The reluctant Missionary

A Hebrew prophet, son of Amittai
who is sent by God to prophesy
the destruction of Nineveh for their
wickedness. Jonah tries to escape
the divine mission and leaves on a
ship to Tarshish.

Jonah flees to Tarshish

But the LORD sent out a great wind
into the sea, and there was a mighty
tempest in the sea, so that the ship
was like to be broken...

So they took up Jonah, once the
mariners realized Jonah was afraid
of his God and was the cause of their
dilemma, they cast him forth into the sea; 
 and it ceased from her raging.

Now the LORD had prepared a great
fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah
was in the belly of  the fish three days
and three nights.

Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD 
God out of the fish's belly,
the belly of hell he cried...
When my soul fainted within me I
remembered the LORD: and my
prayer came in unto thee, into thine
holy temple.

Jonah cast forth from the fish

And the Lord spake unto the fish,
and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
 Salvation is from the LORD.

And the word of the LORD came
unto Jonah the second time, saying,
Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great
city, and preach unto it the preaching
 that I bid thee. He did as the LORD
Jonah 3:1
Jonah preaching in Nineveh
So the people of Nineveh repented
 and believed God and called unto him.
God repented of the evil, that
 he had said that he would do ...
Salvation is from the LORD.

But it displeased Jonah for he was
bigoted and selfish and complained
 to the LORD.  Jonah 4:2,3
Divine mercy and rebuke of
the prophet...

The peril of running away from duty.
The temptation to selfish patriotism
and religious bigotry.
The divine employment of imperfect
as channels of truth.
The wideness of God's mercy...

Jonah part II

 Jonah waiting for Nineveh's Destruction

Why was Jonah displeased the
 Ninevites repented?

There are several possible reasons for
Jonah's desire to see Nineveh destroyed.
 First, Nineveh was the capital city of Assyria,
a ruthless and warlike people who were
 enemies of Israel. Ninevehís destruction
would have been seen as a victory for Israel.
 Second, Jonah probably wanted to see
 Ninevehís downfall to satisfy his own sense
 of justice. After all, Nineveh deserved
Godís judgment. Third, Godís withholding
 of judgment from Nineveh could have made
Jonahís words appear illegitimate, since
 he had predicted the cityís destruction.

What lesson did God want to teach Jonah
in the story of the gourd and the worm?

But the Lord is also working with Jonah
 trying to get him to see the value of
 every soul, not just the Israelites. That
is where the Gourd and the Worm come in. 
Jonah is depressed and miserable due
 the the fact that the city would not be destroyed.
  He had prophesied doom and destruction
 in the name of the Lord, but due
 to repentance it wasnít going to happen.
Jonah is angry, so the Lord
 tried to teach him. The Lord provided a
 gourd or plant that protected Jonah. 
The next day he sent in a worm which
 destroyed the gourd leaving Jonah
open to the elements. When Jonah adds
 that to his list of complaints the Lord

 uses it as a teaching moment.

The Lord said "Doest thou well to be angry ?
Jonah 4:4
Do I well to be angry at the mercy of God
 to repenting sinners ?That was Jonah's crime.
Let the conversion of sinners, which is the joy
of heaven, be our joy, and never our grief.
We can ask ourselves: Do I well to be so soon
 angry, so long angy and to give others ill
 language in my anger.
(Matthew Henry).

The Lords states that Jonah mourns the
loss of the Gourd which came up in a day
and was lost in a dayĖa nothing and trivial thing.
 Yet the city of Nineveh had sixscore thousand
 people (Jonah 4:11) who didnít know any better
 and Jonah thinks their preservation is a bad thing?
 By so doing, the Lord is showing Jonah that
 his priorities are a not appropriate.

Tought a lesson of the breadth of the Divine Love.

We do well to be angry at sin, because of the
wrong which it commits against our good and
gracious God; or with ourselves because we
remain so foolish after so much divine instruction
or with others when the sole cause of anger is the
evil which they do. He who is not angry becomes a
partaker in it. Far more frequently it is to be
feared that our anger is not commendable
or even justifiable, and then we must answer, "No"
why should we be fretful with children, passionate
with servants, and wrathfull with companions?
Is such anger honourable to our Christian
profession, of glorifying to God? Is it not the old
evil heart seeking to gain dominion, and should
 we not resist it with all the might of our newforn nature?
Many professors give way to temper as though
 it were useless to attempt resistance; but let the
believer remember that he must be a conqueror in
 every point, or else he cannot be crowned.
(Charles Spurgeon).



Wonderful love that rescued me, sunk deep in sin,
Guilty and vile as I could beóno hope within;
When every ray of light had fled, O glorious day!
Raising my soul from out the dead, love found a way.
Love found a way, to redeem my soul,
Love found a way, that could make me whole.
Love sent my Lord to the cross of shame,
Love found a way, O praise His holy name!
Love brought my Savior here to die on Calvary,
For such a sinful wretch as I, how can it be?
Love bridged the gulf ítwixt me and Heavín, taught me to pray,
I am redeemed, set free, forgivín, love found a way.
Love opened wide the gates of light to Heavínís domain,
Where in eternal power and might Jesus shall reign.
Love lifted me from depths of woe to endless day,
There was no help in earth below; love found a way.

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