Sunday October 04, 2015Jonah 1:1-3 – The 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.” 3 But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD.

The good news: grace has been shown to you through the Word. The bad news: The Word will often ask us to show grace in ways we do not want to do. Delayed obedience is really disobedience. You can always find an excuse to go in the opposite direction. God may send a storm to stop you in your tracks. The Lord provides exactly you what you need. – Dwayne Terry

 

Jonah Faces The Fish

The Reluctant Grace-Giver, Part 01

Jonah 1:1-3The 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.” 3 But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD.

Jonah – dove, or the peaceful one

Amittai – truth

The Good News and The Bad News of Grace

Jonah 1:1The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai

  • The good news: grace has been shown to you through the Word.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

  • The bad news: The Word will often ask us to show grace in ways we do not want to do.

Jonah 1:2“Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”

The Response of “a Jonah”

  • Delayed obedience is really disobedience.
  • You can always find an excuse to go in the opposite

Jonah 1:3But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD.

 The Response of God

  • God may send a storm to stop you in your tracks.

Jonah 1:4 Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.

Jonah 1:9-10 – He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” 10 This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the LORD, because he had already told them so.)

Jonah 1:12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”

  • The Lord provides exactly you what you need.

Jonah 1:15-17 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. 16 At this the men greatly feared the LORD, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows to him. 17 Now the LORD provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights