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Jonah 1:14 “Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee.”

Jonah 1:15 “So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.”

When Jonah’s fellow travellers tried to restore calmness in the sea but couldn’t, they sought for just any solution that will save their lives and the only option left was to throw Jonah overboard.

Jonah himself even advised them thus so they did. The offender was cast into the sea and there was a great calm. Jonah became the scapegoat, the sacrificial animal who had to go for them to have peace.

Those guys respected Jonah the Hebrew, they revere his God and really wished there was another way out but they eventually threw the prophet overboard.

Beloved, it doesn’t matter how much men love you, when the chips are down, they can throw you under the bus. Those guys cried, felt bad, carried out sacrifices, begged and prayed to God but they eventually threw him out!

You must be careful with your choice of travellers, when challenges of life becomes sore, the people around you can sacrifice you as long as they will survive. When men tells you that, “We are in this together”, be careful.

Jesus told Peter that he will deny him, he refuted it but we know how the story ended. Peter didn’t just deny him, he did it thrice!

John 18:26 “One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him?”

John 18:27 “Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.”

Peter cut off a guy’s ear when they came to arrest Jesus and when the guy eventually identified him, he denied it blatantly.

This was the same Peter that earlier told Jesus that:

To be continued…

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