Contributed on Feb 13, 2019
God spoke to Jonah, calling him to go and cry against Nineveh. Foolishly, Jonah thought he could flee the presence of God. However, God intended for Nineveh to hear a warning, and He intended Jonah to deliver that warning. It is futile to try and flee God's presence!
A Futile Effort Jonah 1: 1-10 Having considered the introduction for Jonah, I want to remind us of the major theme of the book. Most tend to focus solely on Jonah’s miraculous deliverance from the belly of the great fish, but that is just one scene from this account in Scripture. In fact, that ...read more
Contributed on Feb 27, 2019
Knowing Jonah was the reason for the storm the faced, the mariners continued to do all they could to spare Jonah from being thrown into the sea. Little did they know that God had a greater plan!
At the Mercy of the Sea Jonah 1: 11-16 As we continue to move through the book of Jonah, I want to remind us of the powerful theme presented – the sovereignty of God in pursuing men unto Himself. Jonah had been called of God to preach a message of repentance to the Ninevites, and he chose to flee ...read more
Contributed on Mar 10, 2019
As Jonah found himself in the belly of a great fish, within the depths of the sea, he began to realize the sovereignty of God and his great need for Him. In his desperation, he cried out unto the Lord.
Prayers from the Deep (Part 1) Jonah 1:17 – 2:10 We have come to the most familiar portion of the book of Jonah. Most people, even with limited exposure to the Bible, have heard the story of Jonah and the whale. While I will admit that was a miraculous event, it is not the focus of the book. We ...read more
Contributed on Mar 13, 2019
Like the prodigal son, Jonah came to himself in his moment of despair. He cried out unto the Lord, desiring renewed fellowship with Him. Seeking to flee the Lord's presence cannot delay the inevitable.
Prayers from the Deep (Part 2) Jonah 1:17 – 2:10 In our last study we began the most familiar portion within the book of Jonah – his being swallowed by the great fish. Again, I want to emphasize the dominant theme conveyed throughout the book – the absolute sovereignty of God in all His dealings, ...read more
Contributed on Mar 20, 2019
After Jonah survived being swallowed by a great fish, God graciously came to him a second time revealing His plan for Nineveh. God could have abandoned Jonah for his disobedience, and yet He was patient and faithful.
Sovereign Grace in Nineveh (Part 1) Jonah 3: 1-10 The harrowing ordeal for Jonah, being within the belly of the great fish for three days, had finally ended. He found himself alive and well, standing on dry ground. Following his miraculous deliverance, Jonah was again confronted by the Lord. He ...read more
Contributed on Mar 27, 2019
One of the most beautiful pictures of grace and repentance toward God is found in Jonah chapter three. Jonah preached a message of impending judgment; the people repented, and God extended mercy and grace.
Sovereign Grace in Nineveh (Part 2) Jonah 3: 1-10 Following his harrowing ordeal within the belly of the great fish, Jonah experienced the unrivaled grace of God. The Lord could have punished Jonah for his disobedience and refused to use him further in ministry. (Jonah may have been temporarily ...read more
Contributed on Apr 3, 2019
It is sad when someone gets to a place in life where the misery of others brings satisfaction. Rather than desiring repentance and restoration, a desire to see judgment can outweigh compassion.
The Pouting Prophet Jonah 4: 1-11 We have discovered an interesting journey while studying the book of Jonah. The prophet’s life was filled with several twists and turns after hearing the call to go to Nineveh. Initially making the decision to flee from God, Jonah soon discovered such an endeavor ...read more