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Character Revealed (1 of 2)
Ch. 1: Jonah refuses to go to Ninevah and runs away from God and gets eaten by a fish
Ch. 2: Jonah cries out to God, God has mercy, and the fish vomits Jonah onto the land
Ch. 3: God gives Jonah a second chance to go to Ninevah and Ninevah repents
Then we get to chapter 4 and we continue to see not only the character of Jonah revealed but also the character of God.
I have to confess, I really do not know why God chose Jonah to be His prophet to Ninevah, except to show that He can use stubborn, racist, angry people to build His kingdom and to turn sinners to repentance.
Read Jonah 4:1-4
Introduction: Those People
- I can't believe those people
- Those people are ruining their city
- I can't believe those people voted him into office
- I can't believe those people actually believe that
- Those people are trying to kill us
- Those people, those people, those people
We hear the phrase all the time and sometimes we even hear it come out of our own mouths. Those people.
Those people could be any group that we have some sort of disagreement with, or opposition to, or simply we are discriminating against. And by the way, those people are probably calling us the same, those people.
For Jonah, those people were the Ninevites. Jonah believed that those people had no right to the mercy and grace of God. They were too ruthless, too corrupt, too evil. And as we just read Jonah would rather die than see them repent and have God shower them with love and forgiveness.
We tend to think that the book of Jonah is about the prophet Jonah and a whale. But in reality, the Book of Jonah is about God carrying out a Mission. God had a message for the people of Ninevah, repent and believe. Come back to God, your Creator, who loves you dearly, who wants you to experience life the way it is supposed to be lived and to worship God as you were created to do. The ...
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