Summary: Examining Jonah’s anger at God’s compassion for the Ninevites
Key Text: Jonah 4:8-9
Jonah’s anger caused five things to happen in his life.
1. Jonah’s anger caused him to RESIST God’s call (v. 1-2a)
A. We resist the call to pray when we are angry (1 Thess. 5:17).
C. We resist the call to serve when we are angry (Luke 4:8).
D. We resist the call to forgive when we are angry (Col. 3:13).
E. We resist the call to grow when we are angry (2 Peter 3:18).
2. Jonah’s anger caused him to RESENT God’s character (v. 2b).
God’s character: slow to anger
Jonah’s character: quick to anger
Jonah realized that God’s character was not the same as his character; instead of changing his character, he resented God’s character of forgiveness and love.
3. Jonah’s anger REVEALED his confusion (v. 3-4, 6-9)
Jonah’s behavior reveals that he is confused about what should be taking place.
Anger causes us to become confused: we lose our perspective; we forget what life is about.
4. Jonah’s anger caused him to REFUSE God’s compassion (v. 5)
Although God was compassionate, Jonah refused to have that same compassion.
5. Jonah’s anger caused him to not RECOGNIZE God’s concern (v. 10-11).
God was concerned about the salvation of Ninevah.
Jonah was concerned about the destruction of Ninevah.
Jonah’s anger did not allow him to have the same concern that God had: instead of being concerned about others’ welfare, he was concerned about their destruction.
HOW TO DEFEAT ANGER:
1) Be SLOW (James 1:19)
2) Be a SERVANT (Prov. 21:14)
3) Be SMART (Prov. 29:8; James 1:5)
4) Be SENSITIVE (Prov. 15:1)
5) Be SYMPATHETIC (Eph. 4:32)