Jonah - Just Another Fish Story?

    Text:  The Book of Jonah


      The Story of Jonah
              Jonah was called by God to preach to Nineveh

              Jonah sought to avoid the call by fleeing

              His flight by ship was met with a fierce storm

              He realized he was the cause, and had himself thrown overboard

              He was swallowed by a great fish

              Jonah was spit up onto the shore three days later

              He travelled to Nineveh and delivered God’ Word

              The people repented, believed in God, and forsook their sinful ways

              Jonah was displeased and angry because God showed them mercy

              God used a vine and a worm to teach Jonah compassion

 

    What Jonah Learned

              You can flee from God, but You cannot escape His pursuit

              Disobedience to God is costly

              God sovereignly controls all things to accomplish His will

              God responds to faith and repentance even in the darkest times

              God cares about people who do not know Him 

 

    Is this story true?

               JESUS BELIEVED IT WAS TRUE.  (Matthew 12:39-41)

                   But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous
               generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it
               but the sign of Jonah the prophet; for just as Jonah was three
               days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will
               the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart
               of the earth.  The men of Nineveh will stand up with this
               generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because 
               they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold,
               something greater than Jonah is here.”

 

   What can we learn from this story?  (same thing Jonah did)            

               You can flee from God, but You cannot escape His pursuit

               Disobedience to God is costly

               God sovereignly controls all things to accomplish His will

               God responds to faith and repentance even in the darkest times

               God cares about people who do not know Him 

 

     What else can we learn?

               God rules over the nations
               All mankind is accountable to God’s moral law
               People can change

               True repentance is evident in changed behavior

               No matter the circumstances, there is always hope

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