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Gaining God's Perspective (5 of 5)
This morning, we conclude our series through the Old Testament book of Jonah. In this short book, we see God's Relentless Grace. He showed grace to a disobedient prophet, grace to a wicked and sinful people, and grace to you and me as well. Today, form Jonah 4:1-11, I'm preaching on the subject, Gaining God's Perspective. READ TEXT
*''And they all lived happily ever after…'' We heard these stories when we were little. It always seemed like everything turned out just right. The prince and the pauper fell in love. The bad guys were always caught. The good guys always won in the end. The world was almost a perfect place. I wish that I could tell you that the book of Jonah had a happy ending. I wish that it was like all the fairy tales we read when we were kids; but it's not. And you know, I thank God for that! God shows us everything so that we might learn. He shows us the good, the bad and the ugly.*
We have been studying the book of Jonah for several weeks now. We have followed him from the very beginning when God called him to a task. We have surveyed his life as he sought to run from God's presence. We have seen God get his attention in a miraculous way through the means of a great fish and we have seen God's prophet preach the truth of the gospel to a city doomed to destruction.
In chapter 1, Jonah is the prodigal prophet; in chapter 2, Jonah is the praying prophet; in chapter 3, Jonah is the preaching prophet; and here in chapter 4, Jonah is the pouting prophet. READ 1, 3
*One of my pet peeves is people who whine. I think I go this from my dad; he couldn't stand whiners. One of the sayings around our house growing up was, ''be a winner, not a whiner.'' He would also say, ''when you get in a bind, don't whine.'' We come to find our prophet in chapter four whining and pouting; complaining to God. He had lost perspective. He had lost touch with reality. He had gained a hor ...
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