon 1:7  Finally, the sailors got together and said, "Let's ask our gods to show us who caused all this trouble." It turned out to be Jonah.
Jon 1:8  They started asking him, "Are you the one who brought all this trouble on us? What business are you in? Where do you come from? What is your country? Who are your people?"
Jon 1:9  Jonah answered, "I'm a Hebrew, and I worship the LORD God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land."
Jon 1:10  When the sailors heard this, they were frightened, because Jonah had already told them he was running from the LORD. Then they said, "Do you know what you have done?"
Jon 1:11  The storm kept getting worse, until finally the sailors asked him, "What should we do with you to make the sea calm down?"
Jon 1:12  Jonah told them, "Throw me into the sea, and it will calm down. I'm the cause of this terrible storm."
Jon 1:13  The sailors tried their best to row to the shore. But they could not do it, and the storm kept getting worse every minute.
Jon 1:14  So they prayed to the LORD, "Please don't let us drown for taking this man's life. Don't hold us guilty for killing an innocent man. All of this happened because you wanted it to."
Jon 1:15  Then they threw Jonah overboard, and the sea calmed down.
Jon 1:16  The sailors were so terrified that they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made all kinds of promises.
Jon 1:17  The LORD sent a big fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.

Jon 2:1  From inside the fish, Jonah prayed to the LORD his God:
Jon 2:2  When I was in trouble, LORD, I prayed to you, and you listened to me. From deep in the world of the dead, I begged for your help, and you answered my prayer.
Jon 2:3  You threw me down to the bottom of the sea. The water was churning all around; I was completely covered by your mighty waves.
Jon 2:4  I thought I was swept away from your sight, never again to see your holy temple.
Jon 2:5  I was almost drowned by the swirling waters that surrounded me. Seaweed had wrapped around my head.
Jon 2:6  I had sunk down below the underwater mountains; I knew that forever, I would be a prisoner there. But, you, LORD God, rescued me from that pit.
Jon 2:7  When my life was slipping away, I remembered you-- and in your holy temple you heard my prayer.
Jon 2:8  All who worship worthless idols turn from the God who offers them mercy.
Jon 2:9  But with shouts of praise, I will offer a sacrifice to you, my LORD. I will keep my promise, because you are the one with power to save.
Jon 2:10  The LORD commanded the fish to vomit up Jonah on the shore. And it did.

Jon 3:1  Once again the LORD told Jonah
Jon 3:2  to go to that great city of Nineveh and preach his message of doom.
Jon 3:3  Jonah obeyed the LORD and went to Nineveh. The city was so big that it took three days just to walk through it.
Jon 3:4  After walking for a day, Jonah warned the people, "Forty days from now, Nineveh will be destroyed!"
Jon 3:5  They believed God's message and set a time when they would go without eating to show their sorrow. Then everyone in the city, no matter who they were, dressed in sackcloth.
Jon 3:6  When the king of Nineveh heard what was happening, he also dressed in sackcloth; he left the royal palace and sat in dust.
Jon 3:7  Then he and his officials sent out an order for everyone in the city to obey. It said: None of you or your animals may eat or drink a thing. Each of you must wear sackcloth, and you must even put sackcloth on your animals. You must also pray to the LORD God with all your heart and stop being sinful and cruel. Maybe God will change his mind and have mercy on us, so we won't be destroyed.
Jon 3:8  (SEE 3:7)
Jon 3:9  (SEE 3:7)
Jon 3:10  When God saw that the people had stopped doing evil things, he had pity and did not destroy them as he had planned.

Jon 4:1  Jonah was really upset and angry.
Jon 4:2  So he prayed: Our LORD, I knew from the very beginning that you wouldn't destroy Nineveh. That's why I left my own country and headed for Spain. You are a kind and merciful God, and you are very patient. You always show love, and you don't like to punish anyone, not even foreigners.
Jon 4:3  Now let me die! I'd be better off dead.
Jon 4:4  The LORD replied, "What right do you have to be angry?"
Jon 4:5  Jonah then left through the east gate of the city and made a shelter to protect himself from the sun. He sat under the shelter, waiting to see what would happen to Nineveh.
Jon 4:6  The LORD made a vine grow up to shade Jonah's head and protect him from the sun. Jonah was very happy to have the vine,
Jon 4:7  but early the next morning the LORD sent a worm to chew on the vine, and the vine dried up.
Jon 4:8  During the day the LORD sent a scorching wind, and the sun beat down on Jonah's head, making him feel faint. Jonah was ready to die, and he shouted, "I wish I were dead!"
Jon 4:9  But the LORD asked, "Jonah, do you have the right to be angry about the vine?" "Yes, I do," he answered, "and I'm angry enough to die."
Jon 4:10  But the LORD said: You are concerned about a vine that you did not plant or take care of, a vine that grew up in one night and died the next.
Jon 4:11  In that city of Nineveh there are more than a hundred twenty thousand people who cannot tell right from wrong, and many cattle are also there. Don't you think I should be concerned about that big city?

Eliza Simmons
~Yesterday insult, today gain.

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