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Summary: Who’s responsible for revival?

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Ninevah or Jonah?

Jonah 1

INTRO: Eventually ask 2 important questions.

1. How we answer will dictate our fellowship with God, &

effect our future rewards

2. See God’s Call on Jonah’s life to go reach out to those in

Ninevah

I. Ninevah’s Predicament

A. Ninevah the Capital of Assyria, Israel’s Enemy 752-793 BC

1. Located what is now NE Iraq

a. though many things have changed a lot of things haven’t

2. People in Need of God

a. 4:11 ignorant helpless childish people, children 120,000

probably 1million pop takes 3 days to cover it 3:3

b. History records them as extremely cruel, evil, wicked &

idolatrous people

1. Made living off of raiding other nations & people

2. Wipe a town or country out & would not make a colony,

a. Just take the captives they want, kill the rest

b. For fun they would skin people alive, impale people on poles &

leave on city walls as a sign to enemies

c. If any people, culture, nation needed God in their life it is

the people of Assyria

3. Their wickedness is known to ALL

a. Specially to God

1. Nobody had to point it out, God isn’t blind to sin not ignorant to it

a. He hates it, it is abominable to Him He despises it. abhor

2. Not just a matter His Justice, but His Love & Mercy

a. God wants these people spared, saved

b. When God wants people saved, hopeless people have Hope

b. Their Wickedness is known to Jonah and Israel also

II. Jonah’s Predicament

A. Called of God to do something he doesn’t want to do

1. Why does he not want to do?

a. v9 fear God NOT Does Jonah fear God yet disobeys God

so blatantly? not enough fear

b. Hate Assyria? is He a Bigot? Possibly raciest prejudices

1. Don’t like those people, think they are inferior?

a. Nothing new to the Jewish mind, see that in NT

b. Gentiles = Dogs, Unworthy, Doesn’t care if God says otherwise

c. Patriot? Isaiah 7:17-20 prophesied

1. Assyria’s destruction of Israel

2. He loves Israel too much, maybe more than God

3. If God allows Assyria to live, then sometime in the future Israel

will be destroyed by them

4. His Patriotic feelings for Israel’s would rather see Ninevah

destroyed than Israel

2. What a conflict of heart

3. But it still comes down to Jonah’s will vs. God’s will

a. God has a message of Hope for Ninevah

4. History tells us of Jonah’s reluctant obedience after a ride

in a fish

a. Also tells us that Ninevah repentented

5. Sadly for whatever reason, Is. Prohecy also came to pass

a. It is the Assyrians who destroy the 10 Northern tribes of

Israel & we no-longer know of there whereabouts

b. Either through back-slidden conditions, or a lack of

growth they reverted back to their old sinful ways

6. But what about this generation in Ninevah?

a. What about Jonah’s responsibility to them, & His response

to God?

7. That generation was spared, delivered from God’s judgment

& punishment because of Jonah’s reluctant preaching

8. Relate to us today

III. Our world & our Predicament as Christians

A. Our World. Society’s Situation

1. We can talk about Iraq & the war & all the lives paying the

price to stop terrorism

a. Can dwell upon the U.S. responsibilities to save the world


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