Summary: Part 1 of a 3-part sermon. God rescued His mission from/out of Jonah’s obstinance. Thus a hampered mission of God must be rescued from our obstinance/indulgences. But how can it be done? 10 discoveries that can rescue God’s mission.
A Hampered Mission requires...
RESCUING THE MISSION-I—Jonah 1:4-17
A—4 yr. old Zachary came screaming out of the bathroom to tell me he’d dropped his toothbrush in the toilet.
So I fished it out & threw it in the garbage.
Zachary stood there thinking for a moment, then ran to mom’s bathroom & came out with my toothbrush.
He held it up & said with a charming little smile, "We better throw this one out too then, ’cause it fell in the toilet a few days ago."
Zachary rescued his mother’s mission.
God must go to great lengths to rescue his mission as well.
God’s mission must be rescued from the pull of sin that so easily lures & sways us.
God rescued His mission from/out of Jonah’s obstinance.
A hampered mission of God must be rescued.
What can be done to rescue God’s mission from man’s obstinance/indulgences?
10 discoveries that can rescue God’s mission.
1—A hampered mission can be rescued/restored thru
Discovery of INTERVENTION(:4-5)
Explanation:(:4-5) Acts of God/Hand/Movement/Concern
:4—“But the LORD sent out a great wind on the sea, & there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up.”
“Sent/Hurled”—lwj tuwl tool—To hurl, cast; To throw, cast or cast out.
“Sea”—My—Sea—The Mediterranean here
“Break up”—rbv—Break in pieces/Shatter/Maimed/ Crippled/ Wrecked
God intervened for Israel to remove their bondage—Ex. 7-12—Rod to Serpent—Water to Blood—Frogs—Gnats—Pestilence—Boils—Hail—Locusts—Darkness—First-born
Ex. 9:35—“And Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, & he did not let the sons of Israel go, just as the LORD had spoken through Moses.”
Ps. 106:23-30—“Therefore He said that He would destroy them, Had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach, To turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them. Then they despised the pleasant land; They did not believe His word, But complained in their tents, And did not heed the voice of the LORD. Therefore He raised up His hand in an oath against them, To overthrow them in the wilderness, To overthrow their descendants among the nations, And to scatter them in the lands. They joined themselves also to Baal of Peor, And ate sacrifices made to the dead. Thus they provoked Him to anger with their deeds, And the plague broke out among them. Then Phinehas stood up & intervened, And the plague was stopped.”
Deut. 9:24-10:— ““You have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you. “Thus I prostrated myself before the LORD; forty days & forty nights I kept prostrating myself, because the LORD had said He would destroy you. “Therefore I prayed to the LORD, & said: ‘O Lord GOD, do not destroy Your people & Your inheritance whom You have redeemed through Your greatness, whom You have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand. ‘Remember Your servants, Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob; do not look on the stubbornness of this people, or on their wickedness or their sin, ‘lest the land from which You brought us should say, “Because the LORD was not able to bring them to the land which He promised them, & because He hated them, He has brought them out to kill them in the wilderness.” ‘Yet they are Your people & Your inheritance, whom You brought out by Your mighty power & by Your outstretched arm.’ “At that time the LORD said to me, ‘Hew for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, & come up to Me on the mountain & make yourself an ark of wood. ‘And I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke; & you shall put them in the ark.’”
Isa. 6:5-8—“So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, & said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.” Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.””
Mat. 18:15—“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go & tell him his fault between you & him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.”
Gal. 6:1—“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.”
Rev. 9:20-21—“And the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, & the idols of gold & of silver & of brass & of stone & of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; & they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.”