Alias Micky Dolenz
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When it is discovered that Micky bears an uncanny resemblance to Babyface Morales, a vicious killer currently behind bars, the police ask him to help apprehend his double’s gang and recover some stolen jewelry. At first, Micky refuses. However, when Babyface’s enemies attempt to take Micky’s life in a drive-by shooting, Micky quickly changes his mind. Rushing back into the police station, he asks the chief, "When do we start?"

Much the same thing happened with Jonah. God commanded him to go to Nineveh and prophesy the imminent destruction of the city. Jonah peevishly decided to go in exactly the opposite direction—to Tarshish, in southwestern Spain. God got his attention by nearly swamping the boat in a storm and, when Jonah told the sailors the storm would stop when they threw him overboard, provided a safe haven from drowning in the stomach of a fish. Jonah promptly got the message and repented. After three days, the fish vomited its human visitor on the beach, and Jonah left at once for Nineveh (Jonah 1-3:3).

The message in both stories is clear: When God asks you to do something, you’d better do it. You can run, but you can’t hide. (See Psalm 139:7-12.)

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