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What It Costs to Be Damned.

What It Costs to Be Damned.

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BY E. E. SHELHAMER


Text: "But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from
the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he
found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the tare there-
of, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish
from the presence of the Lord." Jonah 1:3.
BY E. E. SHELHAMER


Text: "But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from
the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he
found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the tare there-
of, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish
from the presence of the Lord." Jonah 1:3.

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What It Costs To Be Damned.BY E. E. SHELHAMER Text: "But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish fromthe presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and hefound a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the tare there-of, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshishfrom the presence of the Lord." Jonah 1:3.I am to preach to you tonight on the subject:"What it Costs to be Damned." You will noticethe text is taken from the book of Jonah. For thebenefit of the small minded skeptic, or the broadminded higher critic, let me diverge enough tosay that I believe the story of Jonah and the whale.Why ? First, because Jesus Christ believed it andreferred to it in Matt. 12:40. The story is au-thentic or Jesus Christ Himself was the greatestdeceiver the world ever saw. Secondly, I believethe story, because it is true to human nature.Every one of us has had a similar experience withJonah, only on a smaller scale. Thirdly, I be-lieve the account because from a physiologicalstandpoint it was a possibility. There has beena great deal of quibbling over the whale. Theysay his throat is too small to admit of a man.Well, what of it? The Book says, "ow the Lordhad prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah."Jesus called it a "whale." When God Almightyprepares to (Jo a thing, all He needs to do is speak the word and the thing is made to order.When in London we visited the Museum of 116And Sayings. 117
 
atural Science. Here we saw whales measuringup to sixty-nine feet in length, with each jaw-bone twenty feet long. Twenty-six tons of oiland twenty-six hundred pounds of whalebonewere taken from one. It was so large that sixor eight persons could enter at once. I steppedinside and with arms outstretched, could not touchits ribs, and my head did not reach its (backbone.Without doubt, a whale of such dimensionscould have held Jonah. The whale's diet consistsboth of small fish and enormous sea monsters. Oneof these was on exhibition here, called the "GiantSquid." It was a hideous looking creature withfeelers extending from every side. Its round bodywas nearly eleven feet long and its two tentaculararms were something like thirty-three feet. If the whale could swallow such a monster surely hecould take care of the disobedient prophet!otice that the account is explicit, for it saysthat this Jonah was the ".son of Amittai." Per-haps this was necessary in order to distinguishhim from the numerous other Jonahs everywherewho are disobeying the call of God.By referring to 2 Kings 14:25, we find thatJonah prophesied in the days of King Jereboam,and warned the king of approaching danger. owa little later God calls the same prophet to holda street meeting up and down Main street in in-eveh, a city of about 600,000 inhabitants. Thiswas quite a come down — for the prophet to walk and cry against that "great city" after havingbeen special adviser to King Jereboam. He evi-118 Heart Searching Sermons
 
dently must have been like some preachers today,who would rather preach to a lot of empty seatsthan to hold a street service and get down amongthe people. The result was he became self-cen-tered and important, but after he had the appli-cation of a sea-weed poultice (chap. 2:5), hishead became normal in size and he was ready toobey.As soon as he struck dry land he heard thevoice of God, "the second time, saying, Arise, gounto ineveh, that great city and preach untoit the preaching that I ibid thee." I gather fromthis statement the thought that God is unchange-able and what is once light is always light. If you ihad light and convictions ten years ago ontithing, fasting, plainness of dress, Sabbath ob-servance, etc., that light is binding upon you thesame today. It is not enough to say you havechanged your views and "look at things different-ly now." Perhaps you do and this may accountfor the fact that you have less fire, holy unctionand burden for souls than formerly. It was asad day when you laid aside your conscientiousscruples. We could get other lessons from thelife of Jonah, but we pass on now to the subjectin hand.otice the wording of the latter part of thetext: "So he paid the fare thereof," then "wentdown into it, to go with them unto Tarshish fromthe (presence of the Lord." Yes, when one startsaway from God he starts dmvnward, and he gen-erally goes with a crowd.And Sayings. 119

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