A Second Chance God Part II. Jonah 3:1-10. Boice. We are told that the people “believed God.” Faith should never rest in the messenger, but in God who gives the message. This is one mark of all true revival and true preaching. William Banks.
We are told that the people “believed God.” Faith should never rest in the messenger, but in God who gives the message. This is one mark of all true revival and true preaching.
We are moved to speak of Jonah’s God as the God of the Second Chance. But honest sober reflection compels the saint to speak of Him as the God of the 999th chance! Such gracious mercy as was extended to Jonah here, and to David, and to the thief dying upon the cross, and to Peter—surely it has been granted to all believers through the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
The honor due to God alone is profaned as soon as men ascribe the smallest portion whatsoever of it to the creature.
Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.
They were not content with formal unmeaning acknowledgments. They bewailed their guilt; they saw how deeply they had merited the Divine displeasure; and they strove by earnest supplications to ward off from themselves the judgments which the avenging Deity was about to inflict upon them.
Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.
I hear the words of love,
I gaze upon the blood,
I see the mighty sacrifice,
And I have peace with God.
If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, 8 and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it.
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent did he bring them out, to kill them in the mountains and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your burning anger and relent from this disaster against your people.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…