JONAH A Whale of a Tale
Jonah 1:1-2 The word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city, and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.”
• Nineveh Joppa • Jerusalem
Lessons from Jonah 2 • What you Learn in the Light will be Valuable in the Darkness • You can pray anywhere
Humor from Jonah 2 • “I cried for help from the belly of Sheol” (Jonah 2:1) • “I have been expelled from Thy sight” (Jonah 2:4). • “All Thy breakers and billows passed over me” (Jonah 2:3 quotes Psalm 42:7).
Jonah 3:3 Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three days' walk (NAS). Now Nineveh was a very important city-- a visit required three days (NIV).
Jonah 3:4 Then Jonah began to go through the city one day's walk; and he cried out and said, “Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”
Jonah 3:9 “Who knows, God may turn and relent, and withdraw His burning anger so that we shall not perish?”
God’s Appointments • God appointed a Plant (4:6) • God appointed a Worm (4:7) • God appointed the East Wind (4:8)
Jonah4:10-11 Then the LORD said, “You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work, and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. 11 And should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?”
Lessons from Jonah • God is the first cause of all things • God is a Saving God • God wants repentance • God is compassionate