“The Value of Human Life”
Most of you reading this know the account of Jonah.
If not, read the whole book, it does not take long.
A summation: the Lord God wanted Jonah to go to a big city named Nineveh. He was to warn the people to turn their back on their evil living and repent.
Jonah goes away for Nineveh as a passenger on a boat. A great storm comes up, Jonah is thrown into the sea and swallowed whole by a large fish.
The fish takes Jonah to Nineveh, spits him out on the ground. Jonah preachers, the people listen and turn their back on their evil lifestyles and pray that the Lord will have mercy on them. The Lord doesn’t destroy Nineveh and now Jonah is mad.
Please read the following verses.
1 But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry.
2 He prayed to the Lord, “O Lord, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.
3 Now, O Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
4 But the Lord replied, “Have you any right to be angry?”
5 Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city.
There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city.
6 Then the Lord God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine.
7 But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered.
8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”
9 But God said to Jonah, “Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?”
“I do,” he said. “I am angry enough to die.”
10 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.
11 But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?”
What is the worth of 120 000 people?
What is the worth if one person.
In today’s world, the life of an unborn child, the life of an older adult are not worth much.
Unborn children are aborted and older people are put away into nursing homes and some have their doctors give them medications that kill them. (physician aided suicide)
I am not saying, we don’t ever take our loved ones to nursing homes, but I can tell you that some families do this and hardly ever visit their loved ones anymore.
When we think about the value of human life, go to Jonah 4 and see what the Lord God thinks of human life.
The whole Bible is a historical, Godly document that shows what He thinks of humankind. Read it, study it and live it. God loved us enough to die for us.