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Sermon on Jonah

David McIver

on 10 June 2013

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Transcript of Jonah

(1) Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
(2) "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me."
(3) But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the LORD. Jonah 1:1-3 Why did Jonah run? Shalmaneser III The tribute of Jehu, son of Omri. Silver, gold, a golden bowl, a golden vase .... Called by God Runs from his calling Judged and saved by a "great fish" Reluctantly obeys God Preaches destruction to Nineveh The people of Nineveh repent!! He is really unimpressed And thinks this is OK God points out character flaws Outline Why did God choose Jonah? Says a prayer 1:1 1:3 1:17 2:1 3:3 3:4 3:8 4:1 4:9 4:10 Any similarities? (4) But the LORD hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up.
(5) Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep.
(6) So the captain came and said to him, "What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call out to your god! Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish." Jonah 1:3-6 (7) And they said to one another, "Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us." So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.
(8) Then they said to him, "Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?"
(9) And he said to them, "I am a Hebrew, and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land."
(10) Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, "What is this that you have done!" For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them. Jonah 1:7-10 (11) Then they said to him, "What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?" For the sea grew more and more tempestuous.
(12) He said to them, "Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you."
(13) Nevertheless, the men rowed hard to get back to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them.
(14) Therefore they called out to the LORD, "O LORD, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not on us innocent blood, for you, O LORD, have done as it pleased you." Jonah 1:11-14 The Uluburun Shipwreck Nice words, wrong heart V2: Psalms 118:5; 120:1
V3: Psalm 42:7
V4: Psalm 31:22
V5: Psalms 18:4 & 69:1
V6: Psalms 30:3 & 103:4
V7: Psalm 142:3
V8: Psalm 37:1 Pagans can't look upon your temple or enter it
You are not their God
Assyria has no "conventant relationship" with you
You should be blessing your people (V9 - see Ps 3:8) Jonah doesn't "cry out"! How are we doing? "When I listened to public prayers in evangelical churches, I heard people telling God what to do, combined with thinly veiled hints on how others should behave."
Philip Yancey, c. 2006 "The friends who were reputed to be 'gifted' indulged themselves in public prayer with a review of their own experience ... or even a criticism upon the Pastor and his sermons."
Charles Spurgeon, c. 1870 In my distress I called to the LORD,
and he answered me.
Psalm 120:1

I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and he answered me.
Jonah 2:2 (a) (1) Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying,
(2) "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you."
(3) So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days' journey in breadth.
(4) Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he called out, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!" Jonah 3:1-4 Change Service Sanctification Prayer Glory (5) And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.
(6) The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. Jonah 3:5-6 (1) But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.
(2) And he prayed to the LORD and said, "O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster.
(3) Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live."
(4) And the LORD said, "Do you do well to be angry?" Jonah 4:1-4:4
(9) But God said to Jonah, "Do you do well to be angry for the plant?" And he said, "Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die."
(10) And the LORD said, "You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night.
(11) And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?" Jonah 4:9-11 (7) And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, "By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water,
(8) but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands.
(9) Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish." Jonah 3:7-9 (10) When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it. Jonah 3:10 Photo:Wikimedia Commons user Trounce Vibrant "prayer life"
Compassion for Nineveh and its people groups
A sense of "call" to minister abroad
Ability to follow instructions
Ability to receive correction Prophet to Nineveh YAHWEH seek a person to present his love to the people of Nineveh. Key criteria for this position are: Essential Desirable Willingness to relocate to Nineveh (I don't know if I have answers, but I have learnings) Why did God choose Jonah? He was God's appointed vessel at God's appointed time

God wanted to work in Jonah as much as through Jonah

There could be no doubt that the repentance of Nineveh as anything other than God's doing The Business of Church
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