The Bill of Rebellion

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 fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.” —Jonah 1:3

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the Prince of PreachersLet us begin to reckon up the bill! We are met at once with a heavy item. The man who makes the world his idol, and forgets God, has at once, at the start of his voyage, to pay down and place in a sinking fund, all hope of God’s favour and all expectation of the blessings which it brings. He cannot run contrary to God’s will and command, and then expect that God will be his friend and prosper his designs. If I set myself up in rebellion against heaven’s great King, I cannot suppose that he will make it his constant care to promote my interests, nor dare I dream that he will aid and abet me in my designs of evil. “With the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward” (Psalm 18:26), is the revelation of Scripture. “If ye walk contrary to me, I will walk contrary to you,” is the voice of the God of Sinai. The man throws down the gage of battle against the Lord, and his Creator will let him know that it is “Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker.”

Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday Morning, April 2, 1865
at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 11, Sermon No. 622
“Travelling Expenses on the Two Great Roads”


About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.

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