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“That Skimming Torpedo!” Jonah 4: 1-11 Key verse(s): 1: “But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry.”



Jealousy is different in another way. It is the one anger emotion that can be launched with a smiling face. We tend to put a lot of planning into it before we launch it. There is satisfaction in it even before we see it reach its mark. There’s the old story of the two shopkeepers who were bitter rivals.


Their stores were directly across the street from each other, and they would spend each day keeping track of each other’s business. If one got a customer, he would smile in triumph at his rival. Day and night they taunted each other as each strove to outdo the other. Pretty soon it got to be more than a game, it became a match in jealous hatred and anger. One night an angel appeared to one of the shopkeepers in a dream and said, “I will give you anything you ask, but whatever you receive, your competitor will receive twice as much. Would you be rich? You can be very rich, but he will be twice as wealthy. Do you wish to live a long and healthy life? You can, but his life will be longer and healthier. What is your desire?” The man frowned, thought for a moment, and then said, “Here is my request: Strike me blind in one eye!”

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