Summary: Part 2 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.
Rescuing the Mission-II—Jonah 1:4-17
God rescued His mission from Jonah’s obstinance.
A hampered mission can be rescued.
What can be done to rescue God’s mission from sin/worldly/human disruption/corruption/indulgence?
10 discoveries that can rescue God’s mission.
A hampered mission can be rescued thru Discovery of...
2. LIMITATION / Desperation(:5a)
3. PLIGHT of Others(:5b-6)
4—A hampered mission can be rescued/restored thru...
Discovery of SOURCE / Cause(:7)
:7—“And each man said to his mate, “Come, let us cast lots so we may learn on whose account this calamity has struck us.” So they cast lots & the lot fell on Jonah.”
“So we may learn”—Know the cause.
Answer the question “Why?”—presupposes a Cause & hints at a Purpose
Enormity & Circumstances of the storm dictated a supernatural cause.
—Our Actions produce consequences beyond ourselves & thus our ability to control.
Unwittingly affects/effects/involves/surrounds/comprehends others.
Christians have admitted personal sin is the CAUSE of God’s wrath & that Christ had to came to earth to die because of such. My Eternity depends upon that admission.
Josh. 7:4-5, 20-21—“So about three thousand men went up there from the people, but they fled before the men of Ai. And the men of Ai struck down about thirty-six men, for they chased them from before the gate as far as Shebarim, & struck them down on the descent; therefore the hearts of the people melted & became like water.”....“& Achan answered Joshua & said, “Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, & this is what I have done: “When I saw among the spoils a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, & a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them & took them. & there they are, hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent, with the silver under it.””
Mal. 2:8—to the corrupt Levites—“But you have departed from the way; You have caused many to stumble at the law. You have corrupted the covenant of Levi,” Says the LORD of hosts.”
1Kgs. 9:9—““Then they will answer, ‘Because they forsook the LORD their God, who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, & have embraced other gods, & worshiped them & served them; therefore the LORD has brought all this calamity on them.’””
Heb. 4:13—“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open & laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”
Rom. 4:3-8—“For what does the Scripture say? “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.” Now to the one who works, his wage is not reckoned as a favor, but as what is due. But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing upon the man to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works: “BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE LAWLESS DEEDS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN, AND WHOSE SINS HAVE BEEN COVERED. “BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOSE SIN THE LORD WILL NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT.”
Lk. 11:44—““Woe to you, scribes & Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like graves which are not seen, & the men who walk over them are not aware of them.””
Mat. 23:27-28—““Woe to you, scribes & Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones & all uncleanness. “Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy & lawlessness.”
Lk. 11:52—““Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, & those who were entering in you hindered.””
Mat. 23:13-15—““But woe to you, scribes & Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. “Woe to you, scribes & Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, & for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation. “Woe to you, scribes & Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land & sea to win one proselyte, & when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.”
Rom. 14:21—“It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak.”
1Cor. 10:32-33—“Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.”
*2Cor. 2:5—“But if anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved me, but all of you to some extent--not to be too severe.”