Sunday October 25, 2015Jonah 4:8b-9 – Jonah wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.” 9 But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” “It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”

The Big Picture: Bad attitudes lead to bad conclusions. Bad conclusions lead to bad habits. Bad habits cause us to repeat the process.

Life Lessons from Jonah: Recognize when circumstances are not simply unconnected, separate events. Ask the question: what has God provided for me?

Dwayne Terry

The Big Picture

Jonah, Reluctant Grace-Giver, Part 04

  • Bad attitudes lead to bad conclusions.

Jonah 4:1- But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry.

Ra’a’ [Rah-a’] – very wrong, displeased, evil

Charah [hka-rah’] – anger, to burn with fire

Jonah 4:2-3 He prayed to the LORD, “Isn’t this what I said, LORD, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 3 Now, LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”

  • Bad conclusions lead to bad habits.

Jonah 4:4-5 But the LORD replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?” 5 Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city.

  • Bad habits cause us to repeat the process.

Jonah 4:5b There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city.

 

Life Lessons From Jonah

  • Recognize when circumstances are not simply unconnected, separate

Jonah 4:6-8 Then the LORD God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant. 7 But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint.

Jonah 1:17Now the LORD provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Manah [mah-nah’]– to provide, to allot, to assign, to appoint

Jonah 4:8b-9 – He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.” 9 But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” “It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”

  • Ask the question: what has God provided for me?

Jonah 4:10-11 But the LORD said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left–and also many animals?”