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Summary: Why God grants 2nd opportunities to wayward servants.

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THE SECOND TIME AROUND—Part II—Jonah 3:1-10

Jonah was given a second chance to bring about God’s desire in Nineveh.

God can use rescued servants to achieve His will among mankind.

What can be achieved thru a second chance?

5 reasons God grants extensions to wayward servants are...

1. Consignment’s Sake

2. Commission’s Sake

3. Awareness Sake

4. Acceptance’s Sake

5. Ease’s Sake

6—Extensions are granted to wayward servant’s for

AUTHORITY’S SAKE(:6-7a)

—Explanation:(:6-7a)

:6—“When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth, & sat on the ashes.

:7—“And he issued a proclamation & it said, “In Nineveh by the decree of the king & his nobles:...”

Rom. 13:1-4—“Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, & those which exist are established by God. Therefore he who resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; & they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good, & you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil.”

—Argumentation:

Ezek. 22:29-31—“The people of the land have practiced oppression & committed robbery, & they have wronged the poor & needy & have oppressed the sojourner without justice. “And I searched for a man among them who should build up the wall & stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. “Thus I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their way I have brought upon their heads,” declares the Lord GOD.”

1Tim. 2:1-4—“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties & prayers, petitions & thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings & all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil & quiet life in all godliness & dignity. This is good & acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved & to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

—Illustration:

My salvation/Head of house/Influence on others—children-WifeNeighbors/AUTHORITY

—Application:

Your 2nd chance could grant Salvation to those in AUTHORITY!

?Your 2nd chance granted AUTHORITY a 2nd chance?

?Is your 2nd chance God’s 2nd chance at fulfilling His desire?

?What will you do with your 2nd chance?

?Why has God given you a 2nd chance?

7—Extensions are granted to wayward servant’s for

SINCERITY’S SAKE(:7b-8)

—Explanation:(:7b-8)

:7—“....by the decree of the king & his nobles: Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing. Do not let them eat or drink water.

:8—“But both man & beast must be covered with sackcloth; & let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way & from the violence which is in his hands.”

—Argumentation:

Jer. 29:13—“‘And you will seek Me & find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”

1Chron. 28:9—““As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, & serve Him with a whole heart & a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, & understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.”

Joshua 24:14—“Now, therefore, fear the LORD & serve Him in sincerity & truth; & put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River & in Egypt, & serve the LORD.”

2Cor. 7:9-10—“I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance; for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God, in order that you might not suffer loss in anything through us. For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”

—Illustration:

Alcoholic/Takes final drink/Finally SINCERE

—Application:

Your 2nd chance could grant Godly SINCERITY to others

?Is your 2nd chance God’s 2nd chance at fulfilling His desire?

?What will you do with your 2nd chance?

?Why has God given you a 2nd chance?

8—Extensions are granted to wayward servant’s for

POSSIBILITY’S SAKE(:9)

—Explanation:(:9)

“Who knows, God may turn & relent, & withdraw His burning anger so that we shall not perish?”

“Turn”—Return/turn back

“Relent/Repent”—

—Argumentation:

1Cor. 10:32-33—“Give no offense either to Jews or to 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 the many, that they may be saved.”

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