Summary: Despite the fact that we do not deserve it, and cannot earn it, God bestows His amazing grace upon us.
Submarine Of Grace
Text: Jonah 1:17-2:10
1. Illustration: You ever watch those shows about these submarines that go down 2 and a half miles to the wreck of the Titanic? That’s one thing that I think I could never do. To be crammed into a machine not much bigger than a telephone booth with 2 other guys, 2 miles below the surface of the water, with the incredible pressure of that water just trying to squish the vessel. Well, let’s say that you were down there, and you just couldn’t take it anymore. You were going nuts, and you said, "I have to get out of here!" Opening the hatch would be about the stupidest thing you could do. Yeah, you might get out of the sub, but you’d be crushed by the water before you got the chance to drown. The apparent captivity of the submarine actually gives you freedom. That confinement preserves your life. And it’s the exact same thing when we talk about Christian living. Living the way that God wants you to might seem restricting, but it’s sure a lot better than the alternative.
2. Jonah's submarine protected him too. It kept him from going to a watery grave. His submarine was sent by God, and was a submarine of grace.
3. Jonah's submarine was...
a. Sent by divine appointment
b. It was a help in time of need
c. It was given to him as unmerited favor
d. And it caused him to have a renewed commitment
1. Please stand as we read Jonah 1:17-2:10
Proposition: Despite the fact that we do not deserve it, and cannot earn it, God bestows His amazing grace upon us.
Transition: Jonah's submarine came by...
I. Divine Appointment (1:17).
A. Lord Had Arranged
1. Once Jonah discovered that trying to run from God was a really bad idea, he discovered that the Lord was not done with him yet.
2. As you recall, the only way to escape the entire ship being capsized in the tremendous storm, caused by Jonah's rebellion, was for the sailors to throw Jonah into the sea.
a. As soon as they did the sea became calm and they were safe.
b. However, Jonah's trouble was just beginning. The storm may have subsided but Jonah was still in the middle of the sea without a boat, an oar, or a sail. Not to mention he didn't have Wilson there to keep him company:)
c. But his drowning still was going to accomplish the mission that God had given to him.
3. So what is the Lord going to do. In v. 17 we read, "Now the LORD had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah..."
a. The word translated "prepared" means "special assignment," or "ordain."
b. This word is used by all non-human agents provided by God to bring Jonah back to his calling.
c. Furthermore, the fish is evidence of God's incredible mercy and grace. Jonah had rebelled against God's call, and God had to go to extraordinary measures to get Jonah's attention.
d. Now He goes to extraordinary measures to save Jonah from himself.
e. It just goes to show us the lengths to which the Lord will go to extend His love and forgiveness to us even when we are rebelling against Him (Bruckner, 56).