Summary: Jonah Called of God
JONAH 1:1-3 Jonah Called of God I. THE COMING . . . OF THE CALL OF GOD. v 1 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, A. This is a . . . PREEMPTIVE CALL. "The word of the \Lord\ came. . ." Matthew 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (a) We Must Respect the Word Rom. 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. There is - Pardon In The Word John 3:16, Peace In The Word Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith. Purity In The Word HOLINESS TO THE LORD Power In The Word Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Purpose In The Word 2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (b) We Must Respond To the Word Because It Is :- A Divine Word Hebrews 12:25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: A Direct Word Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah 1 Samuel 3:9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. A Decisive Word John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Our Response to his word determines his response to our eternal destiny (c) We Must Revere the Word Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. B. This is a . . . PERSONAL CALL. " to Jonah the son of Amittai saying,. . ." John 11:28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: Matthew 27:22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. C. This is a . . . PRACTICAL CALL." to Jonah the son of Amittai saying,. . ." There's always something He wants you to do.
II. THE CLARITY . . . OF THE CALL OF GOD. v 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. A. The ... WHERE Of The Call Is Clear. "Arise, go to Nineveh the great city."
Absolute, imperative final, arise and go are imperatives
Gen 10:11 Out of that land went forth Asshur(Noah's second son), and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah, 1) capital of the ancient kingdom of Assyria; located on the east bank of the Tigris river, 550 miles, from its mouth and 250 miles, north of Babylon B. The ... WHAT Of The Call Is Clear. ". . . and cry against it, . . . "
This word "CRY" 8 times in Jonah, 5 different ways to proclaim the message of God
Translated "CRY" in KJV Jonah 1:6 call
Jonah 3:2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach:
Jonah 3:4 and he cried:, and said, Yet forty days,
Jonah 3:5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed
Jonah 3:8 cry: mightily unto God: C. The ... WHY Of The Call Is Clear. " wickedness has come up before Me."
Genesis 18:17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; 20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; 21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. D. The ... WHEN Of The Call Is Clear. v 2 Arise, go to Nineveh NOW III. THE . . CONTRADICTION To The CALL Of GOD. v 3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, A. The Contradiction In ... PERSPECTIVE. "But . . . "