Summary: A sermon on Jonah 1 about defiance against the will of God

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Jonah’s Defiance

Jonah 1


My son and I were bass fishing in a boat on the Kanawha River in West Virginia, when I hooked a really big bass. My line got snarled on my casting reel, and I didn’t have a lot of extra line to let out. When the big bass hit the end of the free line, he was so big and had such strength, that he started pulling me out of the boat. I yelled for my son to help me, and just as I was about to go completely into the river, he grabbed my leg and pulled it about as hard as I’m pulling yours right now.

Jack Brannon


A. There are two reasons why fishing can be dangerous to ones spiritual life.

1. The lying.

2. Running away from God.

B. Let me tell you a true tale. A man tries to get away from it all, to run away from God’s will, and he ends up not fishing but getting swallowed by a fish.

Thesis: Let’s look at Jonah’s defiance, Jonah’s defeat and Jonah being devoured.

Scripture text: Jonah 1 (Read it now)

For instances:

1. His defiance. Vs. 1-3

A. Nineveh- The leading city of the Assyrian empire.

B. Tarshish- A city founded by the Phoenicians on the east coast of modern day Spain. The Phoenicians were sea fearing people and were big into trade.

C. Nineveh and Tarshish were thousands of miles apart.

D. This is more than disobedience, it is defiance. Defiance is a bold resistance to an opposing authority; intentionally provocative behavior or attitude.

E. From the presence of the Lord. How foolish? (Psa 139:7 NIV) Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? (Psa 139:8 NIV) If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

F. However, people try it all of the time. Avoid at all costs church or anything that reminds them of God.

G. He was fleeing so that he would not have to be the Lord’s minister and servant. The Lord gives us free will to do this.

H. Jonah was a prophet of the Lord. How do we know this? (2 Ki 14:24 NIV) He did evil in the eyes of the LORD and did not turn away from any of the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit. (2 Ki 14:25 NIV) He was the one who restored the boundaries of Israel from Lebo Hamath to the Sea of the Arabah, in accordance with the word of the LORD, the God of Israel, spoken through his servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath Hepher.

I. He evidently was a faithful prophet up until this point.

J. He was open to doing what God told him. Finding the will of the Lord and doing it.

K. How can we know the will of the Lord?

1. The will of the Lord is for everyone to be saved, make Jesus Christ your Savior.

a. God wants all men to be saved, to come to a knowledge of the truth.

b. Believe

c. Repent

d. Confess

e. Be baptized.

2. The will of the Lord is for everyone to live for Jesus, make Jesus Christ your Master, your Lord.

a. Pray and meditate on his Word.

b. Stop sinning.

c. Help others, give, use our talents and gifts to help the church and others.

d. Spend time with others. Make friends of God’s children.

e. Share the message of the gospel.

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