Contributed on Jan 24, 2008
Jonah, called by God to preach for Him, chooses to runaway. His journey begins alright, but his ending is far different than his start
JONAH 1:1, 2 PARTICULAR PROPHET PROMISED PERSONAL PARISH I. PANORAMA: A. Parent. B. Potentate. C. Politics? II. POSITIVES: A. Person. B. Publication. C. Proof. II. PERSONAL: A. Privilege. B. Positive. C. Postscript. Jonah is one of those Bible ...read more
Contributed on Jan 31, 2008
Saying no to God was the start of a donward descent by the Prophet Jonah. God had called him for one specific place-but he said no and ran from God. He is typical of many who do likewise and as Jonah, all rebelious people pay a heavy price for their stubb
PROBLEM PROPHET’S PITIFUL PLIGHT I. PRONOUNCEMENT: A. Preach! B. Place. C. Portraiture. II. PROBLEMS: A. Particular. B. Perplexing. C. Painful. III. PERFORMANCE: A. Perceived. B. Postponed. C. Procured. God’s longsuffering is amazing. How many of us would ...read more
Contributed on Feb 7, 2008
Jonah refuses to follow God’s call and starts a steady downward trip away from the only One who could save him. He finds a city of escape; pays for his way of flight and winds up with the wrong crowd.
JONAH 1:3 CONTUMACIOUS CLERIC CIRCUMVENTS CLEAR COMPLIANCE I. CITY: A. Convenient. B. Cosmopolitan. C. Commercial. II. CRAFT: A. Costly. B. Construction. C. Connotation. III. CREDULITY: A. Company. B. Confident. C. Calamitous. If w one word could ...read more
Contributed on Feb 15, 2008
Jonah 1:3 and 4 present quite a contrast. In Verse three it is all "man" man flees from God, man sails the ship, man has no place for God. In verse four, the table is turned and it is all God. God seeks man; He sends the storm; and, in the end-God wins.
JONAH 1:4 CRAFTY CLERGYMAN CHALLENGES COMPASSIONATE CREATOR I. CRAFT: A. Course. B. Confidence. C. Credibility. II. CONTRAST: A. Creator. B. Concern. C. Control. III. CONSEQUENCES: A. Caldron. B. Consternation. C. Carrier. Jonah is safely on board the ...read more
Contributed on Feb 21, 2008
One man’s disobedience, affected so many innocnet people. Although Jonah gave up on his call from God-God did not give up on His call to Jonah and He waited until the right time, to get Jonah’s attention.
JONAH 1:5 SLEEPY SAILOR SCARES SEASONED SEAMEN I. STORM: A. Sudden. B. Similar. C. Savageness. II. SAILORS: A. Sinners. B. Struggling. C. Seeking. III. SLEEPER: A. Spent. B. Shadow. C. Squandering. The ship in which Jonah was sailing was never given a ...read more
Contributed on Feb 29, 2008
The piolt of the ship-a Bentile-goes to call upon a Jewish man to pray for him and for his crew. Not all of Jonah 1:6, can be viewed as true tyoes, yet there are enough of instances where we see Jonah, a type of the Church, is called to pray at the behest
JONAH 1: 6 PREOCCUPIED PASSENGER PROVOKES PILOT I. PERIL: A. Perishing. B. Punishment. C. Pariahs. II. PIOUS: A. Predicament. B. Prayer-less. C. Provoked. III. PILOT: A. Pattern. B. Piousness. C. Pleadings. The scene on board the ship carrying ...read more
Contributed on Mar 6, 2008
Ceasing their prayers, the frightened sailors took up a time honored ritual of casting lots. When the lots fell to Jonah, he knew he had to confess. He ran from God-but he could not run now: it was time for the truth.
JONAH 1:7 FLEEING FUGITIVE FACES FRIGHTENED FELLOWS I. FAILURE: A. Fates. B. Faith. C. Fanaticism. II. FINDINGS: A. Facts? B. Fortitude? C. Focus? III. FIXATION: A. Foreigner. B. Feelings. C. Forlornness. The scene before us in these first seven ...read more
Contributed on Mar 14, 2008
Jonah had run out of "wiggle room." He had run, slept, hid and remnained out of sight long enough. Now he stood before seasoned sailors who, in kindness and sympathy demanded an explanation from him.
JONAH 1:8 SIMPLE SAILORS SEEK SOLUTIONS I. SIMPLE-NESS: A. Superstitious. B. Sensible. C. Steady. II. SINCERITY: A. Seekers. B. Scrupulous. C. Sympathetic. III. SEASONED: A. Sagacity. B. Sensitivity. C. Saddened. The scene on the high Mediterranean Sea ...read more
Contributed on Apr 5, 2008
Jonah was a last forced to identify himself and in so doing made a confession about the God of the Hebrews. His confession in an audible voice aroused an Inner Voice which called him to return to the God he left in Israel.
JONAH 1:9 COWARDLY CONFESSION CAUSES CONSTERNATION I. HIS CONFESSION: A. Citizenship. B. Concept. C. Contrast. II. HIS CERTAINTY: A. Creator. B. Created. C. Controller. III. HIS CONTRITION: A. Cowardice. B. Cause. C. Conversion. Jonah was out of ...read more
Contributed on Apr 10, 2008
Once Jonah finished giving his testimony about the God of the Hebrews, the crew began asking more questions seeeking the "Why" of his leaving such a God as He described.
JONAH 1:10 DIRECT DIALOG DEMANDED DETAILS I. DISCREDIT: A. Divine. B. Director. C. Doctrine. II. DWELLING: A. Darkness. B. Danger. C. Disbelief. III. DELIVERANCE: A. Discovery. B. Departing. C. Determination. What would be the response to Jonah when ...read more
Contributed on Apr 13, 2008
The mariners of Jonah have much to teach we Christians on how to get along with others-even if they are impossible people.
JONAH 1:11 ABSENT ACRIMONY ALLEVIATES ANIMOSITY I. ADVERSITY: A. Accidental. B. Acrimonious. C. Acute. II. ATTITUDE: A. Amicable. B. Accommodating. C. Accountability. III. ADMIRABLE: A. Altruistic. B. Analytical. C. Acceptance. The mariners now pose ...read more
Contributed on May 3, 2008
Jonah makes a plea, Take me up....get me out of here, his solution to the terrible mess he made. This is true for today’s throwaway society. Yet, Jesus prayed similarly, "Take me up,", but He pled for our forgivness as He offered Himself.
JONAH 1:12 PLEADING PASSENGER/PURCHASED PARDON I. PERSONAL PLEA: A. Perceptive. B. Pathetic. C. Plausible. II. PETULANT PLEA: A. Paradoxical. B. Perfidious. C. Polarizing. III. PROTOTYPICAL PLEA: A. Pliable. B. Purchased. C. Progressive. In answer to ...read more
Contributed on Jun 12, 2008
The sailors sailing with Jonah-Gentiles-prayed for God’s forgiveness and His help and received both. They were the forerunners of we Gentiles who have accepted Christ as our Saviour.
JONAH 1:14 PRAYING PETITIONERS PURCHASE PARDON I. PETITIONERS: A. Peril. B. Plight. C. Precedent. II. PRAYER: A. Progressive. B. Pardon. C. Perceptive. III. PRONOUNCEMENTS: A. Praise. B. Prophesy. C. Pattern. What were the sailors to do now? They had ...read more