This week Ben Fleming takes us on a journey through this final strange chapter of Jonah, as we see Jonah’s continued anger, yet God’s amazing grace and compassion.
This week we continue our study in the book of Jonah as we move on to chapter 3. Jonah keeps his vow, made in the belly of the fish and takes God’s message to Nineveh, sort of. There’s something “fishy” about his message. It’s the shortest sermon ever, makes no mention of God … and yet the people of Nineveh SHUB (turn) from their former beliefs, and turn to a new belief in God.
After a two week hiatus due to Hurricane Irma, this week we resume our study in the book of Jonah, taking a look at this whale of a prayer by Jonah in Chapter 2. Jonah finds himself in that place. He has no other resources. He’s reached the end of himself. It’s either GOD or DEATH. Jonah finally surrenders.
Last week we left Jonah running in the opposite direction of the people God told him to deliver HIS message to in Nineveh. But we can’t outrun God and HIS plans! Tonight in Jonah 1:4-17 we learn how we can’t escape through Apathy or our own Efforts, but we need to Surrender and trust God’s plans–even when we don’t understand.
Jonah was a prophet of God, responsible for bringing God’s message to the people. The word of the Lord comes to Jonah in the first verse of the book, BUT Jonah isn’t too thrilled with the message God wants him to deliver to Israel’s enemies in Nineveh. Bring a message of redemption to his enemies? No Way–Jonah decides to run away from God AND His message. We might be tempted to laugh at Jonah’s silliness–trying to outrun God–until we realize that “We Are Jonah”. Who is your “Nineveh”? Are you willing to bring them the message a love, instead of continuing in your hate?