Jonah and the Great Fish: Part II
July 31, 2011 Speaker: Series: Summer Cruisin'
Topic: Bible Verses about Water Verse: Jonah 3:1–3:2
“Jonah and the Great Fish: Part II”
Pastor Duane Cross | 07.31.2011
“Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: ‘Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give to you.’” (Jonah 3:1-2)
“Then he issued a proclamation in Nineveh: ‘By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let any man or beast, herd or flock, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.’ When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.” Jonah 3:7-10(NIV)
1) God wants to change your heart toward your enemies.
2) God can use an “imperfect” vessel.
“Now we have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.”
2 Corinthians 4:74:7(NLT)
“But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. He prayed to the Lord, ‘O Lord, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, O Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.’” Jonah 4:1-3(NIV)
WE ARE NOT SAVED BECAUSE WE ARE CIVILIZED OR GOOD CITIZENS OR MIDDLE CLASS OR RELIGIOUS OR NON-BARBARIC.
We are saved 1) broken heart; 2) repentance; 3) absolute surrender to God.
“But God said to Jonah, ‘Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?’ ‘I do,’ he said. ‘I am angry enough to die.’ But the Lord said, ‘You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?’” Jonah 4:9-11(NIV)
“Is your desire to see the lost and broken come to Christ greater than your personal comfort?”