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“Jonah – Running from God”
Jonah 1:1-17 and Selected, Part 1 of 3
• An old familiar book packed with gems of truth for us today
• Not simply a book about a great fish (4 times)
• Not simply a book about a great city (9 times)
• Not simply a book about a disobedient prophet (18 times)
• It’s a book about God (38 times) in 4 short chapters
• It’s about the will of God and how we respond to it
• It’s about the love of God and how we share it with others
• Jonah was a prophet of God in Israel (2Kings 14:25)
1. God’s Call and Command to Jonah
Jonah 1:1-2 1 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."
What is God saying today?
2. Jonah’s Decision to run from God in disobedience
Jonah 1:3 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.
Are Christians running from God?
3. Disobedience to God’s will brings “out of control” Trials
Jonah 1:4-6 4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. 5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. 6 The captain went to him and said, "How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us, and we will not perish."
Signs of doing my will…
• Lack of discernment
4. God Ultimately Exposes: Who is Responsible?
Jonah 1:7-12 7 Then the sailors said to each other, "Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity." They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 So they asked him, "Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?" 9 He answered, "I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the 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.) 11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, "What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?" 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."
Seven Probing Questions for us…
5. God’s Supernatural Intervention
Jonah 1:13-17 13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. 14 Then they cried to the Lord, "O Lord, please do not let us die for taking this man's life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, O Lord, have done as you pleased." 15 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
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