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Summary: In this setting, we have a runner. What caused this man to run? Was it the lack of self-confidence? Was it was sin? Its difficult to obey God when practicing sin.

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HE PAID THE FARE

1 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

There is something about the presence of the Lord. People will respond one of two ways in His presence. They will either see the benefit and run to Him or consider the costs and run from Him.

So in our setting this morning, we have a runner.

What caused this man to run?

Was it the lack of self-confidence?

Moses tried this excuse with God’s command to go to Pharaoh.

Elijah tried this excuse with God’s command to go and give a message to Ahab.

Ananias tried this excuse with God’s command to go and pray for Saul of Tarsus/Paul.

So, God will not accept lack of self-confidence as an excuse not to serve and obey Him.

What made him run?

Maybe it was sin. Its difficult to obey God when practicing sin.

Was it an unforgiving spirit? (Maybe he was done dirty by a spouse, family member, or someone in church.)

Was it a habit out of control? (Which he felt disqualified him?)

Was it hypocrisy? (Its hard to tell someone to live for God when you are not faithful.)

So, you run.

Ps 139:7-12 David said;

7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

You can run, but you can’t hide.

3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

One downward motion leads to another.

When God calls to a sinner’s heart, and if they will take note, they will usually discover that their life is on a downward slide. Drunkenness, drugs, pornography, marital problems, etc.

And, when you are running from God’s tug on your heart, you are running down hill to destruction.

4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

Now God is beginning to work on Jonah’s behalf. God is going to channel his life in the right direction, just as He has ours. God’s a great attention getter.

5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.


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