Summary: Because of Jonah’s rebellion and disobedience to God’s will, Jonah couldn’t see what God was asking him to see. Are you looking for what God wants you to look for or is your vision blurred by selfish disobedience?
(adapted from a message by Stuart Jones)
TEXT: JONAH 4:1-11
TITLE: “JONAH POUTS – GOD TEACHES”
OPEN: A. A five-year-old boy was having a difficult time being good. He didn’t want to do anything his
mother asked him to do, he was defiant toward her authority, and he just refused to cooperate with
his Mom in any way.
The mother became extremely frustrated and knew that disciplinary measures had to be taken.
She took the boy’s favorite little chair and sat in the corner of the living room. She placed the boy
in the chair and told him that he was not going to get out of that chair until learned how to behave.
Several times, the boy tried to get out of the chair but his mother would put him back right back
down on the seat of the chair. Finally realizing this tactic wasn’t going to work, the little boy
crossed his arms and sat and stared angrily at the wall in the corner.
His mother began to do some housework but was always where she could watch her son. He
knew she was watching and it made him even angrier. Finally, he blurted out, “I may be sitting
down on the outside but I’m standing up on the inside!”
B. Today, we reach the end of our series of messages called: “Discover Obedience: Jonah – Not Just
Another Big Fish Story”
1. In Chapt. One, God comes to Jonah and gives him the mission of declaring God’s pending
judgment on the city of Nineveh – capital of the Assyrian Empire
a. Even though Jonah has been a prophet of God, he know refuses to do what God wants him to
b. Instead of heading north and east to Nineveh, Jonah heads south and west toward Tarshish
c. Because of Jonah’s disobedience, God sends a fierce storm that frightens seasoned sailors
--They discover Jonah is the problem and after some prodding from Jonah, they throw him
2. In Chapt. Two, Jonah is on his way to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea
--He accurately describes what the bottom of the sea looks like
a. Jonah cries out to God
b. God sends a great fish to swallow Jonah
c. After three days and nights in the belly of the fish, Jonah has thought things over and decides
he’s ready to do what God has asked him to do
d. God has the fish pull up to a beach, and using the first automatic eject system, has the fish
vomit Jonah up onto dry land
3. In Chapt. Three, Jonah preaches in Nineveh and the Ninevites, from the servants to the king,
repent of their ways and God offers His mercy to the people of Nineveh
C. Jonah 4:1-12 – “But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. He prayed to the LORD, ‘O
LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to
Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in
love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better
for me to die than to live.’ But the LORD replied, ‘Have you any right to be angry?’
Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its
shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. Then the LORD God provided a vine and