Sunday October 18, 2015Jonah 3:6-10 – When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. 7 This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8 But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” 10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

The Follow-Through: Learn the lessons, Obey urgently, & Keep Moving.
The Message: Understand that time is short, Do not put any limitations on what God can do, & Embrace humility.

Dwayne Terry

When Grace-Receivers Become Grace-Givers

Jonah, The Reluctant Grace-Giver, Part 03

Jonah 1:1-2The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”

The Follow-Through

  • Learn the lessons.

Jonah 3:1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:

Sheniy [shay-nee’] a second time, again

  • Obey urgently.

Jonah 3:2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”

Quwm [koom] arise, stand up

Halak [Ha-lahk’] – Go

Jonah 3:3 Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it.

  • Keep

Jonah 3:4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city …

Chalal [hka-lale’] – to begin, to pierce through

The Message

  • Understand that time is short.

Jonah 3:4 … proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”

  • Do not put any limitations on what God can do.

Jonah 3:5 The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

  • Embrace humility.

Jonah 3:6-10 When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. 7 This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8 But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” 10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.